Closing today…

Thank you to all of you who have sent your congratulations on meeting our first fund raising goal, either virtually or in person or just through your thoughts and prayers. People keep saying to us, “Wow! You must be excited!” Well, yes, we are excited. It’s been so liberating to be able to begin imagining…

We made it? We made it!

It happened one weekend in early June of 2009: *culture is not optional crossed a threshold and entered a whole new realm of possibilities. What a Monday morning! It’s true, we’ve officially surpassed the $20,000 goal we set at the beginning of May in an attempt to see what might be in store for *cino’s…

Face-to-face on the Eat Well Food Tour

One of the primary reasons we launched the Imagining Space campaign was that, in an age of so much virtual interaction, we realize the distinct value of just being in the same place with other people. There’s simply no substitute for learning and loving in the presence of actual eyes and ears and physical embrace….

Modeling the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

For the past six years, Rob and I have been attending the Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh every February. Jubilee is a gathering of college students from throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada who have a hunger to learn about how faith thoroughly infuses all of life, from studies to vocation and everywhere in between. There…

Imagining Space for Culture Making

If you haven’t read the book Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch yet, we highly recommend it. Through stories, biblical exegesis, examples and cultural analysis, Crouch explores how the only way to change culture is to make more of it. Christians have become experts at certain “postures” or strategies toward culture–condemning, critiquing,…

In limbo the morning after

The number on the home page this morning is $15,805, which is $4,195 short of our $20,000 goal for May 27. What happens now? That’s a great question with a somewhat complicated answer. Let me first say that we’re thrilled at the amount of support people have shown for the Imagining Space project. We pushed…

It’s a big day. But it’s not the last day.

May 27 is here! We set this date and the $20,000 fundraising goal early in May according to the terms of *cino’s offer to purchase the historic Huss School in Three Rivers, Michigan. As I write, we have just over $5,000 left to go and we’re still waiting to see what the rest of this…

Why not dream a little smaller?

This morning, Rob and I worked at World Fare, the volunteer-run fair trade store we helped found in Three Rivers in 2003. Word has continued to circulate around town about our plans for Huss School and the Imagining Space project and one theme of the responses we’re hearing lately regards the huge-ness of this dream….

Failure and dreaming big: Words we needed to hear

Only one week to go to our May 27 deadline for raising $20,000. It’s way more money than we’ve ever raised before as an organization for a huge building that will take years and millions of dollars to renovate. We’ve already acknowledged that we’re crazy (but hopefully in a good, faithful crazy kind of way)….

The word around town on Huss School

As we’ve been searching for feedback on the possibilities we’re proposing for Huss School, we’ve been trying to get the word out around Three Rivers. Imagining Space has been featured recently… On WLKM radio At River Country Journal In the Kalamazoo Gazette Hometown South edition On the Liberty First forum

What happens to the money if we miss the $20,000 goal?

This question is a good one that we’ve heard a couple of times lately from some folks who are considering contributing to the Imagining Space campaign. There’s a brief answer in the FAQ section of the web site, but I thought it would be good to go into a little more detail. The current phase…

What people want for Huss School

Rob and I had several exciting meeting with local Three Rivers folks this weekend about the potential of Huss School and the ideas that are swirling around in the larger vision for a space in Three Rivers. Several themes emerged from formal and informal conversations: People want to see the Huss School building renovated and…