At the very core, The Rising desires to be a place where we bring things to the light and elevate them to a higher, better place. We want to be a place full of conversations about things that matter-- the hard things, the "off-limits" things, the controversial things, the worthy things. We want to, together with every reader, think outside of the boxes society tries to keep us in and challenge every status quo.
We want to honor good art around us in every form, and we want to be part of creating that good art. We want to be honest, authentic, transparent, vulnerable and real. We want to build The Rising into a community where every person, regardless of background, belief, gender, color, or age, can come, encounter the Gospel, and dialogue with us about what that looks like in the world we live in.
We hope what we write and share with you is both encouraging and challenging, and we hope you've been changed as a result.
We are constantly dreaming and implementing new ways we can bring our mission statement to life, and we are excited to share with you the newest way we are doing that.
You'll be seeing "rising trends" here on the blog and also on our Facebook and Twitter. You'll be seeing the hashtag #RisingTrend in your feeds.
What you'll be seeing is both our own content and content we've found other places. You'll be seeing content that is seeking to share the Gospel through all mediums. You'll be seeing content that is challenging the status quo, sharing stories, and building authentic, transformative community around the world.
What do I mean?
Last Thursday, ABC's hit TV show Scandal took primetime television to a new level, bringing the recent events of Ferguson to light in a fictional (but yet so very realistic) way. Shonda Rhimes is a genius and started a cultural conversation that our society desperately needs to continue having. The episode was emotional and powerful. Here's a stand-out quote that illustrates the beauty of this episode well: "You talk about fairness and justice like it's available to everybody. It's not!" // Look for the episode called "The Lawn Chair" on your TV or online and watch it if you can. Also read this and this.
This past week, after all the buzz about #TheDress (a quick Google search will tell you what I'm talking about if you somehow missed it), the South African branch of The Salvation Army released a brilliant ad campaign with the hashtag #StopAbuseAgainstWomen. The copy reads "Why is it so hard to see black and blue? The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in 6 women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women." They took a ridiculous and meaningless debate about the colors of a dress and turned it into a powerful and compelling ad campaign. // Read more here.