Five years ago, low rent billboards in the San Francisco Mission carried this message. Oops ...
These days the same billboards carry this. A church friend asked what it was, so I did some cursory research. I don't know what "C3" refers to, but the "SV" part references Silicon Valley. This seems to come from a garden variety evangelical church plant aimed at our ubiquitous new hipster neighbors. C3 wishes to assure anyone who nibbles that they aren't in the guilt business. They inform the curious that they are "a generational church." I assume that is reassurance that this is not a place where seekers will encounter annoying old people. The latter impression is reinforced by the fact that they advertise children, youth, and men's and women's groups -- nothing for mature adults.
I guess some hipsters want a culturally comfortable church. It doesn't surprise me that some church would seek to fill that market niche. Time will tell whether this is an upgrade on Harold Camping's phantom Judgment Day.
My musings on current events, current projects, current anxieties and current delights.
I started this under the Bush regime when any grain of sand thrown into the gears of the over-reaching imperial state seemed worthwhile.
I have worked to elect more and better Democrats -- and to hammer the shit out of them once we get them in office so they do the things their constituents want and need. It's a big job.
I have endured the dashed potential for a more transformational regime under Obama. The man has made himself an accomplice in the imperial crimes of his predecessor as well as committing his own. He has also almost certainly been the most progressive president most of us will live to see. I fear we'll look back on his years in office with mild gratitude for a respite from national leadership that was habitually stupid and vicious, as well as wrong.
Visitors here will find a lot of commentary on books I'm reading. I am very intentionally reading intensively offline these days. When it feels hard to find direction, it's time to learn something new.
I'm a progressive political activist who runs trails and climbs mountains whenever any are available. I've had the privilege to work for justice in Central America (Nicaragua and El Salvador), in South Africa, in the fields of California with the United Farmworkers Union, and in the cities and schools of my own country. I'm a Christian of the Episcopalian flavor; we think and argue a lot. For work, I've done a bit of it all: run an old fashioned switch-board; remodeled buildings and poured concrete; edited and published periodicals, reports and books; and organized for electoral campaigns. I am currently an independent consultant to organizations seeking "help when you have to make a fight."