Friday, March 22, 2013

An Open Invitation to Readers, Writers, Bloggers

We're excited to share the news about a venture called The Unknowns, A Readers & Writers group. Our encouragement is from Hebrews 10:25a Let us not give up meeting together and our passionate goal and desire is David's prayer Psalm 86, especially verse 11 and its latter half: Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

This will be a new small group for sharing and discussing books we're reading or writing. We envision real-time discussions of published works, sharing of our own spiritual or books read journals, as well as works in progress for publication by group members, and reader feedback on such writing drafts. We plan to add blogging to deepen the discussion, build and nurture community, besides establishing a vibrant and intellectual presence of our community and faith online. The subjects of our books will be Christianity, Comparative Religion (interfaith books such as Why did Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed Cross the Road: Christian Identity in a Multifaith World), science-related books with an application toward points of controversy in Christian circles (such as The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood), and such like. We will not be a traditional book club as much as a reading plus writers group that seeks to mentor each other to deeper growth in Christ besides nurturing writing talent. For blogging, we will use an already established blog (Eyes on Christ) or create a brand new one.

It is important to note that this is not your normal reading - writing - blogging group. Everybody won't read the same book and not everybody has to write, journal, blog, or share their writings.

Important elements members will bring to the group:

A commitment to growing in Christ and sharing our faith through the elements of reading, writing, and blogging.

A commitment to interacting positively, collaborating semi-virtually, and critiquing professionally.

Writers will bring viable work(s) in progress for critique.

Readers will share a new text and offer constructive quality feedback on submitted writing work.

Bloggers will blog on any subject they choose but it must nurture, inspire, and add depth to our Christian calling. We call it 24/7 Christianity - practicing, living, in Christ, with reading and writing adding reflective but practical challenges :). New to blogging? No problem. We will conduct a workshop on it.

Our group size will be limited. Real-time meetups will be monthly for approx. 1.5 to 2 hours. Everybody will take turns to lead the group when we meet. We plan to meet third Wednesdays of the month, starting 17th April. We will meet 7 pm - 8:30 pm.

If any of this sounds appealing to you or if you know someone who might be a good fit (meetings will be in Irvine), please let us know. Thanks.

Anita & Don

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