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An Introduction to Futurescaping

An Introduction to Futurescaping

April 24, 2019

If Easter is announcing anything, it is that the world is wide open. Possibilities belong to those who have eyes to see them and the will to work toward them. There are many things today that may make you cynical, resigned and hopeless, but that’s not all that is happening. There are movements, ideas and inventions that will not be ignored pointing to a future big enough for our dreams. It's time to do some futurescaping.

 

the Power of Yet: Easter Sending

the Power of Yet: Easter Sending

April 22, 2019

This episode is final thoughts from Greg Meyer at the close of our Easter gathering 2019. Hope and possibility continues to abound and we find the stories surrounding Easter pushing us toward such hope and possibility. 

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The Power of Yet

The Power of Yet

April 21, 2019

If Easter is announcing anything, it is that the world is wide open. Possibilities abound in a world with people who have eyes to see them and three strands worth of strength, insight, courage and persistence to make them happen! Sure, there are reasons to lose hope but there are movements, ideas and inventions that say, “Not Yet!” In this episode, Greg has a conversation with Romper the otter to explore that hope in ways that speak to everyone’s heart; young and old.

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Living Room: Soul Space

Living Room: Soul Space

April 14, 2019

Soul Space. Both words have much to say. ‘Soul’ is the immutable, true you; often buried in layers of distractions, shame, worry, games. ‘Space’ is what you look up into at night; unlimited, unending, largely unknown and unexplored. What if… what God is up to is soul space? Living room for that inextinguishable kernel that is you, and everyone else too. This week before Easter is a sobering time of ups and downs worth remembering and celebrating.

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Living Room conversations with Sara Joy Proppe

Living Room conversations with Sara Joy Proppe

April 10, 2019

Melissa, Greg, and Chris got the pleasure of spending some time with Sara Joy Proppe after our gathering to continue conversations about what it looks like to make Living Room in the physical spaces we inhabit. 

Living Room: Creating a Spacious Place

Living Room: Creating a Spacious Place

April 7, 2019

Living room is an invisible space we create for ourselves and others, but it is also physical space. In our enthusiasm for erecting structures and roads we sometimes leave little living room. The Garden of Eden may not be our goal, but physical space that doesn’t crowd us out would be nice. Sara Joy Proppe of the Proximity Project (proximityprojectinc.com) has made a life of creating space for people and joined us in this conversation. Other voices in this episode are Scott Schluter who created a welcoming threshold to his property and Kris Meyer who works for the Freshwater Society and educated us about a rain garden project coming to Field Community School where we gather on Sundays.

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Living Room: Safe Space 2

Living Room: Safe Space 2

April 1, 2019

As people start claiming living space, others get nervous. We see it as women seek their way into corner offices. Our non-white neighbors expect their fair place in the world, not to be held prisoner of stereotype and suspicion. People are threatened as their LGBTQ neighbors come out of the closet and head to the living room. We all participate in systems that keep space safe for us at the expense of others. Let's be part of changing the systems.

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Living Room: Safe Space

Living Room: Safe Space

March 24, 2019

One big reason you need to find your own living room is to help others find theirs. When we focus on protecting rather than creating space others get pushed out with nowhere to go. This isn’t just figurative, folks. People who haven’t had a seat at the tables of power are cut off from the stuff of life. If God is about anything, it’s about including, loving, making space for everyone. And you don’t have to lose your space to give it to others. In fact, you will only truly find yours when you share it.

In this episode, Chris Lillehei shares his thoughts, stories, and experience to help us make living room for others.

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Living Room: Always On

Living Room: Always On

March 17, 2019

There are fewer and fewer places you can’t be reached. Fewer and fewer experiences, events, happenings not being reported to the world via social media. And that’s just because of your smartphone! There is also your job, school, friends and family who all expect they can reach you whenever, wherever. Psychologists and therapists are telling us this inescapable availability is creating the most anxious generations ever. Let’s talk about your living room.

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Practices to Make Living Room

Practices to Make Living Room

March 12, 2019

"Lent" has been used as a tool for beating up on ourselves, but is there something helpful to glean from practices of self-denial, discipline, and space-making? Greg, Chris, and Melissa dig in to the ways that they're using this season to build practices, capacity and focus. 

Living Room: Welcome to Your Living Room

Living Room: Welcome to Your Living Room

March 10, 2019

Why be welcomed to your own living room? Maybe because you haven’t found it yet. Seriously, something about the world these days gets us so wrapped up in great stuff that our room to live is squeezed out. So much so that Greg Meyer is willing to start this conversation rolled in in a box. It's so easy for life to become all about keeping up, packing it in, making the most of, and not being left out. What gives way for all that to happen? You!

