Civitas Press Partners With Kathy Escobar

Posted in: Author Announcements- Feb 21, 2011 17 Comments

Civitas Press is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Kathy Escobar for the release of her third book, Down We Go, Living Into The Wild Ways Of Jesus. (working title). Down We Go is a practitioner’s guide for creating and cultivating missional community. It’s based on the idea of living into the Beatitudes, and explores what it means to follow Jesus into the hard places of suffering, inequality, and injustice in order to cultivate, hope, beauty, justice, equality, generosity and healing.

Kathy states, “The dream of living out the upside-down ways of Jesus is in our hearts, but many don’t know how to make “what could be” really be. We need practical, tangible ideas to make dreams reality.  We need to hear how it can work, from people on the margins and practitioners living in the trenches.  We need real stories of practice that will fan our hopes and dreams for justice, mercy, equality, and healing in the kingdom of God into flame.  Down We Go fleshes out practicing the ways of Jesus in action, personally and through life in community.”

Down We Go is scheduled for a June, 2011 release. She’s co-authored 2 other books, Come with Me: An Invitation to Break through the Walls Between You and God (Discovery House Press) and Refresh: Sharing Stories. Building Faith with Laura Greiner (New Hope Publishers, 2007). She also contributed to Taking Flight: Reclaiming the Female Half of God’s Image Through Advocacy and Renewal, (Samizdat Creative, 2010).

Kathy Escobar co-pastors the Refuge, an eclectic faith community in North Denver dedicated to those on the margins of life and faith.  She journeys with people in hard places as a spiritual director, teacher, and group facilitator.  A Pepperdine University graduate, she also has a Masters degree in Management/Organizational Development and a Certificate in Evangelical Spiritual Guidance from Denver Seminary.

Kathy is also on the leadership group for the Transform Network, a missional community formation network.  She is a frequent speaker at gatherings and conferences around the United States. She lives in Arvada, Colorado with her husband, Jose, and 5 kids and blogs regularly about community life and spiritual formation at KathyEscobar.com. You can connect with Kathy on Facebook and Twitter.

A Final Call For Submissions

Posted in: Call For Submissions, Updates- Jan 28, 2011 3 Comments

Greetings Civitas Family,

Many of you are aware of our first community project called, The Practice of Love.  So far we have over 34 submissions from 32 writers and the project is taking great shape. There are so many amazing stories of people wrestling with what is means to practice love, even when it’s hard.

We had a few writers have to drop out for various reasons, so I wanted to make a final call for submissions to the project.   The final deadline is February 15th and the submission must be in by that date.  This deadline is only for new submissions.  If you have a great story to tell about practicing love, either for God, the self, a neighbor, or even an enemy, we’d like to hear it. David Fitch, author of The Great Giveaway has agreed to write the foreward for the project.

The participants includes a fabulous list of voices and styles: Mihee Kim-Kort, Phil Shepherd, Alise Wright, Jason Coker, Kathy Escobar, Idelette McVicker, Rhonda delaMoriniere, Arthur Dimesdale, Todd Hiestand, Trevar Simmons, Marian Struble, Annie Bullock, John Martinez, Cheryl Dack, Amy Moffitt, Neal Hager, Lori Wilson, Kara Maddox, Melissa Cooper, Kris Socall, Hugh Hollowell, Carol Howard Merritt, Alan Knox, Raelene Roth, Anna Snoeyenbos, Jarrod McKenna, James Shelley, Trig Bundgaard, Ron Cole, Nathan Colquhoun, Mike Stavlund, Jake Kampe and Kimberly Knight.

You can find more information about the project here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me here.

Much love
Jonathan Brink, Editor

The Practice Of Love Update

Posted in: Community Projects- Dec 16, 2010 5 Comments

The Practice Of Love community project is wrapping up much quicker than we ever imagined.  Some absolutely fabulous voices are turning in some really great stories on what it means to practice love.  We’re still looking for submissions in the category of Loving Your Enemy, if you are interested.  The submission deadline is now January 15th for new contributions.  We are wrapping the project after that.

The list of participants includes a fabulous of voices and styles: Mihee Kim-Kort, Phil Shepherd, Alise Wright, Jason Coker, Kathy Escobar, Idelette McVicker, Rhonda delaMoriniere, Arthur Dimesdale, Todd Hiestand, Trevar Simmons, Marian Struble, Annie Bullock, John Martinez, Cheryl Dack, Amy Moffitt, Neil Christopher, David Litwin, Neal Hager, Lori Wilson, Kara Maddox, Kris Socall, Jon Holmes, Hugh Hollowell, Brian Merritt, Carol Howard Merritt, Alan Knox, Zihna Gordon, Raelene Roth, and Kimberly Knight.

Much love

Jonathan

The Practice Of Love Update

Posted in: Community Projects, Updates- Nov 15, 2010 No Comments

Just a quick update on The Practice Of Love.  Submissions are rolling in.  We currently have 10 different authors participating with twelve submissions.  Authors include: Kathy Escobar, Phil Shepherd, Marian Struble, Cheryl Dack, Idelette McVicker, Trevar J Simmons, John Martinez, Rhonda de la Moriniere, Annie Bullock, and Amy Moffitt.

The early submissions are predominantly in the category of loving the self, loving the neighbor and loving the enemy.  We’re still looking for submissions on loving God.

If you’d like to participate, you can find out more information about the project here.

The Practice Of Love Update

Posted in: Community Projects, Updates- Nov 01, 2010 No Comments

Just a quick update on The Practice Of Love Community Project.  Submissions are already rolling in and we’re seeing some great stories of people wrestle with what it means to practice of love in today’s world.  We’re seeing some great stories on loving the self and our neighbors, but we’re not seeing enough stories on Loving God or the enemy.  If you would like to submit something, please do so here.   We’ve also added some FAQs to answer some of the initial questions we are seeing.

Even if you are not a writer, but you know someone who is and would make a great contribution to this project, feel free to forward this post on to them.

A Call For Submissions

Posted in: Call For Submissions- Oct 20, 2010 No Comments

Civitas Press is pleased to announce the first community project entitled, “The Practice Of Love: Living Into The Kingdom of God.” This first project will be a joint effort of writers who are interested in writing an essay on the practice of love.  We’re looking for 1,000-2,000 word essays or stories on your personal experience of practicing love in a significant and meaningful way.  What was the cost and value of living into the Kingdom of God?  We’re not looking for theological treatise on why you should practice love, but on what it was like to live into the footsteps of Jesus.

The project is being broken up into four distinct categories: Loving God, Loving Myself, Loving My Neighbor, Loving The Enemy.  Each category will be balanced so there is a limit to the number of submissions in each category.  We are currently estimating a total of 15 essays in each category.  We are also not limiting this to experiences in the past.  If you would like to take on a specific challenge and write about, we will consider these submissions too. We will publish the project when the manuscript has enough submissions in each category.  You may submit more than one story but we will show preference to stories in different categories.

If you would like to submit to this project, you can do so below or go here.

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Posted in: Updates- Oct 06, 2010 No Comments

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Welcome To Civitas Press

Posted in: Updates- Sep 15, 2010 No Comments

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