Enter the Slave Garden

photo by Tulay Palaz
photo by Tulay Palaz

Living Hope Community Church meets at Ironwood Elementary School, and to enter, you must pass through a small gated courtyard before you reach the doors to the worship space.
Every Sunday we are able to come to our church space, pass through the gates, enter through the door, and participate in the worship service. There are no requirements, no check points, no guards at the door who require you to prove your worthiness to enter. You are not restricted by your age, your gender, your education, your finances or your past. You aren’t stopped because of who your parents are or were. You don’t have to present papers, or pay to enter. You are welcomed in freely.
But what if that weren’t the case? What if you showed up and there were chains on the gate? What if, suddenly, you were made to enter though a side door, and wait for the chance that you might (or might not) be allowed to enter? What if someone or something owned you, and you weren’t free to worship how or where or when you wanted, because the one who owned you had forbidden it?

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Proof comes to Fuller Seminary

This week, the Fuller Company will present our third-ever full-length production, Proof, written by David Auburn, for our winter offering to the Fuller community.   Proof centers around 25 year-old Catherine, who has spent the last several years caring for her father, Robert; a brilliant and famous mathematician who has become mentally unstable.  The play opens on the eve of her birthday, and we begin to discover what caring for her father has cost her—and it is certainly more than her social life.  Catherine is subjected to intrusions that she would not choose for herself, including the persistent presence of her father’s protégé Hal—who is looking for evidence of Robert’s brilliant mind in the pages of the 103 notebooks that he filled over the course of his illness.  Add to this the steam-rolling arrival of Catherine’s estranged sister, Claire, and we are quickly thrust into a world that many Fuller students might find uncomfortably familiar.

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Unscripted Ephesians: an introduction

Last quarter I took a class on Ephesians, and through a quarter-long series of events (including a pretty serious illness) I had to resort to taking an Incomplete in the class, in order to finish the final assignment at a later date. Then, as it turned out, my officially approved request for an Incomplete was held up on a technical matter—and it wasn’t until I was nearly half-way through the quarter when I learned that I could still make up the last assignment, and finish the course for a grade. But, by then I was well underway with my new class work and my thesis project; there wasn’t room on my plate for an extra research paper. In comes my friend and advisor to the rescue: she suggested that I pitch an alternative assignment to my professor, which I did—and he was intrigued enough by the idea that he has given me the go-ahead! So, without any more ado, I announce the forth-coming short series Unscripted Ephesians; where I will take a look at the Biblical book of Ephesians, Faith Unscripted style. This may be a little different than some of my other posts, but I invite you to join in the dialogue just the same!

The Paradox of Things Planned

Being a “creative person” requires a basket full of skills and abilities; things like time-management, the ability to multitask, and faith.  I say faith because at some point in the process, when you are neck-deep in your project, there will come a point where you will be certain that it cannot be finished, that the project will not come to fruition, and in some way you will fail.

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Who says you’re in?

As many of you know, I am the president of the theatre group at Fuller Theological Seminary, The Fuller Company.  When we plan shows, we open auditions to the greater Los Angeles acting community as well as the Fuller student body, for various reasons.  Not too long ago, we held auditions for our latest production, and as it turns out, all three roles in the show went to actresses from outside of Fuller.  Now the question came up,

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Cryptic Announcement of the Day

photo by Suse Sternkopf. used with permission

It’s coming!

I am happy to announce that I am in the development stages of my thesis project for my degree program at Fuller Theological seminary. This page will be a cornerstone of that thesis project.

So, what is it you ask?

entering into conversation

I do not usually do two back to back posts on the same topic, but a friend of mine also posted on the film Another Earth on his blog, The Burner, here: http://theburnerblog.com/arts/sundance-movie-review-another-earth/

He pretty much panned the film, and I disagreed with him enough to basically write an entire post in response.  I posted it in the comments section there, and have re-posted it for you here.

Another opinion on Another Earth.

With respect, I have to offer a different opinion about the Sundance film, Another Earth.  And, to be fair, be warned that in order to do this, I may have to reveal more about the plot than one may wish to know before viewing the film.

Another Earth is indeed a mildly sci-fi film, built on the premise that a duplicate Earth has been discovered.  But this is not what the movie is about; it is merely the platform for a deeper question to be explored:  what is forgiveness, who do we need it from, and how do we get it?  Continue reading “entering into conversation”

Sundance Pick: Another Earth

When writers Brit Marling and Mike Cahill began working on ideas for a screenplay, they started with a simple question, what would it be like to meet yourself?  They But while the idea was intriguing, it wasn’t enough to build a film.  They pushed further:  What is the one thing that you would want from that encounter with your other self?  They answer they came up with is perhaps the hardest thing:  Forgiveness.

Although categorized as science fiction, Another Earth refrains from excessive special effects or plot lines that test one’s tolerance of the fantastic.  Instead, it is the simple story of a young girl who has to face the consequences of a devastatingly simple mistake.  Continue reading “Sundance Pick: Another Earth”

Some thoughts

Sitting in our morning lecture, and I have a whole train of thoughts competing with, and in response to, what Todd Johnson has to share this morning.
I got to thinking about what kind of theatre I might want to do and I returned again to the idea of shows with questions, ideas and topics that stir people up into conversation and even to action.  Seeing theatre as a potential catalyst for the community, for the church. And then I heard the naysayer in my head.  “Bleeding heart” Continue reading “Some thoughts”

Hello from New York

Well, I’ve tried to do some video blogging just for fun, but as these things go, technical difficulties have arisen.  So, if you get to see the videos, it will likely be much after the fact.

Oh, well.

I can tell you that I have never been in a more humid environment before, and it takes some getting used to.  But that’s pretty much all I have to complain about, and that ain’t too bad. Continue reading “Hello from New York”