Here’s where we stand after just one week of the Pentecost Project going public:

the site has been viewed 1330 times

there have been 14 comments

we’ve been linked and blogged about throughout the U.S. (and even the UK!)

there are 81 members of the Facebook group

5 communities have let me know they plan to participate; several others are working on ideas

12 people have responded and asked to be listed on this site

i’ve purchased the pentecostproject.org and pentecostproject.com domain names (site under construction there; for now keep coming here)

jon irvine has offered to host the site on his server space and work with me on ways to offer subdomains to others who have signed on to the Project

Here’s what you can do to help:

e-mail me to let me know how you plan to enact the Pentecost Project locally as either (or both) an individual and community

blog about the Project

invite people to the Facebook group

leave comments with a link to this site on blog posts of others where you see a connection to our little experiment

Have other ideas? Leave a Comment on this post! Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement as the Project has gotten off the ground. The response has been more than I could have ever imagined.


Thanks to Jon Irvine, there’s a really good chance we’ll be able to offer free sub-domains of pentecostproject.org with easy-to-use WordPress! This way we can have an easily networked web of city-based blogs, such as scranton.pentecostproject.org and columbus.pentecostproject.org, or a community-based subdomain, too, like safespace.pentecostproject.org.

We’ll let you know when we’re ready to roll on that.


My friend Eddy recently commented on the reduce page about Saturday’s Earth Hour. By the time most of you read this post, it will be Saturday. Consider taking part in the collective shutting off of lights for 1 hour at 8 p.m. As Eddy wrote,

besides the obvious, and largely symbolic, benefit of conservation, i think the experiment has a few other pluses.

it’s a good way to dip our finger in the water of sustainability to get a feel for the temperature. one day the levees are going to break and we’ll all be forced to swim.
another benefit related to this project: we, in developed countries, have no imagination for an economy of thrift. as the pentecost project points out, our economy is faltering and the solution is spending of a certain kind; not saving, not paying down debt, but buying. western economies are based on debt and consumption.

so, this earth hour could be seen as a kind of rite in which we rehearse a different, more Christian way of being in the world — a practice that seems all the more urgent as we consider trusting ourselves to handle our bush bucks wisely.

another plus: solidarity with the majority of people and communities who do without electricity.

Check out his comment here (never mind the flattery). Oh, and one last thought from Eddy:

interesting side note: tomorrow is the feast of St. Cyril of Heliopolis, martyred for opposing idolatry.

Great stuff, Eddy. Great stuff.


We’ll let you know when we’re there.


I’ve been debating how to list Shane Claiborne, Irresistible Revolution, The Simple Way, and/or Jesus for President in the Inspirations list at the bottom of the page. It seems redundant to list them all; but how do I choose? Maybe you all can leave your vote in the Comments of this post.

I am nearly finished reading Jesus for President (co-written by Chris Haw from the Camden Houses, another Inspiration I should add to the list; and beautifully designed by sharp7 design, othewise known as Ryan and Holly Sharp of the band The Cobalt Season), and of course Shane and company are pushing me to think creatively and boundlessly.

One of the biggest connections I’ve made to this experiment called the Pentecost Project comes on p. 330 in a section titled We Need New Holidays. According to Shane and Chris,

Every sturdy society has created its own calendar according to its own values. … Consumer culture always threatens to monopolize the feast days when the church remembers saints…turning them into little more than days to buy stuff in the name of cultural idols. … But if we in the church are going to take our citizenship in heaven seriously, we must reshape our minds by marking our calendars differently. We must remember the holidays of the biblical narrative rather than the festivals of the Caesars…Instead of thinking of our inception as July 4th, we would be best served to know that our inception as the church was at Pentecost.

There are many other ways to make connections between this little experiment and the ideas presented by Shane and Chris in their book. I anticipate noting some of those as the Project marches on, calling out ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ to mark the date of the inception of this pesky, mustard seed-like revolution known as the church.

If you’re interested in participating in the Jesus for President blog tour, follow this link: http://zondervan.typepad.com/zondervan/2008/03/jesus-for-pre-1.html.

More Jesus for President resources: a video interview of Shane about the new book on YouTube; Shane and Chris will be going on a physical tour starting in June.


If you’ve inspected this site over the first few days of it being public, you’ll notice I listed the Jesus Manifesto as an inspiration. While searching their archives after listing the link, I came across a post that reflects some of my hopes and dreams for the Pentecost Project. Check it out, and bookmark JM while you’re there:

An Economy Stimulating Giving Spree (Feb. 21, 2008)
Come May, most of us tax paying citizens will be receiving a check in the mail. Now, regardless of whether you agree with capitalism, our government, or the Economic Stimulus package, the fact remains that you’ll be getting a check either way. Now, the question becomes how to spend it . . .

What an amazing opportunity to take make a statement flipping a value system on it’s head. The money given with the intent of spending it on ourselves in our consumer society, thus stimulating our capitalist economy (thus saving us from impending doom) basically makes the statement that we can ‘Save Ourselves by Consuming.’ We have the opportunity to take that same resource and use it for good, clothing the needy, feeding the hungry, bringing justice to the captives . . . Read the whole article.


An overwhelming series of photographs/designs by artist Chris Jordan utilizing common, everyday objects in mass quantities to display the excess we live with each day. From the artist:

This series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Read more…

(ht to jonny baker and cheryl via scott bader-saye)


Interested in joining in the Pentecost Project as a community or as an individual? Send me an e-mail (iamjoshfrank [at] gmail [dot] com) with the following info:

Your Name
Personal website
Community Name
Community Website
City/State/Zip
Date(s) & Time(s) of Event/Action
Location(s) of Event/Action
Description of Event/Action

I’ll add you to the roster to the right ASAP and keep you informed of updates.


an introduction

21Mar08

The Pentecost Project is an experiment towards a more true and loving economy. As we approach the release of rebate checks from the U.S. government as part of its 2008 economic stimulus package, we are wondering if there is a better way to stimulate the economy than to become greater individualistic consumers.

Instead of blowing our rebate checks on new iPods or as down payments on new cars, we propose that we can: invest in others, share possessions, reduce debt.

Learn more…




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