Monday, March 19, 2007

Mark Scandrette--Tuesday April 10th

On Tuesday April 10th (at Bare Bones Grill from 7-9pm), I am excited to say that we will have Mark Scandrette joining us. Check out his blog. He is also the author of a new book, Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus which will be released in mid-April while he is with us! Soul Graffiti explores the message of Jesus as an invitation to embrace life as a sacred journey— learning to collaborate with our Maker’s intentions to bring healing and greater wholeness to our world. Through stories and reflections, Soul Graffiti addresses the questions, “What was the essential message of Jesus and how can we inhabit that message as a way of life?” What if everything matters? Soul Graffiti, is an invitation to explore the life and teachings of Jesus as a pattern for pursuing a spiritual path that is fueled by compassion, creativity, community and connection. Here are some quotes about the book as well as Mark's bio. Hope to see you for a great evening with Mark and save May 22nd and June 19th for the next couple possible cohort dates, Tim early praise for Soul Graffiti “Mark Scandrette guides us in this beautifully written and brilliantly illustrated book along a path towards actualized spirituality in a postmodern world. The book provides new avenues to ancient truths.” —Tony Campolo, professor of sociology, Eastern University “Through Mark’s rich insights and reflections, and especially through his stories … about Jack, Richard, Gary, Caroline, Emperor Arcadia (you’ll never forget him!), Michelle, Beryl, and many others, you’ll get an honest and inspiring view of what ‘the emergent conversation’ is really about, and what it’s for.” —Brian McLaren, author/activist ( “Soul Graffiti is not so much a book as it is an encounter—a deadly serious encounter—with a Christianity that is urban, American, un-institutionalized, and now. If you truly like your own Christian walk just the way it is, you definitely should not read this book.” —Phyllis Tickle, religion analyst and compiler, The Divine Hours “Scandrette guides us down a winding, beautiful path through an urban park of whole-life Jesus-y spirituality. It’s a story-weaver's bountiful spread - filled with chocolate and wine and artisan bread—of the present Kingdom of God. See that the Lord is good, indeed.” —Mark Oestreicher, president, Youth Specialties “Soul Graffiti chronicles Mark Scandrette's brave exploration into an intentional, lived Christianity. In a world numb to religion, inhabiting the way of love may be the only apologetic left.” —Sally Morgenthaler, “In Soul Graffiti, Mark Scandrette strips away the religious traditions that cloud our view of Jesus and gives us the courage to investigate the transformational message. If the challenge for churches and for individual followers of Christ is to live out the gospel, this is the help we need.” —Nancy Ortberg, Founding Partner, Teamworx2 “Soul Graffiti is creative, inspiring and challenging in equal measure. Mark has a wonderful way with language weaving together stories, metaphors, and insights that combine into a poetic call to take seriously the radical nature of Christ’s life and teaching and live it out in our own communities.” —Jonny Baker, Church Mission Society, London, UK Mark ScandretteMark Scandrette is the executive director and cofounder of ReIMAGINE, and a founding member of SEVEN. With extensive experience providing leadership in churches and community based organizations, Mark has a B.S. in Applied Psychology, studied theology at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and has been a minister, writer and spiritual teacher for 15 years. Mark is the author of SOUL GRAFFITI: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus (Jossey-Bass Wiley 2007) and contributor to several other books including: AN EMERGENT MANIFESTO OF HOPE (Baker 2007) THE RELEVANT CHURCH: A Vision for Communities of Faith (Relevant Media 2004), and COMMUNITY OF KINDNESS (Regal 2003). Mark is also a senior fellow with Emergent Village, a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders. He lectures frequently with the U.S. Center for World Missions, leads retreats and workshops and provides life coaching and spiritual direction. He is married to Lisa Scandrette, the educator and textile artist. They have three children and live in an old victorian in San Francisco's Mission District.