by Will Samson
As some of you aware, this past weekend there was an event called PAPAFest. Emergent Village was delighted to be a sponsor of this event, and I was equally delighted to be there as both a part of Emergent and a New Monastic community. Also representing Emergent Village were Ryan and Holly Sharp, who had just come from the EV organizing group meeting in Minnesota. There were also so many friends of Emergent there, including Darin Petersen and Shane Claiborne.
Thanks to all who support Emergent Village in a way that allows us to support others in the work of the kingdom. Although PAPAFest didn't require much financial support - like EV events most of the work was done by volunteers - the little bit we could provide helped make PAPAFest happen. It would be great for us to think about continued ways to collaborate with the PAPA people.
This festival was an amazing thing. There were so many different kinds of people represented there. We talk about Emergent Village as "a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders seeking to love our world in the Spirit of Jesus Christ." That attitude was definitely evident at PAPAFest. There were people from all stages of life, from different parts of the Church, all trying to figure out how to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I would love to see continued cross-pollination between these two conversations. We all have so much to learn from each other.