Closing date: June 10

We have an official closing date and time: June 10 at 3:00pm. We’re still a little short of the down payment amount necessary to close and we’re still working to secure insurance (which is proving more difficult than expected), but we’re moving forward in faith and trying to get everything in order nonetheless. There are…

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,…

Good news: closing postponed

The closing date on the Huss property has been postponed to June 10, giving us a bit more time to raise money and get other details in order. So that’s good news!

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…

St. Gregory’s Abbey

Last night after Compline, we sat up late into the night with Brother Cuthbert and two long-time Abbey guests at St. Gregory’s in Three Rivers. We had a great rambling conversation about the possibilities for partnership between *cino’s Imagining Space project and the Abbey, which seem to be myriad. Exploring the combination and intersection of…

Three Rivers Q & A session

Last night we held a hastily-arranged question and answer session in Three Rivers about the Imagining Space project. We gathered at World Fare (the fair trade store Kirstin and I helped found in 2003) to eat delicious treats (thanks Amber!) and discuss possibilities for the Huss School property. About a dozen people with various connections…

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)….

A few ideas about the off-campus program

One of the big ideas for the space that results from the Imagining Space campaign is an off-campus program for college students. In the course of shared meals, grocery trips, concerts and other activities with our student friends at Calvin College, we’ve come to realize the value of simply doing life together as a means of…

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…