hey all, before i post the next out of the darkness interview i wanted to share a few links worth checking out this week.

  • the first is the launch of transFORM network, a missional community formation network that will be inspiring, supporting, and encouraging practitioners who are either already in the trenches or want to be, creating new, diverse forms of christian community.  i am excited to be part because this is something i am really passionate about.  i believe it’s time for “new wineskins for new wine” & that one of the hardest things for people who are pursuing new forms of “church” is the lack of support & encouragement.  it is clear that we need to find places that will help fan these flames into fire & help crazy dreamers feel less alone.    you can join the network here & watch the video on the front page.  and if you are on the east coast (or want to fly out from the west coast) next spring there will be a free regional gathering; hopefully you can join us and meet others in the same boat.  i am really looking forward to being part.
  • i have a few new posts up at communitas collective (i write there every 2 weeks).  some of you have already read the doubter’s prayer and a new one today is a re-mix of something i wrote when i first started blogging in 2008; this one’s called “to for and with.” check it out, i’d love to hear some of your thoughts.  you can comment there or here.
  • this article is a worth-read–why i stopped serving the poor–by claudio olivier.  i would love to hear some of your reactions on this; i aligns in so many ways with what i believe about what it means to be “spiritually poor” and cut the us-them b.s.
  • check out voca femina issue #13 (they go online monthly)  our last denver share party had over 60 women, whoa! it was a great night filled with so much creative diversity & beauty.  pictures will be up on our site soon.
  • and lastly, i can’t go, but if you can pull it off, it’s really worth being part of–off the map’s annual gathering in seattle november 20th & 21st.  this year is mirrors & maps: inspiration from the margins and phyllis tickle & a great lineup will be part of these interesting, dynamic conversations that aren’t conference-y.


Kathy Escobar

Kathy Escobar is dedicated to creating safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing in real life, online, and outside. She co-pastors at The Refuge, a hub for healing community, social action, and creative collaboration in North Denver, co-directs #communityheals, a non-profit organization dedicated to making spaces for transformation accessible for all, and is the author of Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World, Faith Shift: Finding Your Way Forward When Everything You Believe is Coming Apart and several other books.


  • Wow! This was like a treasure chest of links! Thanks, Kathy.

    I’ve really appreciated your posts about doubt. Often I feel like I’m the only Christ-follower in the world who struggles with questions about God’s goodness. Your writing has consistently been a reminder to me that I am not alone, and that I’m not crazy.

    Oddly enough, the transFORM link could not have come at a better time! I live in the buckle of the Bible Belt (Dayton, Tennessee – home of the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925) – and will be partnering with some friends to start a new missional community here. I have a feeling it’s going to be a wild ride, and that I will be back on the transFORM site again!

  • thanks, rachel. i am excited to hear what comes together there, keep me posted and anything that we can pass on from here, we’re glad to!


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