Tuesday, September 25, 2007
"But mostly, leaders are hoping that all the high-tech equipment will
help lure more people to their pews and make their places of worship
more interactive and user-friendly."
Read it all here:
A friend and colleague of mine, Steve Manskar, has offered the following thoughts about this quote in particular and the article in general:
We've come to a very trying place when a writer will, in all
seriousness, conjoin "worship" and "user-friendly." As if the
worship of the living and holy God, the crucified and risen Lord of the
Universe could or, ever should be, "user-friendly." This makes me grieve
for the church that has apparently lost nearly all consciousness of the
mission of God for the world and replaced it with marketing and church
The article also reference's Jim Twitchell's book, "Shopping for God"-- and there was an interview with Jim this morning on NPR. You can read or listen to the interview here. There's a link to the book via Amazon (if you want to SHOP for IT!) on the NPR page as well.
Add you own comments below... or share them next week in the Worship Cohort conversations at emergingumc:a gathering, here in Nashville...
Peace in Christ,
Monday, September 24, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I'm sorry I wont be able to join you in October at the gathering. I'm waist deep in "stuff" here. I will be thinking of ya'll (do they still say ya'll in Nashville?) and my prayers are with you as connections are made and dreams find some fertile soil. I look forward to reading the blogs of your experiences. Have a great time friends.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
New updates on the schedule given last minute changes by some presenters...
And a great big welcome to Kevin Anderson, who is one of my counterparts with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and who will be joining us for our panel conversation and for a workshop on developments in worship resources for emerging missional churches...
Guess it wouldn't be emerging if it's not changing like this!
So here goes:
thursday october 4
Preconference Option: a gathering with the Nashville Emergent Cohort
11:30- 1 @ the flying saucer
Registration 3:30-5:30 p.m. at scarritt-bennett
Dinner and conversation at scarritt-bennett 5:30-6:30 pm
Evening Prayer and Plenary: 7 p.m.
“Streams in the emerging landscape and your ministries:
a conversation and cohortation”
Facilitated by Taylor Burton-Edwards
Night Prayer: 9:30
friday, october 5
Breakfast at scarritt-bennett 7:30 am
Morning Prayer: 8:45
emerging ministries 1 9:00-10:00
Organic Gatherings in Greater Cincinnati dg hollums and gary gibson
Indigenous mission in an urban arts community jim walker
Emerging in a traditional congregation in west virginia melissa rudolph
a key group conversation 10:15-11:30
Women and emerging/Emergent Elizabeth Buxton
noon prayer and lunch options 11:30
Love feast hosted by DG Hollums
emerging ministries 1:00-2:00
What Jesus is teaching us in New York-- Don and Pam heatley
Indigenous mission in an urban arts community Jim Walker
Emerging in a traditional congregation in West Virginia Melissa Rudolph
a panel conversation: emerging and the institutional church 2:30-3:45
Emerging and ELCA Kevin Anderson
Emerging and PCUSA Chip Andrus (via podcast/video)
Emerging and Wesley Jay Voorhees
emergingumc and GBOD Taylor Burton-Edwards
mid-afternoon eucharist 3:45-4:30
emerging ministries 4:30-5:30
Organic Groups in Greater Cincinnati DG Hollums and Gary Gibson
What Jesus is teaching us in New York-- don and pam heatley
Resources from/for emerging churches—Kevin Anderson
dinner and evening with your cohorts
or bible fight club hosted by jim walker
night prayer (for those who are back) 10 p.m.
saturday, october 6
Breakfast at Scarritt-bennett 7:30
Morning Prayer 8:30
Spiritual formation options 9:00-10:00
A panel conversation: theology and missiology 10:00-11:00
An Emerging Methodist Billy Watson
missiology and organic groups DG Hollums
and missional/incarnational taylor burton-edwards
Cohort time and covenant affirmation 11:00
Mid-day Prayer and Sending forth 11:30