Engaging with Real Intent

By: Bonnie
October 12, 2012

I haven’t been around as much here because I’ve been working on something new. Hawkgrrrl and I were discussing recently that you might be interested, so here’s an introduction. Meet Real Intent.

Our vision (read more here) is to ask and intend to act upon what we discover in a journey of faith. The authors at Real Intent (more than 30 of us, most with our own established blogs), are interested in promoting a journey of discovery through the experimentation of faith, aiding one another by sharing insights and solutions regarding issues that face individuals, families, and communities in an increasingly divided world for the purpose of making practical changes in our lives.

For sure, it’s a faithful blog. While it’s a place for discussion, even of some of the harder issues, the assumption is that the path of faith is still the one we all want to pursue, and the insights offered by bloggers and commenters are toward that end. Real Intent also focuses on the individual rather than the institution of the Church, so it’s less a place of debate than a place for exploring faithful options to crises we all face.

We publish twice daily and since our launch two weeks ago have several hours of reading available already. Here’s a taste:

Montserrat (Chocolate on my Cranium), today published a compendium of resources that she uses in her homeschool to teach about the Protestant Reformation. Chock-full of links and videos and more links, it’s a fabulous walk through a formative period of church history and church pre-history.

James Goldberg (Mormon Midrashim) posted yesterday about our perspective as we approach sacred texts, proposing two frames of evaluation we might use. Not necessarily valuing one over the other, he instead suggests that each are more useful in different situations, always bringing us back to how we view ourselves when we approach the text.

Paul (A Latter-day Voice), who often comments here, wrote recently of his experiences teaching his kids to drive and what it’s taught him about parenting in general. Less about “hands-on” or “hands-off” parenting, it’s a series of observations about our interactions with soon-to-be-adults.

Ray (Things of my Soul), who also often comments here, weaves an interesting analysis of perfection, comparing and contrasting cultural meanings and historical/etiological meanings. Perfection being a huge sticking point for many people, and its pursuit a burden of incredible weight, Ray creates a different perspective.

Meet a few of our authors, with more to come in the future as we introduce guest posts from a host of popular faithful writers around the web. I even post occasionally myself: you can read our launch post (A Comfortable Dead Watch) to get a flavor for our direction.

We invite you to stop in and see what you think. You can keep up with us on Facebook by liking our page and following our feed, and we have a twitter feed (@RealIntentBlog) with posts (which was very active during General Conference.) We also circulate LDS memes on our Facebook page, like the following from Elder Holland’s conference address.

If this kind of conversation is your kettle of fish, we look forward to seeing you there. And when I get a moment, maybe I’ll write here again too.

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4 Responses to Engaging with Real Intent

  1. hawkgrrrl on October 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Great introduction, Bonnie. Lots of favorites over there!

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  2. Howard on October 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    It’s a nice looking blog, I wish you guys the best! It’s also an interesting experiment, I always thought the main bloggernacle niche was about discussions that really can’t take place in church or even the parking lot. It will be interesting to see if there’s a market for church foyer conversations.

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  3. Bonnie on October 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Thanks Hawk! I like them too.

    Howard, you’re right about the Bloggernacle often being a niche for take-it-out-of-the-foyer discussions. Almost all of the ‘nacle staples do that, even the ones that lean more TBM. There is a significant mommy blogger presence among the faithful, and there are a few scattered individual bloggers of both sexes who are delving into some of those same discussions (the ones that go deeper or more specific than a SS lesson often allows – Michaela’s post this afternoon is a perfect example). Our niche is providing a hub for all those isolated TBMs out there, for want of a better label, who are grappling with the idea that their writing needs to matter … to matter. Pragmatism. Discussion for a purpose. Anyway, thanks for checking us out!

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  4. Howard on October 14, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Well Bonnie, a site with the “the exploratory tone of a Sunday School” will probably have fairly short conversations and few participants. If the perma’s enjoy talking to one another posting supportive comments I guess there’s nothing wrong with a club, and who knows maybe you’ll even have a lot of lurkers just like a real Sunday School!

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