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Taking It to the Streets

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A quiet yet powerful revolution is going on. All over this country and across the world creativity-in the form of visual arts, music, dance, drama, and technology-is providing an emotionally expressive vehicle for communicating truth, developing character, and crossing cultural...


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A quiet yet powerful revolution is going on. All over this country and across the world creativity-in the form of visual arts, music, dance, drama, and technology-is providing an emotionally expressive vehicle for communicating truth, developing character, and crossing cultural boundaries to build the kingdom of God. J. Nathan Corbitt and Vivian Nix-Early visited numerous artists, faith communities, and arts organizations to discover and document how the arts are being used to transform people and communities, especially in urban settings. The result is this extensive handbook that combines real-life stories with tested methodologies to create a new paradigm for the role of the arts in Christian ministry and mission. Taking It to the Streets provides church and mission leaders, youth ministers, and students with a historical perspective and theology for understanding the transforming power of the arts, a vocabulary for discussing them outside the sanctuary, and creative methods for br
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How can you present the good news of Christ so that new generations experience God's transforming love? "There is a great distance between wanting to make a difference for poor people in the inner-city and knowing how to do it. Corbitt and Nix-Early, along with the amazing cast of characters they introduce to you in these pages, have traveled that distance by way of their imaginations and the arts, in the name of Jesus."-Bart Campolo, president, Mission Year"This helpful book fills a significant gap in the growing literature on holistic faith-based programs."-Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action"This volume is the first of its kind. It will challenge the church to think out of the box as it enhances the growth of God's kingdom in our inner city neighborhoods."-Manuel Ortiz, professor of Ministry and Urban Mission, Westminster Theological Seminary"A wonderfully innovative and useful book. If church leaders and artists will take its message to heart, good stories will fill the earth. That's a worthy goal in a crazy world."-Charlie Peacock, musician, author of The AWAKE Project, At The Crossroads"Corbitt and Nix-Early show how vital the integration of the arts is, not only in an individual's life, but in how we relate to one another, and how we build community."-Grace Roberts Dyrness, associate director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California"Whether artist, urban minister, clergy, student or academic, you will find plenty in Streets to stimulate and challenge you and others around you."-Rudy Carrasco, associate director, Harambee Christian Family CenterJ. Nathan Corbitt is professor of cross-cultural studies at the Campolo School for Social Change, Eastern University, and is cofounder and president of BuildaBridge International, a nonprofit arts education organization.Vivian Nix-Early is dean of the Campolo School for Social Change, Eastern University, and is cofounder and chief operations officer for BuildaBridge International.
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"There is a great distance between wanting to make a difference for poor people in the inner-city and knowing how to do it. Nathan Corbitt and Vivian Nix-Early, along with the amazing cast of characters they introduce to you in these pages, have traveled that distance by way of their imaginations and the arts, in the name of Jesus. Here is a book full of stories, inspiration, and practical wisdom about transforming lives in absolutely beautiful ways. Go artists, go!"--Bart Campolo, president, Mission Year"This helpful book on the role of the arts fills a significant gap in the growing literature on holistic faith-based programs."--Ronald J. Sider, President, Evangelicals for Social Action"This volume is the first of its kind. It will challenge the church to think out of the box and embrace the full counsel of God as it enhances the growth of God's kingdom in our inner city neighborhoods. The authors bring both joy to the recipients of this book and praise to the Creator who gave creativity to His people. I highly recommend this exciting work to both pastors and all those interested in community development." --Dr. Manuel Ortiz, Professor of Ministry and Urban Mission, Westminster Theology Seminary"Taking It To The Streets is a wonderfully innovative and useful book. I've already incorporated some of its rich material into my own work and teaching. Here's what I'm thinking: If church leaders and artists will read this book together and take its message to heart, good stories will fill the earth. That's a worthy goal in a crazy world."-Charlie Peacock, musician and author of The AWAKE Project, At The Crossroads"Nathan Corbitt and Vivian Nix-Early have provided us with one of the key missing links to Christian community development efforts. The arts can finally take a seat next to all the other efforts that the church has been using for social transformation. More importantly, the authors show how vital the integration of the arts is, not only in an individual's life, but in how we relate to one another, and how we build community. And they provide us with models that inspire us to unleash our creativity and use it to make a difference in the world. An extremely important book for all those engaged in building the NU JERUZ."-Grace Roberts Dyrness, associate director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California"Taking It to the Streets is a prescient resource not just for arts in urban ministry, but urban ministry in general. It reads like a newspaper, loaded with quotes, facts and anecdotal accounts to go alongside theological and philosophical analyses. The profiles of individuals at work creating the Nu Jeruz with their lives read like a Who's Who of urban arts ministry, North America c. 2003. Whether artist, urban minister, clergy, student or academic, you will find plenty in Streets to stimulate and challenge you and others around you."-Rudy Carrasco, associate director, Harambee Christian Family Center
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Vivian Nix-early

Nix-Early is cofounder of BuildaBridge International and dean of the Campolo School for Social Change at Eastern University. A

J Nathan Corbitt

J. Nathan Corbitt (D.M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of cross-cultural studies at Eastern University and cofounder of Buildabridge International, a nonprofit arts education organization serving the poor around the world. He is the author of The Sound of the Harvest: Music??'s Mission in Church and Culture, The Global Awareness Profile, and numerous articles on music, the arts, and cross-cultural issues. Vivian Nix-Early is dean of the Campolo School for Social Change, Eastern University, and is cofounder and chief operations officer for BuildaBridge International.A

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