5 Things I Want to Learn More About
I love to learn and that means I love to read (a great, but sometimes tedious, way to learn). So here are the top five things I want to learn more about right now. If you have any suggestions for how to learn more about these things let me know… and you should write a list of your own!
1) Cradle to Cradle Production
Mike and I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago this past week and saw the Massive Change exhibit. One of the things the exhibit explored was the idea of Cradle to Cradle Production; it’s the idea that products can be made with very little or no raw materials by reusing other products or the waste of other manufacturing systems. One company’s waste may be another’s raw materials and companies can design products that can be disassembled when worn-out and reused by another company. We need to start learning how to re-use instead of stripping the earth of more resources each time we create a new product.
2) Jewish Culture in Biblical Times
The more I read and listen to Rob Bell the more I appreciate how his knowledge of Jewish Culture illuminates scripture. I want to learn more about the culture and practices so I can understand the bible better. Any book ideas?
3) Emerging Churches and Postmodernism
I have been reading books and blogs on emerging churchs and the postmodern movement but I want to keep learning more. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot out there on youth ministry in the postmodern age or how an emerging church would do youth ministry. Know anyone looking at youth ministry and emerging church other than Tony Jones?
4) The Criminal Justice System
Last weekend Mike and I went with our church to serve at a transitional correctional facility. It is a place where men from a State Prison can go to finish out their sentence and learn life skills. I realized I don’t know much about how our country’s correctional system works. What are at-risk communities doing to prevent people from ending up in prison? How affective is the correctional system in rehabilitating people? How do teens do once they leave the juvenile system?
5) Strategies to End Poverty in the Third World
What sustainable practices and programs are working to end poverty in the Third World? What are the biggest barriers right now to stopping poverty? Let me know if you have reading ideas.