November 19, 2009

[Vox News] World Toilet Day Edition

On this World Toilet Day, we pay homage to the vestibule of comfort and purification. To some, it’s a porcelain safe haven and protector of all things relaxing and private. For others, it’s a cesspool of disease and offensive odors that should be quarantined and avoided at all costs. Whether you have respect or repugnance for this creation of convenience, the next time you mollycoddle yourself on the Shatner, think about this: indoor plumbing and proper sanitation is actually a luxury that an estimated 2.6 billion people do not have. Around the world, people are forced to evacuate in their drinking water or bathe with sewage, thus leading to epidemics and illnesses that make the swine flu look like a domesticated house kitten. With a sanitation crisis littering the global landscape, let us stand in solidarity with those around the world who do not know the terms ‘flush’ or ‘put the seat down’. And on this day, with each passing flip of the toilet flapper, may we draw closer to bringing an end to preventable diseases from the lack of sanitation. For more information, visit to join the conversation.

[Sunday Liturgy]
As the saying goes, When in Rome, do as the Romans do. How did the Romans live? How did the church connect to its surroundings? Why did Paul address specific issues that he did? As this letter changed Rome and greats such as Augustine and Luther, may it change us and our city. Join us as we wrap up our conversation this semester through the epic letter of Romans. Our Sunday Liturgy is at 11:00 AM at Space 12 (3121 East 12th Street).

[Special Sunday Requests]
This next week will be the final weekend of E.A.S.T. If you haven’t gotten a chance to explore the amazing art at Space12, we highly encourage you to peruse around and take it all in. We encourage you to ride your bike to Space12, as E.A.S.T. is a very bike friendly event. There is a high probability that people will be biking from tour stop to tour stop, so come with your wheels, so you can join that E.A.S.T. caravan.

Finally, to help things transition smoothly from Liturgy to E.A.S.T., we plan on starting and ending on time. In order to do this, we request that everyone tries to arrive on time and lend an extra hand in putting away chairs and rearranging the space for E.A.S.T.

[E.A.S.T. Extravaganza]
It’s that time of the year again where the artists scattered around East Austin open their doors for all of Austin to enjoy and appreciate. This year, Space12 is another one of the stops on the tour and will be hosting several amazing events over the next two weeks. Here’s a quick snapshot of the E.A.S.T. events that are coming up:

Gallery Hours
11/18-11/20 (Wed-Fri): 1pm-5pm
11/21 (Sat): 10am-5pm
11/22 (Sun): 1pm-5pm


November 18 (Wed)
8:00pm – 10:00pm — Death To All Ice-Cream Trucks

November 20 (Fri)
7:30pm – 10:30pm — The Round #3

November 22 (Sun)
4:00 – 7:00 pm — Displaced Art by PODER

For more details on E.A.S.T., check out their website or check out the details on facebook.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with any of the exciting events happening over the next two weeks, contact Anslee.

[Vox Thanksgiving Feast]
Planning on staying in Austin this Thanksgiving? Don’t have any plans for the holidays? Well, we’ve got a slip silly jamboree planned for YOU!! Join us on Thursday, November 26th for a Vox Thanksgiving Feast Extravaganza. It’ll be a potluck, so please bring something to share. But don’t worry, we’ll have the turkey and the Texas vs. A&M game, so you won’t miss out on your annual dose of Tryptophan and sweaty man fighting. Here’s the details:

Date: Thursday, November 26
Time: 6pm
Location: 4421 Camacho Street
What to Bring: Something to Share

[Getting Involved with Vox]
Have you always wanted to get more involved with Vox but haven’t known how? Do you have a passion or vision for something that Vox isn’t currently involved in? If you answered YES to either of these questions, then this is for you!! We would love to help you get more involved with what’s happening in the Vox community, as well as come along side your passion and vision to help it leave the dream realm and give it life. If this at all interests you, please let us know by sending us an email.

[Global Updates]
In addition to connecting with local partners and being involved with local initiatives and organizations, Vox is also partnering with people and groups around the world. For more details, visit the website or join this Sunday to hear a live update on how Vox’s Global partners are doing, as well as finding out how you can be involved.

[Generosity Report – October]
We’re grateful for the generous community that we have. Your generosity allows us to be generous to the city of Austin and the world around us. For the details of October’s giving, you can download the report here. If you have any questions please email Michelle.

[Online Giving]
We’ve always wanted to exercise generosity by giving out as much as we can to those around us who are in need. If you would like to partner financially with Vox in this mission, we have several options for you.

1. Bill Pay through own bank.
2. EFT signup is available online.
3. credit card through google checkout.
4. snail mail

For more information, please click here.

You might be wondering what this acronym stands for. Well, allow me to spill the beans!! WYOMP stands for ‘Wash Your Own Mugs, Please ‘. One of the new perks of having our liturgy at Space12 is the plethora of mugs and drinking utensils at our disposal. Unfortunately, when the liturgy is over and the snacks are all consumed, the once clean cups are left dirty and all alone in the sink. If you could, after you have finished enjoying the delightful snacks and beverages, please lend a hand with washing the mugs and drinkware. That would be greatly appreciated.

[Won’t You Be My Friend?]
Hi, my name is Vox Veniae, and this is my cousin Space 12. I’m 4 years old, and Space just turned one a little while ago. We’re very friendly, housebroken and love our bellies rubbed. We would like to be friends with you!! We promise to not Zombie bite you, nor will we ask you to join our kingdom. We just want to be your friend because that will make us happy. Click here to add Vox as a friend and here to add Space12 as a friend.

[Rides to Vox]
If you live on campus and are in need of a ride on Sunday morning to join us for Liturgy, please email us and we’ll hook you up. If you could send an email by 11pm on Friday, that would be greatly appreciated.

[Photo by mrlego54 @ Flickr]

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