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A Morning with Terry Esau

A Morning with Terry Esau

March 3, 2019

Terry, a longtime friend of Fabric, has been turning people's thinking upside down his whole life. His books “Blue Collar God / White Collar God” and “Surprise Me, God” did it. He then turned generosity on its head starting Free Bikes 4 Kidz in 8 cities giving away 5-6000 bikes a year. Just this month Terry stood us all on our heads publishing “Jesus asks America to kindly ‘cease & desist’ in using his name” in City Pages. In this episode, we get to relish the challenge and do a little paradigm adjustment with stories and wisdom from Terry Esau.

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Small “t” truth: Alive - The Cost of small “t” truth

Small “t” truth: Alive - The Cost of small “t” truth

February 24, 2019

There is no doubt that living in a small “t” truth world is harder. Nothing is ever settled once and for all. We have to keep thinking and considering how what we believe applies right now. But for all that trouble it can also breathe grace into unforgiving rules, return suppleness to rigid systems and open space in too tight to fit categories. This episode asks how better questions, curiosity and movement can make the shift and bring life.

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Small “t” truth: Experience

Small “t” truth: Experience

February 20, 2019

It’s one thing to talk about the different worlds of Big “T” Truth and small “t” truth, but the real challenge is becoming fluent and comfortable in the small “t” world.  In this episode, we take a little time to cultivate space for truth. 

The text from the original poem that Chris Tripolino shares in this episode can be found here:

 
Today I had the courage to come to your house
I would have been mostly content to stand upon the threshold
But something within me reached out
And rang the bell
 
You came and welcomed me in
as a friend
Without a thought of the arrogant things I’ve said
about you
And right away I could see 
I was wrong anyway
 
These weren’t the sterile halls
Glass and polished ivory
There is life here; wisdom, and magic
 
Your house is full of children
Their songs and laughter echoing sweetly through the corridors
Elders sit at your table
and sometimes speak
But break the silence reverently, reluctantly interrupting a friend
 
The poets play in your fields
The scientists know to stay nearby
The theologians sit on the fences beyond
An interesting view, an uncomfortable seat
An unprompted vow to abstain
from experiencing these lands firsthand
 
Yes, there are many who live far beyond
The politicians in their perches knowing when to speak your name
The pundits, editorializing, obscuring
selling tickets as if the view was the main event
 
The rest, perhaps content to live on the borderlands
In the shadow of your gates
A s I was 
For a time

 

A Petrified God…

A Petrified God…

February 12, 2019

Chris Tripolino and Greg Meyer talk about some of the ways that society (especially Western Christianity) has gotten good at petrifying some of the profound parts of life. It's worth noticing where it happens to make it easier to avoid and keep focusing on the places full of life! 

small “t” truth: Petrified

small “t” truth: Petrified

February 10, 2019

Petrified - The Big “T” Truth Effect.

Nothing kills the truth like naming it. Or, you could say, capitalizing it. As human beings we are capable of amazing things, but one of them is not grasping the meaning of life, the universe and everything. Nonetheless we play god and turn our living glimmers of truth into rock solid Truth. We don’t have to. Let’s talk about celebrating our ‘ahas’ and resisting the temptation of making them lifeless ‘isms.’

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4 Big Decisions: How Will I Establish My Career? (Pt. 2)

4 Big Decisions: How Will I Establish My Career? (Pt. 2)

February 3, 2019

In case you are wondering if this is really about how to kick your career into high gear, it’s not. Your career is the wrong question to start life by answering, the better question would be about your character. Not “What do I do?” but “Who am I?” This week, Greg Meyer digs in to that deep question and everything that surrounds it.

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4 Big Decisions: How Will I Establish My Career? (Pt. 1)

4 Big Decisions: How Will I Establish My Career? (Pt. 1)

January 30, 2019

In case you are wondering if this is really about how to kick your career into high gear, it’s not. Your career is the wrong question to start life by answering, the better question would be about your character. Not “What do I do?” but “Who am I?” This week, our friend Reeve Hutchinson shared his story with us this; an interesting and compelling look into his personal journey that engages questions about career, purpose, and meaning encouraging us to start digging down to see what this foundation might look like so we can better decide where to start building.

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What’s Important or What’s Happening

What’s Important or What’s Happening

January 24, 2019

It's so easy to confuse what's important with what's simply happening. Greg Meyer, Melissa Lock, and Chris Tripolino share some conversation about how to get to those important things...those big decisions.

4 Big Decisions: How Will I Deal with Other People?

4 Big Decisions: How Will I Deal with Other People?

January 20, 2019

Four Big Decisions: How Will I Deal with Other People? Ever notice that people are pretty weird until you get to know them. And then when you get to know them too well they get weird again? Yeah, people are like that; they are full of things that aren’t convenient or compatible with you. Question: Should they be? Maybe there is a score with your ‘you-ness’ that needs to be settled before you figure out what to do with their ‘other-ness.’

Find the outline and related resources at https://www.fabricmpls.com/scraps. Also watch for our regular "scraps" podcasts where we talk through other ideas and parts of the message that ended up on the cutting room floor.

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