The Common Good
August 2012

New & Noteworthy

by Julie Polter | August 2012

We are HyperGiants by Gowe / Dreaming by Barbara A. Holmes / Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey / Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their ...

Aiming to Shine
The debut album by Korean-American hip hop artist Gowe (pronounced “go,” it stands for Gifted On West East), We are HyperGiants, feature lyrics that touch on race, culture, and materialism, while unabashedly praising Jesus.

Documentary: "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey"

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Can I Get a Vision?
If you’re blessed with vacation time this summer, don’t forget to let yourself dream. In Dreaming, Memphis Theological Seminary professor Barbara A. Holmes explores the power of dreams as a place for refueling our personal and social imaginations and meeting the mysterious, living God. Fortress Press

The Way to Sesame Street
The documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is now available on DVD and iTunes. It tells the story of Kevin Clash, a Baltimore kid with a passion for puppets who grew up to create Sesame Street’s Elmo. An inspiring tribute to determination, craft, and creativity—and of course, hugs.

Build for Heaven & Earth
Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation Care, by Mark A. Torgerson, gives theological and architectural perspective on making environmental concern intrinsic to churches and synagogues. Includes examples of how 10 congregations dealt with new construction, renovation, or historical preservation. Alban

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