While I welcomed people with open arms, I also had a lurching gut. Because as much as I wanted to pat myself on the back and believe that they would be utterly free of disappointment, I knew that they wouldn’t. I would mess up. The church would let them down. Sooner or later, they would find out that they exchanged one set of issues for another.
“Truth is in constant transit. The difference between a liberal and a conservative, I think, is the stomach you have for the journey.”
In The Deconstructed Church, Gerardo Marti and Gladys Ganiel give us a comprehensive and revealing ethnographic study of the worldwide phenomenon known as the emerging Christian movement.
A story of Christian life is incomplete if it ignores material things. If we reorient our gaze, we can see faith through embodied practices.
Wild Goose was a weekend of fun and free spirits, as amateur musicians circled up to play, local beer flowed, Frisbees soared and people lingered around campfires. It was also punctuated by moments of intense reflection.
Peter Rollins is a prominent figure in the Emergent church movement in the United Kingdom. Schooled in philosophy, with several degrees from Queens University in Belfast, Rollins is determined to revitalize Christian practice with a peculiar blend of self-critical Christian practice and theory. He works with a group called Ikon, which engages in “anarchic experiments in transformance art” and holds “theodramatic” events in pubs and on the streets of Belfast.