Church in the Cliff

Church in the Cliff

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Wednesday dinner plans?
The church that builds together... 😊 movable walls in progress...
Hey everyone! Some of us will be meeting at the church tomorrow (Friday) night around 7pm to make signs for Saturday morning's protest. Everyone is welcome!
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An emergent community of faith in the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas

Church in the Cliff is an inclusive and affirming community where all are welcome. We are a theologically and socially progressive Christian church where questions, dialogue, and justice-making are at the heart of our identity. At most of our gatherings, you’ll find people sharing food and conversation, as we seek to celebrate and create beauty in art, nature, the world and each other. We are located in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, TX. We meet at 11am on Sunday mornings. Hope to see you there! We have a closed group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/churchinthecliff/ Join it to stay in touch with the community!

Join us on zoom for Church at 11! https://zoom.us/j/231556858
Program at
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J6X_8Eb_rZOO5RPX5IcNwWY9lvovLIpL

Join us virtually via Zoom!
*On Sundays: https://zoom.us/j/231556858 or call +13462487799 with code 231556858#
*On Wednesdays: https://zoom.us/j/386987782
*Join us daily for lunch at noon CST: https://zoom.us/j/747805147

Alliance of Baptists

Join in with the virtual Alliance Gathering!

In honor of Earth Day, join us tonight for a viewing of Michael Moore's Planet of the Humans! We'll be on Zoom from 6:30 and we'll start the movie around 7!
(a link will be provided for you to watch on a different device if you prefer!)
https://zoom.us/j/386987782

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Earthx2020: EXPO CONFERENCE FILM | 50th Earth Day 2020

Happy Earth Day from Church in the Cliff! Thank you to EarthX for putting together some really great virtual conferences, film screenings, and more for Earth Day!
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earthx.org We are an international, nonprofit environmental forum whose purpose is to educate and inspire people to action towards a more sustainable future.

We continue our Series of Indeterminate Length and Unclear Objectives with a discussion of place. We are all struggling now to find a sense of place, a place that is safe and bounded, yet contains what we need to thrive. A place that constructive rather than constrictive. Please join us for a discussion, Sunday at 11am.
- https://mailchi.mp/c7c92764050b/whats-happening-at-church-in-the-cliff

Alliance of Baptists

Thankful that we can still experience community with our fellow Alliance Members while under shelter-in-place!

The staff would like to invite YOU to the Alliance Online Gathering on Saturday, April 25 at 12pm EDT/9am PDT.

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJQqduyprjMv_L2cCKEmdVaAwXrXNQ0puQ

We're starting The Artist's Way in Sunday School! This week we are going to be talking about the Introduction, Basic Principles, and Basic Tools. If you would like to join us, we'll be meeting via Zoom at 10 am on Sunday mornings (https://zoom.us/j/231556858)!

This week at #churchinthecliff we began reading The Heart Of Christianity by Marcus J. Borg and talked about the Apostle Peter’s role in the early church. We still have some books left that you can pick up this week and join in the discussion! .
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Getting ready to start Jesus of Montreal! Join us on zoom. :)
https://zoom.us/j/386987782
Or watch it on your own device and join us for the chat!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiBBl4bNINM

What's Happening at Church in the Cliff? Easter Edition - https://mailchi.mp/d570164d7c43/whats-happening-at-church-in-the-cliff-easter-edition

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Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Webinars, Screen Sharing

Join us for our Palm Sunday service at 11! BYOCommunion, any bread like substance or wine/wine substitute that you have on hand is welcome!

https://zoom.us/j/231556858
Program at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z6KRjHa4achS669AAfcx8GVLgI9nfQOu/view?usp=sharing

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Read about the Alliance of Baptists Active Hope Ministry Partners and what they're currently experiencing throughout the world due to COVID-19. We are so grateful to be part of the Alliance of Baptists.
https://allianceofbaptists.org/partners/field-notes

Each week we get a little better at this virtual church thing. Join us online on Sundays at 10 CST for Sunday School, and 11 CST for church! (https://zoom.us/j/231556858) Our Lenten theme- It doesn’t have to be this way.

