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…

Just peacemaking

I just finished re-reading Duane Friesen and Glen Stassen’s “Just peacemaking” essay in Transforming Violence and several passages seemed remarkably relevant to the Imagining Space project. They identify three theological convictions that undergird practices of just peacemaking: Biblical discipleship is grounded in the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The church is the…

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…

Audacious imagination

Kirstin’s editorial in the newest issue of catapult looks at how the idea to purchase Huss School is a little crazy … and that’s kind of what makes it good.

Andy Crouch is twittering about *cino

Thanks, Andy, for twittering about *cino’s Imagining Space project! Andy’s recent book, Culture Making, is fantastic and gets at a lot of the ideas driving what we do with *culture is not optional. In fact, we’re planning to review it soon for catapult …

Talkin’ ’bout our generation

Rob woke me up last night after I had just fallen asleep to let me know that our second donation had come in for Imagining Space–our first donation, really, since the initial one was our own. My first thought, and last one before falling happily back asleep, was, “Wow–the first three donors for this project…

More photos of Huss School

As we’ve noted in the property section of this site, we currently have an offer in on Huss School in Three Rivers, Michigan. I thought it might be helpful to upload a few more photos of the building and the property to help visual folks (like myself) get an idea for the space. The second…

The road to a space: Michigan

Continued from “The road to a space: early conversations” … Kirstin and I moved to Three Rivers soon after we officially began *culture is not optional and found ourselves falling in love with a beautiful small town filled with a diverse group of amazing people. We knew that this place was going to be a…

The road to a space: early conversations

Earlier this week, *culture is not optional put in an offer on historic Huss School in Three Rivers, Michigan. For some, this may be a surprising move for an organization that does much of its work online; however, several folks involved with *cino have been feeling that a move toward a physical space is an…