phase 2.

mjkimpan  —  June 6, 2016 — Leave a comment

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it’s time.

at the dawn of this new year, i announced that i’d founded a not-for-profit organization known as (un)common good collective. i’ve reached out to a number of friends and followers of my work and asked for their fiscal support in the development of this organization, designed to serve as a shared resource organization to provide services for and fund the work of churches, organizations and individuals within an expanding network of those seeking to do good work in the world.

as it turns out, ’doing good’ is quite common.

countless people are working toward an articulation and expression of a more just and generous expression of faith than what’s previously passed for christianity. 

that’s actually quite common. 

what is historically uncommon, however, is the intentional collaboration and the sharing of resources within these communities of do-gooders. 

perceived competition for public platform and donor dollars along with varying other degrees of buerocratic red tape too often hinders truly collaborative work across our networks, and often stifles the imagination of, as one of my friends says, ‘a more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.’

(un)common good collective seeks to transcend the scarcity mindset which too often hinders a spirit of co-operation m out of the abundance of our time, treasure and talent across a shared eco-system of goodness. Continue Reading…

‘The best theology would need no advocates; it would prove itself.’
— karl barth


mjkimpan  —  June 3, 2016 — Leave a comment


before we start…have you signed up for the OPEN weekly E-newsletter? because if you haven’t, you’re missing out on A LOT of exciting information and opportunities.

you can subscribe to it by clicking here.

one of the recent announcements made from the OPEN network is our excitement about the OPEN MDiv from Christian Theological Seminary.

OPEN and CTS have partnered to provide this forward-thinking Master of Divinity – and courses begin this fall.

‘Progressive evangelicals looking for a seminary home have responded to CTS’ historic commitments to hospitality and inclusion,’ said matthew myer boulton, CTS president and professor of theology. ‘It’s a wonderful compliment to CTS.’ Continue Reading…

‘Just as a flower is made only of non-flower elements, Buddhism is made only of non-Buddhist elements, including Christian ones, and Christianity is made of non-Christian elements, including Buddhist ones.’

— thích nhất hạnh
from Living Buddha, Living Christ

at the center.

mjkimpan  —  May 10, 2016 — Leave a comment



a little over a year ago, i announced that i’d resigned from my position as the executive director of The Marin Foundation here in chicago in order to engage in work which expanded beyond the scope allowed by my position in that particular organization. since that time, i’ve been honored to participate in a number of efforts – most notably, partnering with some new and old friends from Convergence and elsewhere in building and giving leadership to a network created to organize and mobilize progressive evangelicals called OPENand also founding my own non-profit organization to provide funding and support to those and other endeavors called (un)common good collective.

it’s been a busy year.

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‘vulnerability is the birthplace of connection and the path to the feeling of worthiness. if it doesn’t feel vulnerable, the sharing is probably not constructive.’

— brene brown

under the radar.

mjkimpan  —  April 29, 2016 — Leave a comment


for the past twelve months, i’ve purposefully flown ‘under the radar’ on social media and here on my personal blog (many of you have taken notice that the traditionally prolific nature of my public writing, speaking and tweeting has decreased over the past year – which has led a number of folks to wonder if i’m actually being productive anymore).

some folks have literally messaged me asking if i’m still alright, or if i’m working – and what in the world i’m working on.

and of course i am – i’ve just been flying under the radar.

but as i said to my friend only yesterday – just because you’re flying under the radar doesn’t mean that you’re not still moving.

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‘what you seek is seeking you.’
– rumi


‘We have always found Jesus easier to worship than to follow. Veneration of great people requires less than imitation. Jesus said, ‘Follow me’ not ‘Hallow me.’

these are the words of my friend stan mitchell, who is admittedly on a Facebook status update roll (friend and/or follow stan here). he leads a church in nashville, TN called GracePointe and – lest you believe stan stands alone – is part of a growing movement of outspoken progressive evangelical individuals, organizations and communities of faith coalescing around a broader effort known as OPEN. so am i.

truth be told, increasing numbers of us who grew up in an evangelical, non-denominational or free-church tradition are coming to terms with the fact that the version of christianity that we grew up with is less than good news.

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not every moment is beautiful and good, but there is good and beauty in every moment.

seek it, and you will find it.

then seek it out more.