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HOUSE NEWS: Thanking Iris and Patrick as their Metanoia semester ends

The days at the end of semesters are always sort of rushed and harried. At the the GCW, we’ve tried to ritualize these endings by taking stock of what we are doing and what more we need to do; asking ourselves how well we are living and how our lives (individually and communally) can better reflect our deepest values; and most importantly, naming all that we have and have experienced for which we are grateful.

Fall Metanoia end: One of the most deliberate and enjoyable ways we do this happens each semester’s end at our last Roundtable. The last Roundtable of the semester is typically when we give thanks and celebrate the women and men who have participated in the Metanoia semester with us over the previous few months. So this Thursday, at 6pm, we cordially invite all of you to join us in thanking and honoring Iris and Patrick for their time with us this past semester. Come with stories to share, comments, advice, well-wishes and whatnot. We’ll also give them a chance to say a few words to about their experience at the GCW. It is always a nice evening and we are hopeful that many of you who have crossed paths with them this semester will join us. And don’t forget to bring a dish to share!

GCW on Facebook: A year or so ago, a few students at UF were very kind to set us up with a page on the popular social networking site Facebook. We’re using it to complement our website now and allow for interaction from folks near and far who are part of the GCW community. If you want to join our Facebook group, just click here and join us.

Some more quick links for you:

  • See photos from our recent trip to the annual vigil and action at the School of the Americas by clicking here.
  • See a report and photos from Patrick’s trip to Haiti last week by clicking here.
  • Find some good Advent and Christmas resources from Pax Christi USA by clicking here.

And thanks to everyone for all of the great help this past week! Special thanks to St. Luke’s Catholic Church from Middleburg; they made some exquisite soup (thanks Paula!) and did a great job hosting Sunday’s cafe. And to Nansi Carroll and the choir at St. Augustine’s for donating 10 tickets for us to take folks to see their Advent/Christmas concert last Friday! And don’t forget to go see our own Dan Kahn in the Hippodrome’s production of “A Christmas Carol”!

Click here for the rest of what is happening this week at the GCW.

In peace,

John

HOUSE NEWS: Going to Haiti, Anarcho-Primitivism, Advent and more!

Dear friends,

Our apologies for the recent lack of communication from us at the GCW. Things got a little busy, we went to the SOA (we’ll have photos up next week), then Thanksgiving week was upon us, and we simply didn’t find the time to get on the website and keep everyone abreast of what was going on. But we are back–Haiti, anarcho-primitivism, Advent. . . Come on, there’s really something for everyone this week! To jump right to the schedule for this week without the commentary below, feel free to click here.

We need some extra help this week! Patrick is off to Haiti this week on a one-person fact-finding delegation for Pax Christi USA, so we’re going to be a little short-handed, especially at Tuesday’s cafe, this week. If you can drop by and give us a few hours anytime Tuesday, between 10am and 6pm, we would be very grateful! And look for a Roundtable on Patrick’s trip to Haiti sometime in the spring semester.

Speaking of Roundtables. . . Rusty Poulette, GCW regular and staff member of the Presbyterian-Disciples Student Center, will be our speaker at the Roundtable this Thursday beginning at 6pm. Rusty spent some time with Friend of the GCW Ched Myers, a scripture scholar from LA, recently at a conference on “anarcho-primitivism.” Anarcho-Primitivism is a radical critique of civilization that has surfaced in the last few decades in response to our ecological crisis. New anthropological evidence suggesting that pre-civilized societies were actually less violent, more leisurely, much more egalitarian and much more ecologically sustainable has gotten many re-thinking the “superiority” of industrial civilization. Interestingly, a handful of theologians are re-reading scripture through this lens to find that the bible may actually be, as one anthropologist said, “the first known resistance literature to the project of civilization.” So join us on Thursday, bring a dish to share if you can, and check out Rusty’s presentation and our discussion.

Advent Morning Prayer: Each weekday at 7:30am, we’ll be doing a short Advent morning prayer, no longer than 30 minutes, if you’d like to join us. Also, if you’re looking for good ideas for prayer-study-action during Advent, check out Pax Christi USA’s website by clicking here.

In peace,

John