Presbyterian Outlook: Emergent churches seek new ways to worship, serve (Requires free registration.)
Emergent worship folks in the Presbyterian church are trying to figure out where to go from here – along the way taking the temperature of people interested in the emergent life, and planning more conversations.
A new book — An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, including some essays written by Presbyterians — attempts to lay out aspects of emergent thinking. There’s ongoing conversation about where and how missional and emergent approaches converge and diverge.
And a tantalizing question asked at a July emergent gathering in San Francisco, according to Karen Sloan, a Presbyterian who’s the author of Flirting with Monasticism: Finding God on Ancient Paths and who’s been helping to organize some of these events, was: “What is presbymergent’s agenda?” and does it intend to change the church?
Her answer: “I want to make more friends.”
What she meant, Sloan wrote at the presbymergent.org Web site, is that she sees her work as “contributing to a network of friends, of finding and connecting those seeking to be a part of reformed missional communities located in postmodern contexts.”
It’s like this: She doesn’t have the game plan.
She’s along for the journey, the conversations, the mutual searching for God. ...