Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What is TEVECTOS ? What does it mean?

History is full of giants who couldn't adapt !

What is TEVECTOS ? What does it mean ? Take our quiz below:

1. TEVECTOS is the name of a dinosaur found in Spain.

2. TEVECTOS is a rock band founded by six beautiful Greek & Romanian women.

3. TEVECTOS is a combination of Gaelic and Swiss words that means 'define the hell out of yourself or someone else will.'

4. TEVECTOS is a Latin word meaning adapt or perish.

5. TEVECTOS is a post-modern Web 2.0 marketing company in Indianapolis.

6. TEVECTOS is probably all of the above and much more!

Find one correct answer at:

Cheers, O'

Monday, June 28, 2010

Red Rover Red Rover Send Elisabeth Over !

Welcome home Queen Elisabeth and Prince Emmanuel........can't wait to gather you both at the airport. Open Hand will once again roll out the red carpet for our Vikings guests from Bergen.
At your service,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

George MacLeod and the Iona Community

There are some faithful Christians today that are seeking to re-create the Reformation of the 16th century.

George MacLeod - Founder of the Iona Community, reminds us that many Christians...

".....long for a Restoration. They would recover the old Confessions; reinstitute a catechism; rewrite the Tablets, even revert to sixteenth-century architecture. But such a re-creation, superficially laudable is, in fact, idolatry. Idolatry is not essentially the worship of a statue (in Iona or anywhere else!) Idolatry is essentially the worship of a static God....Our God is a God that moves. The paradox of his changelessness is that He is in constant motion. The sixteenth-century Reformers knew this. One of their motto's was 'A Reformed Church is forever to be reformed.' Thus, to be true to them is to be imbued with the same Spirit that informed them. It is, like them, to be concerned only with how to make God living and relevant to one's own age."

Amen, and cheers to Baron George MacLeod of Fuinary (1895-1991)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

OPEN HAND Summer Solstice Feast - Monday, June 21

Join us Monday evening, June 21st for our OPEN HAND Summer Solstice pitch-in feast beginning around 7:30pm . Bring a Celtic dish (Irish/Scottish/Welsh) or cold grog to share as we celebrate the 'thin' space between heaven and earth on the longest day of the year at 3174 N. Delaware Street.

Our annual Summer Solstice Liturgy will begin at sunset after dinner.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ryan - what were we thinking!!!!!

Shitzzzz Ryan - these dumb animals from Scotland realized that our famous Rhino Tribe slogan on this blog doesn't have the correct three criteria for joining our community.

I can't believe we didn't catch it all these months. No wonder we haven't had many folks travel around the world with us: we forgot # 3 or I guess we could say #4 - you must have a valid passport....(technically the spirit of adventure was always implied and not an actual one of the original three)

So please correct this ASAP.

To be part of our Open Hand community you need four things:

1. Choose adventure over safety

1. The ability to say yes more than no to life's challenges

2. Faith the size of a mustard seed

3. And a valid passport in your pocket

That now make 4, with 2 number 1's.

How could we have let this slip? As they say in South Africa.....SHAME!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Curb Your Anxiety Friday - June 18, 5:30pm

Curb your anxiety with us on our front porch Friday the 18th for pizza, beer and ongoing discussion with Bob Hunter. Reynolds home - 3173 N. Delaware Street.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Orthoparadoxy....hold it, hold it, hold it......!

We may be familiar with the Judeo-Christian emphasis of orthodoxy (right thinking) and orthopraxy (right doing) as vital expressions of our faith, but Pastor and writer Dwight Friesen highlights a third category, orthoparadoxy.

In his book, Intuitive Leadership, Tim Keel describes this as.... "living rightly in the tension and mystery of the mysterious and revealed God of the Scriptures. Doing so requires and invites a radical dependence on the Spirit of God living in and working through his people in creation."

With an ability to hold and contain mounting tension (and a no quick fix approach) we encourage creativity and the limitless possibilities that emerge organically from an adaptive posture. He reminds us that uncomfortable tension is a dominant product of the creative process and necessitates us having an ability to "hold seemingly opposing forces in dynamic relationship without privileging one at the expense of the other or too quickly resolving it."

Too often we simply want to reanimate that which has come before us. Instead of embracing new life (which is often messy) and forming flexible organic structures to support this growth, we rely on traditional command and control formats of stability that seek to resolve our anxiety and tension with all too familiar solutions.

This results in historic organizations with rigid inherited structures trying ever harder and harder to find new life and then squeeze it into hierarchical management chains that merely uphold the status quo.

Creative communities and organizations are now tapping into informal networks and decentralized environments where dialogue and mutual discovery are more highly valued than so called expertise.

Instead of chasing the 'specialization experts' and pigeonholing solutions and staff into linear programing where one size fits all, they tap the collective wisdom of the distributed tribe to promote unique frameworks, encouraging these emerging expressions of new life.

One size does not fit all.......Amen.

Intuitive Leadership - Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor & Chaos by Tim Keel