Thursday, December 18, 2008

Our First Christmas

This is our first Christmas in Mulberry House and we were hoping we might be able to celebrate in some awesome way. With the help of some of our friends, we are able to do just that.

Jack knows a neighborhood family of a mother, father, two young boys, and a young girl. This family recently applied for aid with Toys for Tots and Salvation Army, hoping to get some help with toys for the children. Sadly, because resources are limited in our community, these organizations often face the difficult task of turning some families away. Unfortunately, this family friend of ours was among the rejected.

Mulberry House spread the word and some of our friends jumped at the chance to help. Southpoint Church in Grove City, Ohio (and some other cool folks as well) donated toys, wrapping paper, and other items to share with the family. Take a look:

Each of the children have several gifts to open on Christmas morning, and the mom and dad got a few things as well.

We know that this family works hard to take care of each other, and they love each other very much. That is why it's great to be able to bless them with material things. It is even greater still to know them and delight with them in the birth of our Savior and King, Jesus Christ.

And, being the new kids on the block, Tim and I are going to pass out some Christmas cookies to our neighbors this week. We're looking forward to meeting some new folks and getting to know them throughout our stay in this corner of God's Kingdom.

Here's to peace on earth. And to quote that brilliant theologian, Tiny Tim: God bless us, every one.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


We at the Mulberry House are happy to announce our collaboration with "Conspire!"

Consp!re is a quarterly publication that shares stories of community, revolutionary love, and creative new visions. Conspire! stubbornly insists that small, daily acts of faith, conviction, and integrity can change the world.

This is one of the projects that has spun out of the Community of Communities, or the nationwide network of communities that is being formed. When the project is up and running, the Community of Communities website will have a map of the United States highlighting intentional living communities across the nation. The idea here is to create a mechanism by which co-conspirators can network with one another. Mulberry House is a part of this community.

One way in which our communities can be united is through participation in a shared activity. To this end, each of the communities will contribute to the creation of the Conspire! quarterly journal (including Mulberry House).

Individual subscriptions will not be available for this publication; instead, each community will function as a distribution point.

The first issue is slated for release near Easter 2009. The theme of the first journal is "Resurrection Stories."

So, if you're interested in this new project, keep in touch with Mulberry House. We'll hook you up.