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Bectta is a project that originated in Mexico in 2013 and was formed by Elizabeth Sanchez and Pedro Ramirez. Elizabeth has a Degree in Visual Arts from the College of Arts and Design UNAM and has studied at the Academy of San Carlos, UNAM. Pedro has a degree in Advertising from the Centro Universitario de Comunicacion CUC, and has studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Ab, Canada. Bectta, besides enjoying collaborative opportunities with many artists across varied disciplines, has experience in a wide spectrum of techniques including street graphics, traditional and digital illustration, scientific illustration, video performances, graphic design, ceramics, engraving, tattooing, and clothing design to name a few. We believe that out of experimentation, curiosity emerges, along with the search for the authentic, of what really is and what is not. We believe that practicing the arts is crucial to working through our fears. Human beings are used to merely looking. The daily rhythm of our busy life creates an accelerated state of mind and we are unable to take time to stop and SEE what is beyond the surface. Bectta aims to create a sense of connection and interaction with the viewer and their surroundings. This is achieved by inviting people to contemplate; from simply looking they start observing, from there they start contemplating, and from there hopefully they develop a deeper awareness of all life surrounding us; to find what is special in the simplest object, to live and enjoy the present fully.
Cienaños is a movement that has been shaped and turned into a band by Gustavo and Leonardo Moreno, brothers who have created music since their childhood in the privacy of their home; this musical production has transcended from national to international scene. In addition, they are founders of “La Casa de los Cienaños”, a project which in essence, is to create alternative spaces and multicultural outreach, in order to promote and disseminate art in all its expression. In 2006 they released their first single “Fire” and are currently working on a second piece, “Una Rolita de Paz”, that promises to be explosive. They integrate: Honduran guitarist Omar Mixco, based in Chicago, IL, the Master Jose Antonio Velázquez on keys, Carlos Umaña on bass guitar, Melvin Maldonado on percussion. Bringing a mixture of jazz, funk, reggae, rap and trova, all layered in Latino roots, they provide an alternative purpose for being, and at the same time, give representation of a collective voice to nurture the existential needs through aesthetic appreciation.
has worked in social change movements for almost 40 years. “At the center of my approach,” says Myers, “is the practice of relectura: a ‘rereading’ of the Bible in light of concrete struggles against violence and oppression. I believe that the Judeo-Christian sacred story is an older, deeper and wiser tradition that has the power to transform our lives and our history–but only if we can overcome its domestication under the dominant culture.” He is a co-founder of the Word and World School, the Sabbath Economics Collaborative, and the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice. He and his partner Elaine Enns live in southern California and work with Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries.
is a community-based scholar with a long history in intentional communities and the radical discipleship movement. Her justice work focuses on issues of urban poverty; the activism of children, youth and families; challenging white privilege; and Queer and gender-Queer participation and resistance in churches. She is the author of Set Them Free: The Other Side of Exodus (Orbis, 2002), Uncle Aiden (Baby Bloc, 2005), editor of Bury the Dead (Cascade, 2013) and co-editor, with Ched Myers of Liberating Biblical Study (Cascade, 2011). She is a collective member if the Interfaith Institute for Justice, Peace and Social Movements and a member of the Christian activist group Streams of Justice. Laurel lives with her not so traditional family in a housing co-op in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, BC where she is exploring the vocation of neighbour. She was recently ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Canada’s Diocese of New Westminster.
is a long-time activist/educator/poet from inner city Detroit, currently teaching Social Ethics at Ecumenical Theological Seminary and lecturing in Intercultural Communication Studies at the University of Oakland (Michigan). He is the author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity;Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion; and Messianism Against Christology: Resistance Movements, Folk Arts, and Empire. He has written extensively on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture.
Star of the Sea Studios….is a theatrical production company based in the foothills of South Eastern Appalachia. We produce ceremonial theater in celebration of nature with fantastical puppets, masks, costumes, projected imagery and music engaging both the talents of professional and community performers alike.
Ears to the Ground is a minimal, acoustic group; with guitar, hand percussion, banjo, and lots of vocals. As songwriters, they have a focus on lyrical content. As vocalists, they reach for a visceral and haunting three-or-four-part harmony. They make music of resistance to oppression and empire, of communities of hope, and of the faith that sustains them. Their tunes draw from R&B, spiritual, soul, folk/americana, chant, hip-hop and jazz. Think Rising Appalachia meets Ben Sollee. Based in Harrisonburg, VA, the group is part of a Christian eco-village of urband homesteads that practice radical hospitality and seek to model a just and peaceful life.
It’s like this: SOULMOBILE’s always riding off into the dusty old horizon. that’s they’re home. Fending off dangers untold with guitars,banjo, dulcimer, and drums,Camp Soul is holding out and ringing a bell. Jon carries the vision, although if you ask me the others hold him up and give the thing its shape. Body and soul, maybe: Properly difficult to distinguish. In any case, if you peek in on them don’t be bashful; i think you’ll find them welcoming to strangers. From Frostburg, MD
A community of theologians and anarchists from jackson michigan, offering psalms watered by our nomadic-hobo ramblings, rooted and growing out of our particular place in the great lakes state, looking up to the blue and clouds saying “come, Lord”.
Todd Wynward lives in a yurt with his family in the high desert mountains near Taos, NM. Todd is a founder of a wilderness-based public school, leads backpacking and river trips for adult seekers, and is the animating force behind TiLT, an emerging discipleship community in Taos. He is the author of The Secrets of Leaven, a novel patheos.com calls “a delicious mystery exploring deep questions.
Born and raised in South Florida, Vickie Machado received her Masters of Arts in Religion and Nature from the University of Florida. She focused her studies on sustainability, bioregionalism, the Catholic Worker Movement, and the confluence of environmentalism, social justice, and faith. She currently works as the Florida Organizer for Food & Water Watch. In her spare time, Vickie helps organize the Eco-Stewards Program, a place-base, week long program for young adults to explore the intersection of faith and the environment.