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Why culture. ish. Part II

March 14, 2007

Why culture. ish.?

Because that question has to be asked. In an atmosphere where every action is expected to be circumscribed and propped up by mission statements that read like the credo printed on top of bathroom hand dryers, where every endeavor is required to submit a financial plan and detailed cost analysis, where some new and trendy vision of the beloved community is always around the corner, asking to be made immediately real, culture. ish. seeks to make its place somewhere else.

We don’t aim to be in conflict with those things, but to exist outside of their tightly-knit world, subsisting in joyous practice. Our aim is not to communicate facts and bits of data. Rather, if we are looking to educate, it is in a deeper and more interactive sense – a mutual education that is found in sharing of ourselves and earnestly listening as we seek to practice a Christian relationship with art and culture, and in drawing those around us into that same ecstatic dance.

–ap

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Why culture. ish.?

February 26, 2007

culture. ish. is about education; the habits of knowing and doing. Education here means “being transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:1). So how does this happen? Contemporary college students, and the colleges that are supposed to serve them, have fallen into a horrible dualism (taken something whole and divided it into separate and disintegrated parts). On the one hand, is “Christian” education and the classroom that is suppose to teach students a Christian worldview, and on the other is the culture that surrounds students in all areas of their life, “it is the air we breathe,” the water we swim in.
We often separate knowing from doing. These are not two separate entities, with labels like “good” and “bad,” sacred/secular, etc. Rather, “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” ( Ps.24:1). Culture.ish. longs to see life holistically, like the Biblical narrative teaches. This does not, however, mean that Culture.ish. is a priest that baptizes and makes holy everything that it reviews and talks about so that students will know that it is safe and pleasing to God. Culture.ish. is the beginning of a conversation about what it means to live in God’s world, to see the world and hear the world the way God does.
It is deism to say that God doesn’t listen to U2 and watch <em>The Office</em>, because the Christian God is a God who is involved in our redemption, on a very physical level… “lowering himself…”(Phil. 4). God redeems us by making us discerning participants of this world, to be culture critics, culture lovers, and culture makers and shapers. Culture.ish. places its hopes in God being able to transform Geneva students from a view of a legalism that damns them to a view of God’s grace manifesting itself in all the places we sometimes fail to look. The Christian God is huge; we are merely the small and finite creatures. Hopefully Geneva College can be a place where people are known for having “eyes to see, and ears to hear,” and hearts and minds to practice wisdom and resurrection. Culture.ish. is an attempt to step faithfully into God’s world.

Why culture. ish.? Introduction.

February 26, 2007

Every Wednesday afternoon the culture. ish. contributors gathers on the third floor of Old Main for planning and conversation. Because one of our hopes in producing culture. ish. is to encourage conversation about popular culture, maybe getting at the “why” of our cultural participation, we thought as a group we should ask the question “why culture. ish.?” Over the next few months the black box will include individual and collect responses to the question “why culture. ish.?” and more fundamentally “why engage culture?” As always we encourage your contributions to the conversation online at www.culture-ish.com.