Monday, February 22, 2016

[this little light -- purpose built lamps for a great cause]

A friend of ours gave me this funky little lamp, which you see here on my desk at work.

Picture of "Manning" lamp from This Little Light, on my office desk.
The lamp is made by "This Little Light Handmade Lamp Company", based here in Edmonton. Alberta. Here's what their site says:
We take materials that have been discarded and rebuild them into unique, one of a kind lamps. The process of crafting each lamp is a metaphor for how love can take something broken and make it beautiful. Each lamp is hand crafted by individuals living out stories of Hope, Strength, Resilience and Courage. Whether someone is transitioning back into society after years of incarceration, recovering from addiction, or getting back on their feet after a season of homelessness, This Little Light provides the opportunity for people to discover their second chance.

They currently sell six styles of lamps. You can see them all online, as well as buying them at Park Lighting if you are local to Edmonton.

Six lamps from This Little
This Little Light

Park Lighting

(prices as listed on 2016-02-02. subject to change)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

[our job is to bring people together]

I have trouble following American politics, and this is not an endorsement of Bernie Sanders, but
I love the message and the images in this ad:

Our Job Is To Bring People Together - Bernie Sanders video

"Our job is not to divide. Our job is to bring people together."

If we do not allow the Bible to divide us up by race, by sexual orientation, by gender...

When we stand together as black, white, indigenous, gay and straight and woman and man, when we stand together and demand that the church works for all of us, rather than the few, we will transform the world we live in...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

a joy to hear their voice and be in their presence

After previewing my video on uncertain spaces, a friend wrote this to me:
Hi Rob:

I have so many thoughts upon hearing this that it is hard to respond. My foremost thought (about your video) is that I loved to hear your voice. It is so you.  I guess that is what I want to feed-back to you.

If we really love people then all those things about them that might cause us "concern" are not so important. It is just a joy to hear their voice and to be in their presence.

So when can you and I get together to talk? D.

Hear the voice which inspired his comments.

link to 'uncertain spaces and declared spaces: an introduction' video

Monday, February 08, 2016

an apology from the Mesa Arizona Police Department

Kayden Clarke. Photo by self.In memory of Kayden Clarke, age 24, killed by Mesa Police Officers who were sent to follow-up on reports that he was suicidal, when he allegedly lunged at them with a kitchen knife. Mesa, Arizona. February 6, 2016.

Kayden's video of his service dog calming him during an Asperger's "meltdown" went viral last year.

we just want to say

from being trans
or having aspergers
but illegal in either case

we two kings responded with guns
and (reportedly) stun guns
at least one of us trained
in mental health crisis intervention

Forgive us
for killing you
we were called in to uphold the law against suicide
but really we just wanted to go on admin leave

poem by rob g

Read the story here.

See the video of Kayden and his service dog.


This is a false apology poem in the style of William Carlos Williams. If you are new to my blog, be aware that this is a social commentary blog. Most posts are rather frank and some are hard-hitting. Read more about this blog.

how your church sign looks to outsiders

Just hype? Actually, a study done of 16 - 29 year-olds found that these are the top three words associated with Christians....

The bigger question is: what words would you like to have associated with your church?

How could you make this a reality?