I wanted to put up a post today, but couldn’t think of anything earth shaking to write about .  I spent some time searching the Net and did find three things that I thought were interesting:

1) Laughter Yoga.  I can’t think of a better way to burn off some calories, and putting your self in a good mood, than to combine yoga and laughing.  I do think the guy who decided to market the idea did so to make a buck.  I don’t think we really need to cough up $195 for the DVD to learn any of these “special” exercise.  Watching me try to do yoga should be enough to get you started.

http://www.laughteryoga.org/

Have you ever tried yoga?

2) A very beautiful video of part of a “modern” ballet performed by Marianela Nunez and Ed Watson, of the Wayne McGregor Royal Ballet Company.

 “Infra”

Do you enjoy watching dancing performances, in any genre from ballet to clog dancing?

3) An interesting article in the Christian Science Monitor, by G. Jeffery MacDonald, about  church groups that now hold their services at the homes of their members, and even in cafes.

“Churches without Church”

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0604/p02s08-ussc.html

From the article:

“When Barry Diamond first told fellow ministers that his Las Vegas church was preparing to leave its 12,000-square-foot rental space in April and worship instead in members’ homes, they warned him he was “committing ministry suicide.”

But Pastor Diamond and The Village, as his nondenominational church is known, have survived. Fifteen homes now hold intimate services twice a month. On other Sundays, they dip into funds previously earmarked for rent and use them for special events and outreach, such as a May block party for local African refugees. Now other church leaders want to know how they might follow suit.

“I don’t know if we uncovered a model that people are longing for or what,” Diamond says. “But I have six appointments over the next three or four weeks with [church leaders] who are flying into Las Vegas just to meet and talk about it.”

Leaving a building with no plans for a new one used to be a hallmark of a failed congregation. In this recession, however, a growing number of hard-hit churches are struggling to pay rents and mortgages. That has some thinking about the formerly unthinkable: being a church without a building – and they are getting encouragement from building-free congregations who wouldn’t have it any other way.

Since the economic downturn began, six financially stressed churches in various states have sought advice from

The Well in California’s Orange County. It’s a 57-year-old Southern Baptist congregation that quit its $5,000-per-month lease in 2005 and formed what has become a network of five house churches. Sensing a need among financially strapped churches, Pastor Ken Eastburn in April launched a website – leavethe buildingblog.com – to assure struggling churches there’s spiritual life after bricks and mortar.”

If you belong to a church, that was having financial problems, would you consider moving from a permanent buillding to renting space somewhere, or even hold services at home?

How is that for three diverse topics.  🙂

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