From Tony Jones, Emergent-U.S. National Coordinator:
Well, many of us continue to be pressed to define, "What is Emergent?", and I seem to come up with a new response weekly. Doug posted this link to a short piece he did for Relevant magazine over the weekend, and I continue to point people to our four "values".
But clearly, a key piece of Emergent's agenda is to connect people, to make resources available -- and that comes in the way of books, websites, etc. But the primary connection has been and will continue to be events at which people can gather and talk, conversation being at the core of the Emergent ethos.
I get lots of emails to the effect of, "I want to get involved in Emergent, but I live in Anywhere, USA. How can I get involved?" My answer is always the same: "Get thee to the Gathering!" In just under two months, a couple hundred Emergent-types will gather at the Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico for a few days of eating, talking, and laughing. There's no agenda, no worship band, and no registration fee. There's just a bunch of people who want to share life together and talk about what it means to follow God in the way of Jesus. There's more info on the website now, so check it out and get there if you can!
Another part of the Emergent agenda is to be a theologically robust, even adventurous, movement. One of the ways that we do this is to convene a conversation with a leading theologian every year. This year is an extraordinary opportunity, as we're meeting with Miroslav Volf, February 6-8. Professor Volf has written some mind-bendingly good theology, and his Exclusion and Embrace is one of the most highly acclaimed theological works in recent memory. We're overjoyed to have some partner organizations on this event: the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Zondervan Publishing House, and Abingdon Publishers/Cokesbury Bookstores.
This event looks to fill up quickly, so please be aware of a few items: we're going to keep this event to 100 participants because we really want it to stay somewhat "conversational." (For that reason, we ask that any organization limit itself to a maximum of five attendees.) Registration will go live sometime on the day of September 6, so check back then. The cost is only $95, but $45 is a non-refundable deposit (in other words, please only sign up if you're sure about going). If we happen to get over 100 registrations, a wait list will be established.
So there you have it. Lots going on, not to mention plans for a possible "embracing church" event in Chicago in May or June, and many plans afoot for the Big Emergent 2007 Event in San Francisco. Thanks for your continued support of Emergent!
Some new updates to the events pages:
The Gathering - All the information for the Gathering at Glorieta is online. Click here for more information.
- 2006 Theological Conversation - Although registration is not yet open all the other information has been released for the Theological Conversation with Miroslav Volf. Click here for more information.