The Catholic Creativity Community was established in 2009 from the premise the Early Church Fathers used: Just as the Israelites, during their manumission from slavery in Egypt, received gold and other precious metals from those Egyptians who were well disposed to them, and melted it down to fashion the elements used for their worship of God — just so, we as Christians would do well to “melt down” the philosophies and thoughts of the culture around us in order to make Christ’s presence known to the world.
In our day and age, the culture is largely shaped by the media, movies and TV shows, as well as novels, weblogs, etc. But all of this somehow boils down to story. As ancient as humanity itself, stories are what we human beings use to communicate our deepest selves. Why is that? Because God, in whose image and likeness we are created, chooses to use story to communicate the deepest part of Himself (or Themselves: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.)
The Catholic Creativity Community, the brainchild of Fr. Jim Tucker, a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, is a network of various endeavors, including a sermon site, a puppet video blog called Comments from the Koala, Catholic Creativity for Kids, and Catholic Flash Fiction, an on line magazine of extremely short fiction in various genres, 2000 words or less in length, by various contributors in contemporary Catholic fiction. For more information, please email catholic flashfiction [at] catholic creativity.net.