Salt of the Earth: A Christian Seasons Calendar


Will Willlimon"The church keeps time differently from the world. Salt of the Earth is a beautiful way for us to keep time as Christians."
- William Willimon



Eugene Peterson photo“Every day is holy, a gift of time in which we enter into the great rhythms of God’s creation and salvation. This calendar brings fresh awareness to the essential sacredness of what is so easily profaned by hurry or sloth.”
Eugene Peterson

Stanley Hauerwas photo“Few things are more important for Christians today than reclaiming the calendar as our time. This wonderful calendar helps us do that by reminding us that we are constituted by the narrative that is quite different from Canadian or American national holidays. What a wonderful gift this calendar is and makes.”
Stanley Hauerwas
Walter Brueggemann photo“I am so glad to see the emergence of this calendar because we Christians are in an emergency about time. It is clear that dominant culture in North America no longer knows what time it is, because every season has now been homogenized into an uninterrupted ‘shopping season’ and when we do not know what time it is we are unlikely to remember ‘former times’ and surely have no ground to hope for ‘new things’. This new calendar refers all our seasons back to the Lord of all time and may, in quite concrete ways, provide a form of resistance against the timelessness of consumerism back into the timefulness of our faith.”
Walter Brueggemann
Diana Butler Bass photo"The University Hill Church publishes the calendar 'to enable the re-telling of the life and story of Jesus Christ. It encourages people to live differently from the dominant culture.' They see 'living in God's time' as an act of subversion. In the earliest years of the church Christians began to celebrate time in a different manner than did their neighbors. Just as in Vancouver, having a cycle of their own time marked the Jesus community in a unique way, providing their festivals and spirituality with alternative rhythms to those of both Judaism and pagan religions."
Diana Butler Bass in"A People's History of Christianity" (pp. 49ff)

Debra Dean Murphy photo"Chronological time is beside the point in the sense that it is not the time by which the Church lives; its measurements (clocks and daytimers) do not order the Church’s life and witness. The Church exists instead by another time: kairos — time redeemed by the saving work of Christ and measured by the rhythm of fasts and feasts that order the Church’s common worship. One of the best guides for living in this time between the times is The Christian Seasons Calendar, produced each year by University Hill Congregation in Vancouver. (Thank God for the Canadians who are teaching American Christians that Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July are not ecclesial observances)"
Debra Dean Murphy in"Doing Time"

Marva Dawn photo"I'm so grateful for the "Salt of the Earth" Christian calendar!  At last, the Church can glance at a calendar that immediately gives us a sense of where we are in our primary ordering of time."
Marva Dawn


Katherine Jefferts Schori photo"Thank you very much for your creative calendar. It's both refreshing and instructive to see physical evidence of time re-structured. The illustrations are beautifully evocative. Thank you for presenting Holy Week in all its open emptiness."
- Katharine Jefferts Schori

Chris Erdman photo"We spend the large part of our lives with minds hooked by the past or lured by the future. But we can’t meet God in either of those places. Only here. Only now. There is no other time but the present. This is why I celebrate a time-healing project by a small congregation in Vancouver, British Columbia. What started out as an effort by a handful of disciples to dwell in the present time with full awareness of its meaning, the Christian Seasons Calendar has become a global phenomenon."
Chris Erdman in "Prayer & Time"

George Hunsberger photo"The churches in North America today are pushed around by a number of calendars: agricultural seasons, school terms, Hallmark moments, patriotic memorials, sporting championships, and waves of entertainment and commerce. All these are pressed onto a calendar of twelve roughly lunar months, all pressing for the churches to correspond to their patterns. But for a church captivated by a gospel that sees things otherwise, the rhythms of time and hours and days and seasons take a radically particular form. The Christian Seasons Calendar does more than remind us what the programs of the church will be about this Sunday. It brings boldly to the eye that we daily move to a beat different from that of the siren songs around us, that we follow a guiding vision framed by a divine rhythm of life. Using it lays an indelible imagination over the commonplace to remind our discipleship of its privilege, to live daily the good news of Jesus Christ."
- George Hunsberger

"We are all looking for practical ways of shaping our common lives around Christian practices - it is always the simple things and not the big things that make the difference. Ed Searcy and University Hill have labored well in the garden of Christian and missional in producing for us all a wonderful gift of formation and Christian imagination. This calendar is full of art and beauty.  Its purpose is to shape us around the everyday life of God's great story. I want to encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful resource.  Its not about dates and events but formation and imagination in Christian life - two things we sorely need in our wilderness times."
- Alan Roxburgh

"I love my calendar and have it up on the wall where everyone can see it - Thanks so much."
- Anne Lamott

"I find the concept behind the calendar, and the art in it, creative and moving. You can be sure that I will be sharing it with friends."
- Parker Palmer

"The calendar is a very special one and it picks up the theme that is picking up momentum among Christians all around the world. People are beginning to pay attention to the holy seasons and the special days of the season. Doing so aids spiritual growth."
- Tony Campolo