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Day 05

January 5, 2011
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by ryan [@rk_p]

Every year nearly 11 million children living in poverty die before their fifth birthday.

Day 04

January 4, 2011
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by ryan [@rk_p]

Less than 1% of what the world spent every year on weapons was needed to put every child into school by the year 2000.

Day 03

January 3, 2011
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by ryan [@rk_p]

Around 27-28 percent of all children in developing countries are estimated to be underweight or stunted. The two regions that account for the bulk of the deficit are South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate, with 1 out of 3 kids now considered overweight or obese.

Day 02

January 2, 2011
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by ryan [@rk_p]

Almost half of the world’s population (over 3 billion people) live on less than $2.50 a day.

Day 01

January 1, 2011
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by ryan [@rk_p]

 

The US consumes 25% of the worlds energy w/ only 4.4% of the worlds population.

Bearduary & Beyond

December 31, 2010
by ryan [@rk_p]

Last year I lasted a few months in to my attempt at photo journaling my life in 2010.  This year I am only committing to not shaving for the months of January & February.  I am doing this to raise awareness of the injustice that exists in this world as many of our sisters and brothers live in object poverty as a normal way of life.

I am not sure what will happen on this journey as I do not shave. I am not sure if it is even a viable way to support those that live in poverty.  It is what I have today and as I embark on this journey I am seeking answers in prayer and meditation.  The time and money I have spent on shaving or cutting my hair will be invested in the fight to end injustice and alleviate poverty that plagues many of this worlds citizens.

I trust that as I am being lead to this action that the divine will lead and connect me to other actions.  Peace be with you.

Where’s Your Hope?

October 19, 2010
by ryan [@rk_p]

In the Winter 2011 issue of Windows, alum Carol Howard Merritt reflects on themes in her recent book, Reframing Hope: Vital Ministry in a New Generation.

 

We want to know all the ways Austin Seminary graduates are experiencing revitalized ministry. To get you started, we’ve included some key concepts from Reframing Hope below. Tell us about your ministry or a ministry you know about in 50-100 words.

 

A new generation is longing for authentic community, a place that nurtures our spiritual lives and develops deep concern for one another.

 

We seek communities of faith that will hold us, communities within which we submerge ourselves into a river of sacred traditions centuries long.

 

Throughout our congregations, this renewed emphasis on the power of stories is changing the way we read, hear, and understand God’s word in the biblical text and how we reach out.

 

We are experimenting with different models of sustaining pastors in smaller churches.

 

We are reaching back to historic models, imagining what those practices would look like in a new context.

 

Reaching out begins with the practice of testimony, of sharing our lives with one another, and being fluent in talking about our spiritual journeys…What is new, what we are learning now, is how social media can enhance that connection.

 

Hope and activism are being reframed. An old hunger for the reign of God is taking on new vitality as we use new tools to reach out, inform, and connect with a new generation.

 

How are we teaching our children to love our Creator and to love and care for the creation? One way is by connecting the stories of our faith to our traditions and our practice.

 

In a culture where people are surrounded by sound and images that are masterfully designed to tell us we will never be successful, fulfilled, or satisfied enough unless we consume, there is a longing for spaces that give us time when we can hear ourselves thing and we can invite the voice of God.

Ten Tin Ton

October 10, 2010
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by ryan [@rk_p]

Quite in the Storm

October 9, 2010
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by ryan [@rk_p]

Los Tacos Volcanoes

October 8, 2010
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by ryan [@rk_p]