September 01, 2011
Emerging Christianity by Rev. Robyn Michalove
Whatever may be true about the overly-used and highly-nuanced term “postmodernity,” there is no doubt - that that in some way or another - we have all experienced a paradigm shift in our culture and, in particular, in our churches. Whether the impetus of its arrival is overcompensation for rational modernity, or the advent of technological advances, or the September 11 attack, and/or a combination of all of the above, times have changed.
From the way we get information (instant technology) to who has access to information (no longer accessible to experts only), to the way that information is processed (pluralistic tensions and paradoxes), a new day has arrived. Where we work (virtually, globally) and our social interactions through new mediums (chat rooms and Facebook) cause us to reconfigure life in the 21st century world.
What does this mean for our Christian faith and how we express in the local church? Is it simply moving in couches and beaming up PowerPoint and twittering our prayers? How do we hold on to the holy when ‘life as we knew it’ feels threatened and unstable? What do ancient Christian practices like spiritual disciplines and social compassion to the least show us about contemporary discipleship? How can understanding Jesus in his 1st century context help us navigate our times? How does engaging in authentic Christian community as the body of Christ encourage us to live into all that God calls us to be?
Join the hopeful conversation with fellow pilgrims as we explore the four cornerstones of our emerging faith at the upcoming conference on September 30-October 1.
Posted September 01, 2011