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Day 3

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We are looking forward to another full-day of Co-Creation 2012! The sun is shining, as it has been all weekend, and we have a beautiful gathering of individuals and small groups engaged in art, conversation, thought, and reflection. We’re so glad Co-Creation is finally here.

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(VIDEO) Co-Creation’s Sacred Space for the City

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Video Transcript: The co-creation festival, in general, as a whole is just a different way of thinking about expressing your own gifts in the world. It’s coming out of the servant-leadership approach. The Servant-Leadership of G reensboro has been having classes and teaching modern practices of spirituality that anchor their things down in your own unique gifts. The conference is about tapping into that and talking about it and hearing speakers, and once you access those gifts, how do you bring them out into the world, how you come up with new ministries, new creative efforts, new businesses that express that person that you are and what your calling is. One thing that I think is really exciting about the …

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Always new…since always

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Co-Creation 2012 Workshop leader and presenter Paul R. Smith says “The oldest thing you can say about God is that God is always doing something new.”   In his upcoming workshops Paul will explore the evolution of spirituality and consciousness to see what new thing God may be up to in the world and your life today. Check out the Friday/Saturday workshop description: God in 3D: A new and liberating way to understand and experience God in three dimensions. This builds upon the traditional Trinity and expands it to encompass today’s scientific exploration along with the experiences of the early Christians and today’s mystics. Have you registered yet?  It’s not too late:  http://co-creation2012.eventbrite.com/  

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The Collection–it’s not what you think.

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When I was asked to gather some media content from Greensboro folk band, The Collection, I wasn’t sure. I confess I come with an immediate bias and learned distaste toward Christian music, but hear me out.  I think we can agree some of the most profound music ever created since the beginning of time has been religiously inspired.    But then the 80’s happened.  And something awful happened to Christian music–Christian rock was introduced.  There were some gems, and everyone meant well. But it became painful.  There was this idea of wanting to sound like the music of the day, but have a different message. It’s imitation was the CheeseWhiz of a bland hunk of molding cheddar.  It was enough …

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Refuel, be inspired, and give

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  We asked Servant Leadership School instructors, friends, and fans to share what is sparking their Co-Creation enthusiasm. Poet Jacinta V. White writes: I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a six week session I developed titled, “Awakening Presence: Deepening Your Relationship With God Through Poetry,” at the Servant Leadership School of Greensboro (SLS) last year. In this intimate setting, we had the awesome opportunity to use poetry as a catalyst for going deeper in our personal walk with God.  We creatively explored the poetry of others and our own to ask and answer questions such as: Who is God? How do we relate to God? How do we sit with pain? How can we see God in our daily life …

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Art exhibition theme-rooms announced!

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Sacred Space art curator, Kathryn Schnabel tells us: “In the spirit of ‘evolving,’ after we saw the entire body of art work, each exhibition area ‘emerged’ with its own theme: from Mother Earth in the Haywood Duke Room to Family in the Forrest Room to Evolving From Stranger to Neighbor housed at FaithAction. The Nonprofit art projects, located at Temple Emmauel on Greene Street, are compelling as we can see that both the children and adults put great heart into creating the work as the images communicate authenticity and hope. From their work, we are reminded that we are all called to co-create–no matter how old or what our circumstance.” The Sacred Space Art walk will happen April 12-15, in conjunction with Co-Creation 2012 …

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Featured painter Scott Harris on “Reflecting Divine Beauty”

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Greensboro-based painter and sculptor Scott Harris is known as an “aluminum artist.”  His paintings often show washes of trees, pastures, ocean water, and city scenes–all passionately created on the support of industrial-style aluminum cut-outs.  This metal-medium creates a particular shimmer to the portrayal of an afternoon sky or a wave-like motion to a beachside scene.  Suddenly, you can feel the streaking wetness of a rainy day in the city–when you’re disappointed about the weather, but can’t help but suddenly notice all the reflected beauty. In preparing for our upcoming art exhibition, we asked this featured artist some questions about the interplay between spirituality and his creative process. Co-Creation:  Our theme is the “Spirit’s Call to Evolve.” In what ways has the …

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Mozart, Mozart, Mozart

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On Sunday, April 15, at 4 PM, the Gloria Deo Choir of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will present the final concert of the Co-Creation series of events in downtown Greensboro.  The principal work to be presented on this concert is Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, K. 339.  This very festive work is a setting of Psalms 110, 111, 112, 113, and 117, plus the “Magnificat” and will feature four soloists, strings, trumpets, timpani, organ, and choir.  The style of the work is similar to that of Mozart’s familiar Requiem, featuring beautiful melodies, ingenious writing for inner voices and instrumental accompaniment, and moving dramatic effects. The Gloria Deo Choir is  the oldest-established of the several choirs at Holy Trinity Church, singing traditionally at …

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…You begin to wonder if maybe you’re at the front edge of something…

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“I meet people along the way who model for me, each in a different way, what a new kind of Christian might look like. They differ in many ways, but they generally agree that the old show is over, the modern jig is up, and it’s time for something radically new…. You begin to wonder if maybe you’re at the front edge of something — if your tentative and anxious steps ‘off the map’ are actually the beginning of a new adventure into terra nova, new ground, fresh territory.” –excerpt from A New Kind of Christian by Co-Creation keynote speaker Brian D. McLaren

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Filming “The Collection”

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Perched on a church rooftop in the Glenwood neighborhood of Greensboro, NC, surrounded by budding trees and a setting sun, we filmed members of the surprisingly talented band, “The Collection.” This 15 member group will be joining us Saturday night, April 15th, as part of “Sacred Space for the City.” Stay tuned for the video. Here’s a still from the film, so you can see the view! Preview their music here.

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