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Emerging Church New Starts

In this simple post, Brian McLaren drew my attention to a conference being held by the North Georgia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, titled – Emerging Church New Starts: Where do you begin? As a United Methodist, I think that this is a sign of hope within the denomination. This seems to be […]

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Mainline Emergent/s and the Kansas Area

The Mainline Emergent/s gathering was an encouraging encounter with others seeking to do ministry in a way that is relevant to the surrounding culture and may be different than the way that things have been done within The United Methodist Church. I am considering how the conversations that I have had at this conference will […]

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Hope for the Sake of Creation

From the final session of the Mainline Emergent/s gathering by Brian McLaren… We must be concerned with the earth and not just the church. The substance of the message that is being presented in a local congregation is important – is the gospel one of escape or transformation?Possible action steps after the gathering: Stop focusing […]

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Future of Denominations?

In the final session of the Mainline Emergent/s gathering, Brian McLaren responded to a question about the purpose of middle level judicatories – for example, district superintendents and districts in the United Methodist Church. Some of his response: If we destroyed the denominational structure today, we would start rebuilding it tomorrow, but it might look […]

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Curating Space for Life and Relational Groups

In the final morning of the Mainline Emergent/s gathering, Karen Ward spoke about some of the practices that they share as a community at Church of the Apostles. They are focused around three core questions, which they find people in their community to be asking: Who is God and does God matter? What is the […]

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Ortho – what?

I originally wrote this on November 30, 2006… During Staff Chapel on November 30, Adam Hamilton spoke on Part IV of Thomas Merton’s Life and Holiness. On page 73 of Life and Holiness, Thomas Merton writes: It is quite possible to “believe in Christ,” in the sense of mentally accepting the truth that he lived […]

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The Worst Thing You Can Do…

The worst thing you can do is take this home and try it out next Sunday. There is a process of leading people through change. —Brian McLaren – In reference to the Mainline Emergent/s gathering. Diana Butler Bass spoke in the plenary session this afternoon – translating emergent practices for mainline denominations. I found one […]

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Cauldrons of Theological Participation and Imagination

Nanette Sawyer, pastor at Wicker Park Grace, and Troy Bronsink responded to Doug Pagitt during the first session this morning. I found one of the particular interesting ideas presented was Doug’s view that: Church communities ought to be cauldrons of theological participation and imagination. Cauldrons – what a great word. He was referring to the […]

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Mainline Emergent/s – Day 1

Day 1 at the Mainline Emergent/s event included hearing from, among others, Brian McLaren, Karen Ward, Tony Jones, Holly Rankin Zaher and Dixon Kinser. It is an interesting mix of being an event in which there is a main speaker for plenary sessions, but also conversation is encouraged as the primary means of learning and […]

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Connections in Ministry

I arrived this morning to sunny Atlanta, Georgia and made my way via MARTA to Columbia Theological Seminary. I checked in, moved into the room and headed off to eat lunch. I am rooming with Jay from Only Wonder Understands. I met Steven Blair, pastor at First Light Gardner, for lunch and we spent the […]

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Mainline Emergent / S

I am looking forward to attending the following event next week: Mainline Emergent / S: Conversations in Theology, Practice, and Hope. The event is being held at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. It will be great to connect with other Methodists. To my knowledge Jay from Only Wonder Understands will be there. Are you planning […]