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We're getting ready to start Sunday School, looking at Chapter 4 of Materiality as Resistance by Walter Brueggemann! Church is at 11 CST! https://zoom.us/j/231556858

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Join us for our Wednesday evening hangout!

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Join us virtually via Zoom!
*On Sundays: https://zoom.us/j/231556858 or call +13462487799 with code 231556858#
*On Wednesdays: https://zoom.us/j/386987782
*Join us daily for lunch at noon CST: https://zoom.us/j/747805147

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What's Happening at Church in the Cliff?

What's Happening at Church in the Cliff? - https://mailchi.mp/676de0068c1b/whats-happening-at-church-in-the-cliff

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See you soon! Board meeting at 9, Sunday school at 10, church at 11!

You can connect from a computer, the Zoom app, or by calling in to the phone number below.

Meeting URL: https://checkpoint.zoom.us/j/977386916
Meeting ID: 977 386 916
Phone number: +13462487799,,977386916#

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We're looking forward to our next virtual service this Sunday. Join us via Zoom as we talk about God's economy and what that looks like as a reminder that it doesn't have to be this way.

You can connect from a computer, the Zoom app, or by calling in to the phone number below.

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Meeting ID: 977 386 916
Phone number: +13462487799,,977386916#

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Information for Sunday's online service and Sunday School.
What's Happening at Church in the Cliff? - https://mailchi.mp/2542290b8739/whats-happening-at-church-in-the-cliff

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Join us tomorrow. We will gather virtually via a zoom call that Clarissa was kind enough to set up for us. The call will be open from 9:45am to 1:30pm so that we can have our Sunday School conversation at 10am, then church at 11am. Follow this link to access the call.
https://checkpoint.zoom.us/j/108425356
You can also join by calling +16699006833,,108425356# or +16465588656,,108425356#
The Meeting ID is 108 425 356.

You can join from your desktop browser or via the phone/tablet zoom app.

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We’ve got some new reading for Sunday School during Lent! This week is the introduction, next week we’ll dive into chapter 1! Join us at 10!
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Since Christmas I’ve had
A lot of gras weeks.
I consume and consume and end up hungry,
even if I’ve packed it on my waist
and my calendar.
When we ate up the
sweets and drank the wine last night,
it was more than a Tuesday
celebration.

It’s the end, I hope,
of a carnival of running away
of eating, talking, working, playing,
worrying too much—
All those things... gras things,
that keep me from the essential,
from the scant, spare
lentiness
that can name in my life
what is lasting...
and what is ash.
Adapted from “Gras” by Maren Tirabassi
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Ash Wednesday, with an adaption of “It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way” by Andre Henry as a meditation. #itdoesnthavetobethisway @theandrehenry #ashwednesday .
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It Doesn't Have to Be This Way

Lent is a time of contemplation and repentance. Each year, we give up something or, perhaps, take on something to draw us into the Holy. Unfortunately, we tend to focus on superficial things or double down on shame. Instead, we're going to consider how life might be different than the course it is on now, both in our personal lives and in the world at large. As Andre Henry sings: "It doesn't have to be this way."
See you Sunday at 11am.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QSqBUrKEKY

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Never a dull moment at #ChurchInTheCliff ! Today we’re starting a mini series called Woo. Join us for the next two weeks as we look at different religious and spiritual practices.

We had a great #DrinkDocDiscuss tonight for #TheArtistIsPresent about Marina Ambramovic. Thank you so much to Erica Felicella for coming and leading a discussion afterwards about performance art and connection. Our delicious food tonight came from Bonton Farms!

[01/19/20]   Sunday School has been super interesting the last few weeks!

Join us tomorrow at 10am where we’ll be looking at the ways women are treated in the Torah through the lens of Wil Gafney’s womanist midrash.

Reminder! Tomorrow is the anti-racist workshop at CitC

Join us this Saturday.
Suggested $10 donation for public.

Casa de Paz Montessori

Join us this Saturday.
Suggested $10 donation for public.

Casa de Paz Montessori

Join us this Saturday.
Suggested $10 donation for public.

[01/02/20]   We had a beautiful New Years Service last night that included a Burning Ceremony. We had everyone write down things from 2019 they wanted to leave behind and their expectations for 2020. Then we burned all of it.

