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  • Faith conference embraces the unconventional: Editor uses critical words for positive change

    Unconventional ideas abounded last week at the King’s University College interdisciplinary studies conference on economics and faith, entitled You’re Richer When You Think.

    Inside a packed, humid King’s University College classroom, Aiden Enns’ session on spirituality and simplicity turns to poop and flush fees.

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  • Five years later, journal Geez delivers Christian faith that pokes and prods

    At birth, Geez, was a hip, new, sort of edgy spiritual magazine that hoped to spread “holy mischief in an age of fast faith.” Designed in Oregon (by Darryl Brown of Newberg) and published in Canada, Geez (rhymes with “cheese”) is celebrating its fifth anniversary by taking on technology.

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  • Christian magazine introduces new ways of seeing the world and pursuing social justice

    Born in Winnipeg five years ago, Geez uses progressive Christianity as a starting point for cultural critique. Occasionally, the cumbersome language of a sociology essay slips into the copy, with phrases like “systematic ideologies of capitalist-consumerist disposable behaviour.” But for the most part, it speaks with a half-angry, half-joyful voice that condemns the impact of the oil industry on watersheds in one breath and celebrates the fun of racing a bike downhill in the next.

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  • A faith magazine for ‘the un-churchable’

    When things were going extremely well for Geez magazine in 2007, its banner year, subscriptions shot up to 2,000. Readers were so in love with the cheeky, contrarian “post-Christian” quarterly that many were paying more than the annual $35 subscription to ensure its survival.

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  • On the same page

    While some see Winnipeg as drab and grey, Aiden Enns sees the subtlety of a vibrant community of artists, activists and people with stories to be told.

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  • Geez magazine still rocking Christian world

    Geez! Has it been five years already?
    It was 2005 when Aiden Enns launched Geez, a self-described “cheeky” magazine for the “over-churched, out-churched, un-churched and maybe even the un-churchable.” Back then, Enns told me his goal was to counter the rise of the religious right by creating alternative Christian messages, to protest the “unholy alliance between church, state, market and military,” and celebrate the “spiritual dimensions of biking, energy efficiency and canning pickles.”

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  • Magazine takes soft-sell approach

    Leave it to some Canadians to come up with a magazine for the overchurched, out-churched and unchurched under-40 set. It’s called “Geez,” an exasperated exclamation derived from Jesus’ name that some Christians consider to be blasphemous. The Canadians running “Geez” see it as a way to enter the realm of religion “more like Saturday evening over beers than Sunday morning with its strictures,” says an editor’s note upfront. Aiden Enns, 47, its Mennonite publisher, calls it being post-Christian.

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  • Geez: culture jamming, just like Jesus

    The magazine’s tongue-in-cheek approach goes well beyond mischief: the editors of Geez are responding to an urgent call to play whistle-blower in their own fold. Critical of the unchecked affluence dominating the North American Church, the magazine has created an ad-free space for voices which promote the social gospel and a concept of Christ as radical reformer, all with measured grace and easy humour.

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  • Holy mischief

    As a magazine that claims to camp “in the outback of the spiritual commons,” Geez may have felt a little out of place at the Western Magazine Awards ceremony in downtown Vancouver this past July. Remarkably, however, the Christian quarterly not only took the Best New Publication and Best Magazine honours for Manitoba, but was also named Western Canada’s Magazine of the Year. While the awards thrilled publisher Aiden Enns, the success also raised a flag: “Maybe we’re getting too mainstream,” he chuckles.

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  • City pair’s feisty publication nabs 3 secular awards

    Sometimes there’s a small reward or two on Earth for making a bit of heavenly mischief. Geez magazine, the Winnipeg-based Christian activism quarterly, won three honours recently at the Western Canadian Magazine Awards, gaining recognition for its unique combination of satire, critique, social consciousness, and just plain quirkiness.

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  • National Post arts review

    Rare is the religious magazine whose presentation could be called intriguing. Behold Geez, which recently scooped the Best New Publication and Magazine of the Year at last month’s Western Magazine Awards. Conceived by former Adbusters editor Aiden Enns, its mission is to “untangle the narrative of faith from the fundamentalists, pious self-helpers and religio-profiteers.” Geez!

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  • Blowing open the cliches of Evangelical Christians

    Geez is drawing rave reviews in North America’s mainstream and alternative media, from the Dallas Morning News and Maclean’s to This Magazine and The Utne Reader (where it was this year nominated for best spiritual magazine and best new magazine.) Like a true prophet of old, Enns, despite his cheerful demeanor, has a way of irking people from all over the religious and social map as he stretches the boundaries of what it means to be evangelical.

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  • Ethics & values/faith Journal spreads ‘holy mischief’

    … Geez has a bias. That’s not, the editors insist, a bad thing, especially when you’re out to change popular attitudes toward materialism, energy consumption, the environment and an institutional church that is committed to making its members feel good. And you’re determined to do it all in the name of Jesus, without accepting any paid ads in the process.

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  • CBC Radio’s Tapestry

    It’s not every day you open a magazine that tells you how to circumcise your Scriptures, or create your own home altar. But that’s exactly what you’ll find in Geez. It describes itself as “a bustling spot for the over-churched, the out-churched, the un-churched and maybe even the un-churchable.” Mary Hynes speaks to Will Braun and Aiden Enns, the two editors of Geez, about what they call holy mischief.

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  • “Jesus is my homey”

    Describing itself as a “cheeky new magazine of spirit and social action,” Winnipeg-based Geez is a surprisingly hip, bold take on Christianity. It hearkens back not to any recent tradition of right-wing fundamentalism, but to Christianity’s roots of social change and revolution, with Jesus as a rebel protesting against the Establishment and taking his message to the streets and the harlots, poor and dispossessed who dwell there.

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