Join Urban Skye next Thursday for a showing of the documentary "It's a Girl" about gendercide.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Sanctuary Downtown
2215 W. 30th Ave.Denver 80211
Guides for the creative, spiritual life
We live in an age where spirituality is assumed and creativity is esteemed. In all arenas of life – love, work, play, rest – Urban Skye recognizes the deep value of both of these virtues. For almost a decade, we have been a quiet influence for hundreds of people and dozens of communities as a guide for the practices, experiences and conversations that bring this kind of meaning to life.
From art films at a pub to Advent liturgies to bowling nights with orphans, we have not been bound by the traditional ways to be creatively spiritual. Now that we approach our second decade of service, we shift our focus from venues we have created to a team of guides for the creative, spiritual life.
ADVENT BEGINS DEC. 2
URBAN SKYE continues to be Advent enthusiasts through our creative, devotional writings. We now offer FOUR ADVENT GUIDES as a counter-cultural attempt to slow us down and bring some spiritual intention to the frantic Christmas season. For the four weeks of Advent you’ll enter the Story through a character revealing one aspect of a unique theme. From there, you’ll be guided on creative responses of prayer, reflection, action or exercise. All of our guides are family-friendly but are designed for personal journeys as well.
It has been several years since Urban Skye created a new guide for Advent, but the stars aligned this fall (appropriate metaphor considering the season) for the creation of a new guide. Our theme is TRANSCENDENCE seen in three "eternal virtues" (see description at left). This guide is in our familiar four-week format but is distinct in two ways: the devotions were written by different Colorado pastors and we have included our first Christmas Eve reflection.
ORDER BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19th to make our first printing; we will mail the guides on Monday, November 26th. (We take late orders but can't guarantee they will make it to you by Dec. 2.) To order up to 100 guides, simply go to our Advent page. Payments are made through Paypal. For other payment options or if you have orders over 100, contact Dave by email for pricing, payment and shipping arrangments.
By Dave Meserve, Urban Skye Director
In 2003, I left the big, suburban church world seeking a new adventure in the city. I knew I wanted to do something deeply meaningful for people - something that honored faith but was much broader. With my wife, Shari, we sweet-talked Roxann Lloyd, David and Jill Cleveland, and Scotty and Joy Sawyer into joining the journey.
The original idea was simple. We wanted to create the kind of space that facilitated meaning for folks. “What’s meaningful for you?” was the obvious starting point. Our answers provided the venues that began and continue for Urban Skye
I was a pastor who didn’t want to “do church”. So, I rented a house in the Highland neighborhood and began conversations about this crazy thing called faith for anyone who wanted to come. Shari, a passionate cook, offered up the tastiest part of Urban Skye in our weekly gathering and Urban Skye Soul was born.
Over time we realized that the passionate pursuits of service, faith and art have provided meaning for people as long as there have been people. In ancient times, poets, philosophers and prophets spoke of The Good, The True and The Beautiful as eternal values. We began to see our 21st century mission as a way to carry on this ancient wisdom. We now believe that the meaning is found in the balanced pursuit of all three:
These would become our Urban Skye motto: Share Burdens, Pursue Beauty, Learn Grace (our way of describing the faith journey).
I hope you’ll consider becoming part of our story. There’s much more to be written!