Society/Culture

True confessions:  I am a junky for pop culture  - media, movies, theater, fashion, popular reads.  Fascinated by influential externalities, I like to explore what is happening broadly within society. What influences are capacity for flourishing?  How do things like gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic, age impact our daily lives?  How do we create spaces for human connection and interaction?  

A Sea of Red:  Chiharu Shiota's Installation at the Venezia Biennale

Imagine yourself immersed in a sea of red.  This was my experience walking into the Japan Pavilion at the 56th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.    In her statement on youtube, Shiota (2015) spoke about keys carrying human stories and memories of events even noting how the shape of the key is like the shape of a human body.  "If you have a key in the hand, you have a chance."  I resonated with the interconnectedness represented by the installation.  Read more.  

Stone Campbell Dialogues: Addressing Race and Racism Within the Church and Society

From the outset I sensed that a conversation about race and racism would be a tough conversation.  These sorts of topics are maddening in their personal and systemic reach and difficulty.  Replete with images and messages depicting Black and White Americans, our media highlights challenges on a regular basis.  So it was that a group of Christians committed to dialogue, conversation, and frankness convened to explore Black and White within the church in the United States.  Read more.  

Third Spaces: Saying Goodbye to Amano Bistro in South Phoenix

We don't quite know what to do with ourselves on Friday nights.  Our favorite locally owned restaurant has closed - "lost their lease" to make room for a parking lot.  OMG, when I read the Facebook announcement, I felt as though I were punched in the gut.   How many places do you go where an expressed goal is to 'treat you like family?' Amano's departure and our sense of grief is about a loss of community and connection.  Oldenburg's concept of Third Places offers an explanation why.   Read more

A Leader's Guide to Radical Hospitality:  Graduate Commencement Speech

(Subtitle:  Lessons Learned from a dog named Lovee).      Dr. Green's  Introduction begins at 10:09 and the speech begins at 21:10 through 38:39.  Listen

Excerpt:

It seems as though we are at a juncture in human history where we must intentionally consider Francis Schaffer’s question of how shall we than live. Our human tendency to categorize, connect with those like us, and to declare difference as not right but wrong has profound implications in an increasingly pluralist society. This is our leadership challenge. Drath, a leadership scholar questioned “How can people who make sense of. . . the world from differing worldviews” work together? How indeed? By demonstrating hospitality we might create more welcoming spaces and orientation towards others.