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Young Admin Profiles: Dani Scoville

This is not the first time that I have interviewed Ms. Scoville, but I thought it would be interesting to follow-up with her since one of the topics we discussed in the previous Sedentarialist interview has birthed a new path for this young San Franciscan.

At the time she had just begun volunteering for ReImagine, which she has described as “a center for the integration of the self (mind, body, and spirit) with the teachings of Jesus Christ in daily living”. The idea is to strip away the subcultural (American Church-going Christian) context that can be conducive to rote answers, and lead groups through questions of a more interior nature. With this specific approach, their workshops attempt to nurture a truthful dialogue around the implications of faith in relation to the human experience. They accomplish this goal by sharing first-person accounts and learning from one another’s successes as well as failures rather than formal ideologies. As a group they hold to 7 “vows”: love, obedience, prayer, simplicity, creativity, service, and community.

One key point of engagement for Dani has been their storytelling workshops. Although Scoville’s role with ReImagine has become more administrative, these workshops tie in her creative medium of narrative. Scoville has a degree in Literature from U.C. Santa Cruz and prior experience working for a Bay Area publishing house (where she also worked administratively). For these events ReImagine invites folks from within and outside of formal church networks.  Attendees are asked to tell their stories and listen to the stories of others, strictly without interruption. Scoville has observed surprising honesty and gender diversity to be among the trends as they discuss the complexity of topics ranging from sexuality to the management of personal finances. They have also held workshops for the purpose of Art Therapy (with clay and other media) and forums on social justice and abolition.

While they promote their program tactics to members of churches across the U.S., what drew Dani (and many others) to the program was that, while rooted in a faith in God, it did not require her to enter a traditional church landscape. For many Americans the formal structures of  church buildings and the whole sociology that goes with them are often a hurdle to spiritual investigation, having little to do with the teachings at their core.

Partly grown out of her experience volunteering for this organization, Dani is now joining the staff of ReImagine as the Program Director “Responsible for developing, organizing and promoting local/Regional ReImagine Learning Labs, Conversations and other events.” While circumstantially this position parallells her personal interests and professional qualifications, the real impetus for accepting the position was rooted a severe bike accident just months before.

The accident left her injured in the places it hurt her most –  the hand she writes with, and her jaw, broken in multiple places. Without the ability to speak or to journal her thoughts in the ways to which she was accustomed, she was left alone in an internal landscape, in which she was only able to wait. During this time she relied on the generosity of others, often other members of the ReImagine “Tribe”. This experience affirmed her appreciation for the empowering process of giving voice to the unspoken interior experiences we struggle through. With the accident, a new phase presented itself – an opportunity to take a “timely risk” by working in a dedicated ministry-type position. As it turns out, this trajectory not only blends her spiritual pursuits but also her interest in creative treatise to non-fiction writing.

As a woman on her own journey toward self awareness and realizing community, I asked her if she had anything specific to share with my readership. She mentioned the following poem and suggests we risk making beauty with our whole lives.

She who reconciles the ill-matched threads of her life,
and weaves them gratefully into a single cloth-
it’s she who drives the loudmouths from the hall
and clears it for a different celebration
where the one guest is you.
In the softness of the evening
it’s you she receives.
You are the partner of her loneliness,
the unspeaking center of her monologues.
With each disclosure you encompass more
and she stretches beyond what limits her,
to hold you.

– Rilke 1, 17 (From The Book of Hours)

You can find Dani’s own reflections posted regularly on her blog, Through the Roof Beams
…And more information about ReImagine on their Facebook page, here.

Jesus Christ = the Anti-Pirate

“Take what you can, give nothing back” – Jack Sparrow

“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; “…” love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
– Jesus Christ, quoted in Matthew 5 (NASB translation)

I went to a discussion group/book club last night. The topic at hand came from some writings on Love by Saint Augustine, or “Augustin” (however you like to pronounce it…)

~I’ve decided to edit my original text down to the following inspiration.~

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” – Jesus Christ, quoted in John 15 (NIV translation)

“Give Your Self Away” – U2

“Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross, my friend
Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross, my friend
Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross
Thank you for the cross, my friend”

-contemporary Christian Worship chorus

the concept of sin and the concept of the conquered sin

…I might have to crack open my GRUDEM at some point to check for other viewpoints on the matter, but this afternoon I was thinking about this idea of SIN. In particular the human tendency to point out the sin of others.

Lets say someone thinks that Jesus Christ has actually died, giving up his life, resulting in the abolition of the Power of Sin and Death… then this person also thinks one of those deathly sins happens to be homosexuality, or any extramarital sexuality.

Wouldn’t it stand to reason that the response of said person toward other (fellow) sinners should be to cry out “Join me! Celebrate this victory!” I mean, if they trully belived Jesus had that power. The LAST thing you would think in this scenario would be for this person to ever show any condemnation toward any “sinner” because life would be a cellebration of freedom!

The question that remains in my mind is this, When did sin die? Did it die at the literal cross? Does it die when we repent (contingent on our action?) Or will it die off at the end of this world in an apocalyptic triumph?

Please, feel free to comment!!!!

Matthew 7:3-5 (New International Version)

3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

ARTIST OF THE DAY: Innocent Smith

Elijah W. Smith‘s project, “Innocent Smith”, has launched a blog advertising it’s agenda to react to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these three ways:

  1. … (Theology)
  2. … (Social Justice)
  3. (Discipleship)

The blog goes on to elaborate on creative and humane intentions of serving the community (dare we say, the world?) in mind, body, and soul.

EWS is a “jack of all trades” – dabbling in illustration, mural art, costume design, but primarily performative work using the guitar, voice, and playful theatrics. You can check out one such performance on youtube: HERE.