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We’re tired of being domestic, so in this issue we’ll explore the wild side. One response to the ills of civilization is to go feral. Learn from the animals and our innate selves. What wisdom is missing from our rational lives? Could this be the locusts and honey issue? You tell us.

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Hi, I’m thrilled to announce that Miriam Meinders will be the guest Features Editor for Geez 18.  See her call for pitches below. Also note the call for submissions for other sections of the magazine. – Aiden Enns, editor.

Call for pitches: The Body Issue

We all have a body. It is home to our self, the amazing site of our sensations, a piece of the material world which we alone inhabit. But if the body is uniquely ours, it is also subject to forces beyond our control, be they biological and physical – birth, growth, illness, accidents, death, and decay – or political, geographic, economic, and technological. Read the rest of this entry »

“Unmarriage until gay marriage, no marriage until gay marriage.”

That is the phrase that will chime through the streets, Feb 14th in central park. Rev. Billy and his gospel choir are at it again. This time they are inviting married couples to unmarry. Ditch the vows. Shed the rings. No marriage until all can marry.

A mass ceremony, conducted by Rev. Billy himself, will unmarry those who are standing up for the rights of the gay community. Is this really official? I don’t know if you can actually unmarry, but who says you are married anyways? Or what defines marriage since it varies from culture to culture and religion to religion? It seems unconvincing that by a simple ceremony you are deemed fit to cohabit until death, produce offspring, receive certain tax breaks and share toothpaste.

My cousin and her partner are sincerely committed to each other, have lived together for ten years and have never participated in any sort of ceremony that declares them legally married. Then there are those who have grand ceremonies declaring their commitment and love for each other and they don’t make it past raised toilette seats and maxed-out visa cards. If a ceremony is so trivial in both these instances why is it being withheld from same-sex couples?

Unlike Canada, there are still states in our neighbor country where gay marriage is illegal. For details about same-sex marriage in the U.S. see here. Same-sex marriage has been legal everywhere in Canada since July, 2005.

I don’t know what I think of the whole thing as you can see from the scads of question marks. If you are like me and have more questions than answers you can check out freedomtomarry.org and see what questions they are answering. – megan kamei, editorial assistant

I asked Aiden what his thoughts were and here is what he said:

I like the references to your cousin and other attitudes to the marriage ceremony, but I’m left with the feeling that you think it’s just a ceremony and not a powerful institution of control: of men over women, of dominant culture over those who don’t choose partners of the opposite sex. I look at how institutions attain, retain and abuse power. In the case of the institution of marriage, it’s a very tangible expression of the “family values” that are so problematic for many people. Feminists, women who suffer, singles, childless couples, men who don’t identify as heterosexual, young people who are dating: each of these (and other) important groups of people are invited (often coerced) into conformity, at the cost of their humanity and the loss of diversity in our community. – Aiden Enns, editor

This Saturday at Aqua Books, 7:30, I’m “debating” the topic of Christmas celebrations and shopping with “Mr. Christmas”  (details below). This is part of the Idea Exchange series coordinated by Jamie Howison and St. Benedict’s table.

 I’ve debated with Gerry Bowler before and he’s very good at the standard “shop to show your love” approach. It’ll be hard to compete with author of The World Encyclopedia of Christmas (true!), but I love discussions like this in the public square (well, it’s a private public square).

Event details:
 Keeping the [Christmas] Feast
Idea Echange with Gerry Bowler and Aiden Enns
Saturday December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street, Winnipeg

Fyi, previously, Gerry Bowler and I have “faced off” over Christmas:

The Mall or the Alley, Dec. 1, 2008
ChristianWeek, a discussion conducted/edited by Josiah Neufeld,
(See the full transcript here, which includes more comments on capitalism, scroll down to see pdf.)

 Christmas Shopping debate, November 30, 2008
CJOB’s GodTalk (podcast). I had a slow start in this one.

This is part of my involvment in Buy Nothing Christmas. – Aiden Enns, editor, Geez magazine

 

(Photo: squareamerica.com)

 

Usually I just send my call for pitches (see below) to writers and artists. I thought readers might want to know what’s coming down the editorial pipe, so read on to see what we’re up to.

You’ll see some of new “departments” (news, culture, reviews, etc.). After four years of the same more-or-less unpredictable format, we’re going to introduce a few regular sections. This gives readers something familiar to anticipate and helps us inlcude items that wouldn’t normally fit a tight theme-based issues. Such sections also allow me to work with section editors, which helps with the load.

When the new issue ships in February, let us know what you think. – Aiden Enns, editor, Geez magzine

Here’s the call for pitches… Read the rest of this entry »

phyllisGeez magazine is proud to sponsor The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, featuring keynote speaker Phyllis Tickle, on October 31, 2009.

She says the church is going through a giant rummage sale (see an interview with her here.
I guess the thing that impresses me the most is the variety of groups that agreed to sponsor the event, from Presbyterians and United Church folks to Evangelical Mennonites and Salvationists (see the list of sponsors). – Aiden Enns, editor

Today we say hello to our newest intern, Megan Kamei. She’s from Providence College, studying communications and media. Why did she choose Geez for an internship? Well, at some point in the future she plans to work on a magazine in India. Yes, that India. On the other side of the world. She’s done some work with an organization called Touch India Trust and plans to return. Welcome aboard Megan! – Aiden Enns, editor

braun-ride
For those who are following what Will’s up to next, here’s a note he sent around to friends and colleagues:
After 15 issues of Geez, I’m moving on from my role as Geez editor. Ever since Aiden Enns invited me to join the Geez endeavour back in 2005, when it was still in the idea stage, I have had the opportunity to connect with and work with many fine people, including many of you reading this message. For this I am deeply grateful. It’s been a good ride — educational, adventurous, challenging and gratifying.
From the beginning, I imaged being involved Read the rest of this entry »

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All readers and supporters are invited to a party in honour of Will Braun, who has left his position as Editor of Geez magazine to pursue other interests.

 

Friday, September 18, 2009 7:30 p.m.

Crossways-in-Common, 222 Furby Street (at Broadway), Winnipeg

 

It  will also be somewhat of a 4th anniversary celebration of Geez magazine, which currently has issue no. 16 in production. We couldn’t have made it this far without Will.

 

Some refreshments provided (including spirits) but please BYOB for that house party feel.

 

We’ll have a minimum of speeches, live music by The Swirldines, and a possible late night showing of JFK, the movie by Oliver Stone, to satisfy Will’s recent (and other people’s ongoing) conspiracy theory interests.

 

RSVP: Miriam Meinders: miriam@geezmagazine.org,  (204) 779-8594

UIPA_2009_winners_logoAfter three nominations, Geez finally scooped top honours for best Spiritual Coverage  at the 2009 Utne Independent Press Awards. See their (quite favourable) comments here, (scroll half way down).

 

They said Geez had “an inspiring year, when every issue was as playful as it was profound.”

 

The road between extreme believers and angry atheists gets pretty slim, but the Utne judges saw the path, “The editors have created a place where writing and reading about lives inspired but not overcome by religious doctrine can be accomplished in peace.”

 

“Unlike many magazines about spirituality and religion, this ad-free, nonprofit, volunteer-supported publication bypasses sentimentality for earnest exploration, and seems to have a hell of a time doing it.” 

Socially conscious
At the Canadian Church Press awards banquet, Geez editor and journalist Will Braun received top honours for Read the rest of this entry »