Below are the texts we used for our Gathering Words, our Litany for Burning, and our Benediction. We hope you enjoy them!

Gathering Words:
An alternative reading of Matthew 3:2 and 4:17
Neil Douglas-Klotz, The Hidden Gospel, 1999

Turn again! Return to unity with Unity,
like the sea flowing back to shore, in ebb and tide.
The empowering vision,
the “I-Can” of the cosmos,
the reign of all that vibrates,
the queendom of heaven
arrives at this moment!
It draws near, touching us,
Carrying us away,
wrenching us back into rhythm
with the vibration of One.

Litany for Burning:
Written by Scott Shirley
(the first line of every stanza was read together)

We choose mourning over melancholy.
We name what has passed, what has been lost, so that we know what it is and what it isn’t. So that we know what we still have and who we are.

We choose release and reconciliation over resentment and regret.
We have hurt and been hurt. We seek out the places of harm to find healing.

We choose awareness over anxiety.
We strive to know what is real. We will know its contours and, yes, even its dangers, so that we might respond in peace rather than react in fear.

We choose hope over harrow.
We will not allow the future to vex us. What is possible - and even what is impossible - peace, love, justice, belonging, wisdom, freedom, wholeness - is our destiny and our birthright as children of God.

We choose wonder over worry.
The future is unknown because we have not yet met God to make it. Mystery is a shadowy, shoreless ocean of not yet. We will swim its depths in joy, not to be engulfed, but enraptured!

Benediction:
Beannacht – A New Year Blessing John O’Donohue

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.
And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.
When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.
May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

Happy New Year! What's Happening at Church in the Cliff - https://mailchi.mp/de011d8c33dc/happy-new-year-whats-happening-at-church-in-the-cliff

Putting together bags for our fifth Sunday Gayle’s Kitchen at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church. Thanks to everyone who helped out!

[12/28/19]   Tomorrow is our annual PJs, carols, and potluck brunch! We'll start things around 11, we hope you can join us!

Queer Theology

This hymn, sung by a young woman, who is a person of color, a refugee, pregnant and unmarried, and basically she sings this badass song saying, “God is going to send the rich away empty-handed, pull the arrogant down from their thrones, and lift up the lowly and fill the hungry." If that isn’t radical, I don’t know what is.

Oak Lawn United Methodist Church

Tonight we will open for dinner only from 6:00pm-7:30pm. We still need a few more volunteers so if you're available to come serve dinner, please sign up via the link below!

We will be closed for shelter tomorrow night, 12/18, as the forecast does not meet our requirements to open.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4caaab2fa5fd0-olows

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Adopt a Family 2019

Every Christmas, we adopt a local family and help them complete their Christmas shopping! Want to help out? Sign up below and bring your unwrapped gift to church by this Sunday!
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signupgenius.com Sign up to donate holiday gifts to a family in need! Our adopted family includes a 21-year-old mother and 3 children: 9 yo boy, 2 yo girl, and 6 month old baby girl. We need all items by Sunday, Dec. 15.

Oak Lawn UMC has a few more spots open for volunteers at their shelter through tonight!

Ok, folks, it's go time as we ACTIVATE shelter for tomorrow night! Sign up for a shift via the link below! We have 8 slots available for the first shift to help with the meal preparing/serving/cleaning.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d4caaab2fa5fd0-oaklawn

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How Science Fiction Can Re-Envision Justice

"The science fiction—or speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, etc.—we humans create doesn’t appear out of the ether. Whether it’s Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Star Wars, these fantastical worlds end up exploring issues like war, racism, gender oppression, power, privilege, and injustice. There is nothing new under the sun. But as Butler so deftly tells and shows us in her novels, these new suns offer us infinite new opportunities to re-envision our current world."

Such a good read on the importance of re-envisioning the future using science fiction, especially by authors in the societal margins. The article's author, Walidah Imarisha, is one of the editors of Octavia's Brood, the book we've been discussing in Sunday School and church!

https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/rewriting-the-future-prison-abolition-science-fiction

bitchmedia.org Our justice movements desperately need science fiction.

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