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Rend Collective Experiment is an eclectic collective of multi-instrumentalists from the North of Ireland. An inherent desire for something spiritually substantive in our increasingly artificial world is exactly what brought the movement of friends together. United by a common purpose, these twenty-somethings began exploring the intersection between God, life and community.
“The Rend Collective Experiment came together as a few friends started to pray and seek God. We wanted an authentic outworking of our faith and felt that we would just step out into the unknown and see what happened,” Gareth shares. “Before we knew it, people just started gathering around us and we had more than 100 people involved, musicians and artists, bank workers and teachers, and together we tried to figure out our faith.”
After many years in Ireland, the band felt the call to step out again into the unknown as the core 5 of the collective felt they were being called to reach more people. They have now grown into an international success with major tours with Chris Tomlin, MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North and Lecrae under their belts. Their heart is to bring not only a fresh approach to congregational worship, but also a heart and message through the spoken word. Their partnerships and tours with church leaders like Francis Chan, Louie Giglio and Shane Claiborne certainly shows this.
Concerning the band itself Gareth comments,”We are a collective of people like a family and not just a band. We want our music to be what we call Organic worship, an honest and natural connection with God, something which is authentic and not artificial. We want to create an environment for people to have genuine encounters with Him and to find themselves singing to Him in ways that they find real.”
Jim Zorn, the quarterback coach for the Seattle Seahawks recently told me that he got his vision for becoming the kind of athlete he is from a high school coach. It was amazing. You could hear the emotion and gratitude in him. He talked about how he could hold that ball. How he was taught about how to put those fingers on the threads and so forth and he tributes really his career to the investment that coach had in him. Well in the same way there are people that can invest in our marriages and he’ll be the first to admit this because he is a marriage mentor himself with his wife Joy. He and his wife Joy are lovely mentors and they understand the power of that in a couple’s life. Friend, consider the value of a marriage mentor, a coach can bring to your marriage today.
If you have a comment or question for the New Shine.FM Relationship Experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, visit the Relationships Experts page at Shine.FM.
In Lisa’s Home School, get the scoop on how to save a bundle of money if you’re in the market for some electronics, furniture, or jewelry! If you’re ready for an online shopping spree, better to get to it before Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act, requiring online retailers to collect sales tax!
If you want to take a relaxing vacation this summer, go to Hawaii. But stay away from West Virginia! According to a new Gallup poll, those two states ranked as the least and most stressful places to live.
Time.com writer Erica Ho reports on the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey. That report tracks the stress levels of Americans living in all 50 states.
Over 350,000 people were interviewed over the course of a year and were asked to answer the question: “Did you feel stressed during a lot of the day yesterday?”
West Virginians felt the most stressed, with 47.1% answering “yes”.
Rhode Island, Kentucky, Utah and Massachusetts didn’t fare much better, coming in right behind. Interestingly, West Virginia, Kentucky and Utah have ranked in the top five consistently for the past five years, though it is unclear why.
According to the survey, stress levels overall did not change much in 2012 compared with 2011. The Northeast and Midwest consistently reported the highest levels of stress than other regions of the United States, with a few exceptions.
Less-stressed states tended to report more ‘enjoyment’ in comparison to the most-stressed states.
The states rated “least stressful” were Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, and Wyoming.
By the way, if you’re planning a vacation this summer, make this little note to self. Changing travel plans is getting more expensive on US Airways and United. US Airways has increased the fee for changing a flight from 150-dollars to 200-dollars for domestic flights. That matches the fee hike United put in place a couple weeks ago.
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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