THE MAIN THING: Celebrating Creation and Spirituality at Jubilee!

December 3, 2015 |

front cover 3THE MAIN THING: Celebrating Creation and Spirituality at Jubilee! is a book from the cast of characters who helped create Jubilee!, a non-demonational community celebration in Asheville, NC. The book delightfully shares the rituals of Jubilee! where song, dance, and reverence of the Divine Mystery are celebrated with love and gratitude — the main thing. The book shares the joyful (and sometimes wacky) journey of Howard Hanger, the World Beat Band, journey teams and a congregation have kept this mission-driven call to life thriving for over 25 years. With an introduction by the writer Tom Robbins, this book celebrates the Jubilee! journey through the Mystery – oh yeah!  ($20 including tax — shipping and handling additional)

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The Main Thing: Celebrating Community and Spirituality at Jubilee!
By Howard Hanger and Friends

The Main Thing tells the story of how ideas grow into community and communityinto a spirituality.

“More a verb than it is a noun, Jubilee! is about what we do far more than who we are,” says Paul Howey, long-time attendee at Jubilee! Community on Wall Street in downtown Asheville, NC. In December 2015, Lobster Books will release The Main Thing: Community and Celebration at Jubilee!, sharing the story of the emergence of Jubilee! in 1990 and how the community continues to thrive and give back generously to Western North Carolina 25 years later.

The 225-page book features an introduction by the legendary Tom Robbins (a Jubilee! enthusiast), essays and stories by long-time Jubilants including the community’s founder and spiritual architect, Rev. Howard Hanger, and a conversation with Reverend Dr. Matthew Fox, founder of one of the inspirations of Jubilee! — Creation Spirituality. The Main Thing embodies the many components of celebration that create a vibrant place of inclusive worship, where song, dance, and reverence of the Divine Mystery are celebrated with love and gratitude — the main thing.

Rev. Howard Hanger sums up Jubilee! this way: “Art is spiritual, and spirituality is art. We all wanted a place where the two could party together and inspire us to find ways in which to make this world a better place.” His account of Jubilee’s origins and structure of services explore a side of Jubilee! that does not appear in the weekly bulletin.

Theologian Matthew Fox once said, “Worship that bores people is a sin.” The Main Thing seeks to illuminate and share the tools the joyful and reverent spirit of a 25+ year church that takes a hands-on, creative approach to community engagement. Chapters include a conversation on creation spirituality, the importance of music during celebration, the youth program, growing new Jubilee! communities, and includes four celebrations for each Via.

The Main Thing will be available for purchase through the Jubilee! website at www.jubileecommunity.org

The Main Thing: Celebrating Community and Spirituality at Jubilee!
By Howard Hanger and Friends
Price: $20.00

Release Date: December 5, 2015