Wednesday, August 31, 2005


It amazes me that Joe Christ gets an entire blog entry named for him and all he had to say was "O.K.".

Check out the new Oddwalk Website at

Joe Christ (yes, that's really his last name, no relation) is super cool

this is an audio post - click to play

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Prayers for our friends to the south

On behalf of the Oddwalk family, l want to offer a special prayers for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Through our ministry, and our lives in general, we've been able to meet a lot of wonderful friends.  Some of those friends live in the area most strongly affected by the force of the hurricane.
If you would like to contribute to the relief effort, you can click on either the Red Cross or Catholic Relief Services, both of whom are responding to this catastrophe.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Germany and the near future

Guten tag!
I've finally returned from Germany where I, along with 800,000 of my closest friends, were celebrating the 2005 International World Youth Day.  This event was capped off with a Papal Mass attended by 1.2 million people at Marienfeld.  It was a truly extraordinary event.  To see the overwhelming faith of all of those youth from around the world gave me hope that the present and future church are in good hands.  To see some pictures and highlights from our trip, click here.
The next couple of months will be very busy for me.  In addition to my job as youth minister at St. Peter's, my ministry with oddwalk will keep me hopping.  As Orin mentioned in an earlier blog, we are recording a short CD to take to NCYC with us.  We are also developing t-shirts and traveling around the country a bit to do our ministry.  We are truly blessed to be able to do what we do!
I need to go for now.  Have a great week!

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Speaking of the studio...

We'll try to get some pictures up later on, so you may believe this...

But so you know: our "recording studio" is in our recording engineer's mom's basment hair salon. Really.

Shannon's "For All Time" was recorded there, and you'd never know it, would you...

Recording Tonight

Shannon and Orin will be in the studio tonight, working on a little CD to bring with them to NCYC in October... Planned tracks include:

new studio versions of:
Chickenwire Joe
Matilda the Gorilla

and new recordings of:
Just Because You Can
My Name Is I AM
Old Irish Blessing

Stay tuned - visit our CD page on the main site for more info!

Friday, August 19, 2005

World Youth Day Info

Click above to see (in English) the current happenings of World Youth Day.

I've (Orin has) been watching bits and pieces of World Youth Day on EWTN (I'm not so much a big EWTN watcher, but that's another post for another day).

I saw part of Pope Benedict XVI coming down the river (Rhine? not sure...) into Cologne and greeting the pilgrims before heading to the Cathedral. I think his "smile-face" may be frozen that way, I don't think the expression ever changed. Perhaps Shannon will have a different report...


Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Hello from Germany!

I'm writing to you from Dusseldorf, Germany where I'm attending the International World Youth Day celebration.  We're having a great time, meeting a lot of great people, eating some amazing food, and wearing ourselves down.  I don't have much time to write.  Please pray for us and all the pilgrims who've traveled here for this event.  See you when I get back.

Taize community in mourning

Brother Roger Murdered

AP, PARIS - The 90-year-old founder of a Christian ecumenical community was stabbed to death in front of thousands of worshippers during an evening prayer service, a killing deplored Wednesday by Pope Benedict XVI and by the head of the Anglican Church, who called the slain man ''one of the best-loved Christian leaders of our time.''

We join the world in mourning this loss.

Make sure to visit...

If somehow you've found this blog without coming to our homepage first, make sure to visit -- so much content there about us, our ministries, our music...

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Dear friends,

Welcome to our blog! I know, I know, there are already 1,423,842 blogs out there, why another? Well, why not?

We hope to be able to share with our friends, families, and guests some of what makes us alive here. We hope to share stories, jokes, observations, and anything else that comes to mind, and we hope to do it all with Christ at the center.

Your comments are always welcome! Check back regularly for updates, and we hope to see you all soon!

Orin Johnson (& Shannon Cerneka, off to World Youth Day in Germany!)