20 December 2009

Inner Metro Green: Two Big Announcments

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Friday night members of the board and staff of Inner Metro Green, the faith community of my wife and I, met for a few hours to discuss our collective future. It was one of the most honest and open discussions that I have been a part of. It was full hope and doubts and sorrow and relief. Most of all, I think, it was full of peace. Here are two announcements, or "status updates" in current lingo, dated Friday December 18, 2009 delivered via e-mail that came of that.



Hello and happy holidays to all. We are writing to inform you of some coming changes within the IMG community.

Firstly we are canceling our service for this coming Sunday
[December 20, 2009] due to the weather.


Secondly, and more importantly, Sunday December 27th will be very special: it will be Inner Metro Green's last Sunday morning service. If you have been a part of our faith community in any way, we invite you that Sunday to celebrate with us the goodness that has come from our two years of existence. After the music and a short message, the floor will be open for brief reflections by any and all, on what IMG has meant to you or those you know. We hope that you will join us as we sing, remember, celebrate, mourn, hope, and dream loudly together.

For now, house church has also ended. More details will be available Sunday December 27th or if you wish, you may contact us personally, about this.

We haven't taken this decision lightly. It has come through much prayer, reflection, and conversation....

Peace and Blessing to you,

Inner Metro Green

You can read more about Inner Metro Green and find contact information, if you have any questions, by visiting the website here.

18 December 2009

RECENT READS: BLACKEST NIGHT

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BLACKEST NIGHT  script - Geoff Johns / pencils - Ivan Reis / inks - Oclair Albert


Basic idea: "The dead will rise". Dead heroes and villain of the DC Universe are resurrected into the worst, and most gruesome, versions of themselves and chaos ensues. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and the Flash (Barry Allen) are trying to solve the mystery questions. Plenty of other beloved characters make appearances. The mystery involves the powers of different colors. 


Great emotion filled plot that could have been predictable and throw away, instead has true-to-character dialog and truly astonishing art. Seriously, I am not easy-going on comic book artists Ivan Reis' rendering combined with Oclair Albert's show work (inks) blows me away with each issue. Of note is their work on Flash and Green Lantern's detective work scenes which could be pretty dull.

I initially resisted picking up this beautiful limited series (eight issues) for the first four but I had good reasons:

1. Since I don't regularly follow GREEN LANTERN and Hal Jordan, one of the Lanterns, is the main star, I thought I might have missed relevant background material that would make this more enjoyable to read later on. I was wrong. One barely needs to know anything about the characters to follow the plot. Geoff's storytelling is solid on this.

2. Having paged through the first two issues the graphic content was a little on the gory side for my taste. It is true that there is some gore but not in the adult comic book way and it does make sense with the story and lends to the overall emotional impact.

3. If there is another main, hero, star of the book it would be Barry Allen as the Flash. If you have ever talked comic books with me you should know that I love all things Flash so this should be a reason TO read it! On the other hand, the FLASH: REBIRTH mini series, which reintroduces Barry Allen to the DC Universe is currently running.... and by running I mean RUNNING LATE! The final issue just was pushed back another two months which if it arrives will be four months after the last one. That said, BLACKEST NIGHT takes place after FLASH: REBIRTH and I hate to spoil plots for myself. So far this hasn't been an problem at all.

4. I was only buying monthly Flash and Justice Society of America books to keep the budget under control.

Is it creepy? Yes, of course and the storytelling shines all the more because of it.

12 December 2009

Inner Metro Green: Sunday of Worship and Meditation

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Last Sunday my church community, Inner Metro Green, broke out of our normal music -announcements -communion - offering - sermon routine. We spent our sunday service praying, listening, reading, waiting, and singing together for a little over an hour. We set this time aside because we aren't sure where we are going, what we are doing, or who will be along for whatever happens. So, we listened and are continuing to listen to each other and for God to speak. 


Perhaps you or your faith community is going through something similar. Here is a recording of the prayers, the readings, and one song (the only one not copyrighted, thanks Brian McLaren!). In them maybe you will find something useful or at least be amused by our efforts.
 
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