Joy to the World the Lord has come (and so has the end of another year!) It is time for my annual report to my readers (staublog, books, religious news service nationally syndicated column), listeners (The Kindlings Muse podcasts, Moody Broadcast Network Culturally Savvy Christian Commentary) supporters & friends. This is also an invitation for you to become a financial partner with a donation at year's end.
We rarely remind you that this site (and all our work) is donor supported, so if you have just started reading this blog---please forgive us. If you are a long-time reader--send lost of cash right now!!! You can make a tax-deductible donation via PayPal (click The PayPal button to the right) or to the address listed below.
In 2007 The not-for-profit Center for Faith and Culture (CFC) has continued our mission to rekindle the spiritual, intellectual and creative legacy of next-generation Christians in culture. We do this in three ways:
1) Communicating: "The Kindlings Muse (TKM) is our live show taped for podcast (Listen today!) & distributed online and through iTunes. It originates as four shows--TKM @ Hales Ales Brewery and Pub, TKM @ The CS Lewis Centre, TKM @ The Movies and TKM @ Sundance Film Festival (with Windrider)
2) Building a Community of today's Kindlings: by hosting by-invitation retreats for " devout, thoughtful Christian creatives (drawn from the arts, academy and church) already making a significant contribution in culture. Alumni include Lou Carlozo, Craig Detweiler, James Elaine, Mako Fujimora, Grant Goodeve, Nigel Goodwin, Bruce Hermann, Paul Ingram, Rand Miller, Scott Nolte, Rebecca VerStraten-McSparren, Marty O'Donnell, Marcie O'Donnell, Ted Prescott, David Raven, Joe Rehfeld, Jennie Spohr, Gregory Wolfe and others.
3) Cultivation of next generation "Kindlings: through a variety of means: writing, speaking and partnering with other organizations like IMAGE JOURNAL, The International Arts Movement and The Windrider Forum. Books like my newly released The Culturally Savvy Christian are another way of cultivating a next generation of kindlings. In 2008 we plan to launch a new Artists & Lecture Series. We would also like to produce our first ever Faith, Art & Ideas Conferences on Orcas Island.
You play a vital role in our work because none of what we do is possible without your prayers and financial support.""Year-end contributions are especially essential to finishing this year strong and laying the groundwork for next year's ventures. CFC needs ($) 40,000 by December 31, 2007 and as of December 19 we have received ($) 10,000.
If you believe in our work of rekindling the spiritual, intellectual and creative legacy of next-generation Christians in culture, please do what you can today! (In the past, readers of this blog have contributed amounts large and small from ($) 5 to ($) 5,000.)
If you'd like to support this work, please mail your year-end tax-deductible contribution now (to: The Center for Faith and Culture, PO Box 77385, Seattle, Washington 98177) or simply click the contribute button below and make your donation via paypal. Any envelopes postmarked December 31, 2007 or earlier with checks dated December 2007 will be credited in 2007!
Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.
PS. And remember, these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have. (For Now).