Creating Sustainable Beauty

I have to be honest--I kind of enjoy putting out fires. Not actual fires, but ministry fires, work fires, task fires. When something has to get done NOW I don’t have time to think, to prioritize, to second-guess. I just get it done...and it’s done! It feels satisfying, efficient, and important. 

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Kyle Brooks
The Power of Connect Groups

Crappy Dinners. 

Have you heard of these? 

Apparently, they’re designed to dismantle the pressure that many people feel when faced with the prospect of having people over for dinner. Maybe you are familiar with it - the almost compulsive need to clean up the house to make it presentable; to use the “fancy” glasses; to cook something “special”, but pull it off as normal. Crappy Dinners are supposed to challenge that compulsion, and in the face of guests arriving, invite you to not to tidy up, and not to cook anything out of the ordinary.  

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Catherine Evans-Smith
Hood Grace

A few years ago I came up with the phrase “Hood Grace.” I wanted the term to spark a movement in and around neighborhoods everywhere--especially in under-resourced areas where you’d think there were no redeeming qualities. I wanted “Hood Grace” to be a term that brought pride and ownership in those communities.

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Bernard Emerson
Re-envisioning Beauty

Don’t you find it frustrating when you can’t agree on whether something is beautiful or not? Recently, my husband and I were trawling Craigslist, on the hunt for a new-to-us bedframe and chest of drawers for our bedroom. If you’ve ever done this or something similar, with a spouse, sibling, or housemate, it won’t surprise you to know that it took us a while to find something we both liked. We’d ping each other with links to things we each liked, only to be met with “meh”, or “eugh, no way!” from the other person. Our priorities and tastes were different, and what we recognised as beautiful and desirable often clashed.  

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Catherine Evans-Smith
What if God had said, "It is Bad"?

In the beginning God created the world. He created the sea, the land, the fish, the birds, the mammals, the reptiles, the plants, the livestock, and the people. And when God finished, he said, “This is no good. I don’t like it at all.” 

Of course, this is not what Genesis tells us that God concluded about his creation. But what if it was? What if God didn’t say “It is good,” but rather, “It is fine,” or worse, “It is bad?” What would that tell us about God? What would that tell us about us?

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Kyle Brooks
Beauty In Pain

Two weeks ago my nephew Davyon was shot and killed. It was a tough time for me and my family, and it still is. He was so young and hadn't really started to live his life yet. He was only 23 years old. The way he died is a major source of pain for us. “Man...if only he had been home and didn’t take that ride.” That’s what I keep thinking to myself. I’ve also found myself wondering, “Where is God in all of this? What’s beautiful about it?” 

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Bernard Emerson
Finding The Beauty In Your Own Story

This weekend, I found myself sitting at my desk with a pile of my old journals, the Photos app open on my laptop, and a notepad out attempting, rather nostalgically, to get down on paper the timeline of my life over the last six years - the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the places I’ve been.

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Catherine Evans-Smith
Why We All Need Beauty

Not long ago, I walked down a path in Big Sur feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, out of touch with my feelings, and wondering whether what I had been doing was making a difference. And then, like a revelation, these wildflowers jumped into my field of vision. Their petals practically glowed pink in their inner ring, transitioning to intense purple outer tips. 




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Kyle Brooks
Tapestry Kids: Our Approach to Our Children's Growth

If you and your kids are new to Tapestry, your family has just started a very important journey. Many people think that the Bible is book of rules, or maybe insightful tidbits about God and how to live. But it's so much more than that! 

The Bible is one story. It's a story about God and his unrelenting, never-ending love for his world and his people. Our goal at Tapestry Kids is that your child will know God's unrelenting, never-ending love for them, and that they will find their place in God's big story. 

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Kyle Brooks
Thanksgiving as a Way of Life

It's that time of year again. Across the country preparations are being made for the eating and drinking that will inevitably send many of us into the annual Thanksgiving food coma. Families and friends will gather around tables, and do their best to keep the conversations light hearted and politics-free, with varying success. And as the day draws to a close, we will usher in the mad rush toward Christmas.

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Catherine Evans-Smith
Creating Ideas to Catalyze Action for the Common Good

There’s a common story throughout churches in North America when it comes to doing good in the neighborhood. The people say, “We want to do something good in our community!” Then, the leaders go decide what that good thing is, and try and rally people behind it. Inevitably, only a small percentage of people have the right combination of passion, availability and giftedness for that kind of work.

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Kyle Brooks