About Realistic Living
Realistic Living is a 501-C-3 nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Texas, USA in 1984. Joyce and Gene Marshall are its founders and staff.
Joyce and Gene Marshall were already accomplished teachers of religion and ethics when they married in Chicago in 1977. They lived in Los Angeles four years doing intensive psychological training and then founded Realistic Living in Dallas in 1984.
Since that time they have written numerous books, Realistic Living
Journals, Newsletters, and resourses for small group
nurture. The Marshalls are also social activists: organizers of the bioregional
Gene brings to this team an education in mathematics, physics, and theology. Joyce brings her teaching experience and university training in music and education with a deep passion for literature, feminine values, interreligious dialogue, and meditation. Both have done advanced studies in Christian theology, non-Christian religions, history, the philosophy of social change, psychology, male/female relations, ecology, and economics. They have extensively researched and developed facility with leadership methods for small group religious nurture. They are now developing a focus on training in leadership skills for local cells of Christian resurgence. The Marshalls live in the woods on the Red River Flats of North Texas in a straw-bale house which they designed and participated in building. This home is both their residence and a meeting place for the activities of Realistic Living. See photo gallery of the straw-bale house.
The Boards of Realistic Living
Our local board is responsible for our non-profit 501-C3 corporation and is also an active working board. The members are:
Our International Advisory Board includes the following members:
The Mission of Realistic Living
can be described under these three headings:
1. REALISTIC LIVING is a Research Institute probing the leading edges of religious, psychological, and sociological awareness.
This research takes many forms: reading key books and journals; attending various workshops, retreats, films, performances, and conferences; holding meetings; and managing a research network of collegial explorers of religious practice and ethical living.
Our research is published twice a year in a 16-page journal and twice a year in a two-page newsletter. These publications contain religious and ethical essays, movie reviews, book reviews, and practical contexts and suggestions for fresh forms of Christian religious practice.
See JOURNALS for more information on these publications.
2. REALISTIC LIVING is a Training Office scheduling courses and workshops on visionary social ethics and relevant, transformative religion.
We construct one-day consults on a number of subjects that fall within our general focus.
We have two core courses which we offer on a weekend—Friday night to Sunday afternoon:
See COURSES for more information on these programs and their current scheduling.
3. REALISTIC LIVING PRESS is a Publishing House making available easily understandable and academically sound essays, books, and tapes designed especially for small group nurture.
In addition to the publication of our research in our regular schedule of journals and newsletters, we have organized a sister organization, Realistic Living Press, which publishes perfect-bound books of 120 to 320 pages in length and tape-bound study books of 30 to 60 pages in length. These books are all available in hard copy, and several of them are available as e-matter from this site.
See BOOKS for more information on these resources and how to acquire them.