Mark Van Steenwyk joining Carnival de Resistance staff

Thanks so much to all of you who have given in the past week and helped spread the word about our end of year campaign. As of this morning, we’ve raised $2,760. With the funds from our matching donor, that comes to $5,520! We’re well on the way to our goal. If you haven’t given yet, would you consider it? Click here to give.

Mark Van Steenwyk smiling portraitWe are delighted to announce that as part of our organizing towards a residency in Minneapolis next year, Mark Van Steenwyk is joining our paid staff as our organizer on the ground in Minneapolis. Mark, along with his partner Amy and their son Jonas, live at the Mennonite Worker, an intentional community in Minneapolis devoted to hospitality, simplicity, peacemaking, resistance and prayer. Mark is the author of The unKingdom of God, That Holy Anarchist, and (most recently) A Wolf at the Gate. As the co-producer of the Iconocast, he has interviewed Cornel West, James Cone, Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky, Starhawk, Wazayatawin and many more. For the past decade, he has travelled around the continent as a speaker, teacher, and networker of radical Christian communities.

In addition to working with the Carnival, Mark is currently engaged in a Pastoral Study Project through the Louisville Institute, developing a radical Christian catechesis rooted in body, politics, and place. He also is working on a series of children’s novels about a post-apocalyptic squirrel named Hackberry who holds the fate of the world in his paws. He’s been developing his skills as a linocut print artist to illustrate his Hackberry saga. You can read his poetry here.

Like us, Mark has been exploring the tradition of the Holy fool. He also brings a commitment to undoing racism, sexism and heterosexism that will help us bring this lens to our organizing work in Minneapolis.

We hope you can join with us on this journey with your financial support, prayers and by helping to spread the word!