Tuesday, September 21, 2010

You and Me in September's Christianity Today

Participant First

A big thank you to delightful editor Mark Moring and Christianity Today— for discussing my work with this online community, HighCallingBlogs, and (very cool!) our Twitter improv poetry— in their September issue...

Participant First: L.L. Barkat Creates in the Context of Online Community

Article Photo, by L.L. Barkat.

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Anonymous David @ Red Letter Believers said...

I loved that interview, your graciousness that oozed out, and the big props it gave to the High Calling Network.

And what placement!

I imagine that that CT will be the best selling, most collected ever -- - - by your friends, of which there are many

2:51 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Thanks for all you do at HCB! So glad to see you get the recognition you deserve. Blessings!

3:17 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

HCB as a "retreat center"...now that speaks to me in a way I just can not explain. When the ugly swirled up mad that gathering of artists, writers and workers became a retreat for me in the madness.
Beautiful interview.
Beautiful soul.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Deidra said...

Great interview. The concept of "participation." I get that. It seems a familiar path to me.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...


4:52 PM  
Blogger Jennifer @ JenniferDukesLee.com said...

Loved this, L.L. You're a delightful, well-rounded, intriguing person. And I always feel like there's such depth to who you are, that I'm just seeing a little bit of L.L. (Figurately and literally!)

And yes, I had to laugh here today. You sneaky lady -- you still partially obscured yourself in that photograph.


Honored to work alongside you, and mostly to call you friend.

7:36 PM  
Blogger SimplyDarlene said...

My favorite four words of that interview, "I write to love."

You know, I saw that image on flickr and the title and tried to find the story at Christianity Today. I searched and searched. Finally I decided it was a fever-induced pic title...but here you are!

Beautiful, inside, outside and upside-down (had to add that one in there for fun).


9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great interview! I really like your self-description as "participant." I see that expressed every day here.

11:28 PM  
Blogger sojourner said...

very nice!

10:14 AM  
Anonymous kingfisher said...

Congratulations on the interview in CT. "You deserve a break today!"

Thank you, also, Laura, for offering the "On Monday" invitationals. This has been a good fit for me. So many of the invitationals either have a too-specific topic (without much advance warning of what it will be), or else have more participants than can possibly be read. When I see that I would be #53 on a list, I don't even put up my link.

Coming to your site has been a good experience. I am always quick to open the e-mail reminders of your new posts.

In regards to "building community," I think we need to be careful not to make establishing friendships or interactions more important than our alone-time with God and hearing/talking to him. On the other hand, sometimes our sense of community can come, not from either real or virtual interactions (comments back and forth), but from something we read in a book or non-commentable online writing. Our growth and nurture -- and touch from God -- can even come from a gorgeous sunset, a friendly cat who wants her chin rubbed, or a falling autumn leaf.

Isn't it grand that God is so creative and inventive that he gives us community in mysterious and wonderful ways? If nothing else, we may count it worth something that we are all part of the worldwide body of Jesus Christ -- with Christ as our head -- whether we ever actually meet or contact or connect.

Keep on going, girl! Plugging Jesus-Christ-is-Lord, and we are his!

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, congratulations. What terrific exposure for you, for HCB, for the thought of an online community!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Michelle DeRusha said...

That's pretty darn awesome!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Bob Gorinski said...

I hated that green ribbon. It had "participant" written vertically down the center, and was awarded to me for playing in a soccer league(and not winning very much)during middle school.

It's just funny...I see what you're getting at. I see the purpose and joy (and your joy) in being a participant.

I hung the green ribbon behind a few blues and reds in my (childhood) room, but never threw it out... Now maybe I know why.

10:42 PM  

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