Emerging Church


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Emerging Church

  1. 1. Emergent Church
  2. 2. “ The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air.” - Galadriel
  3. 3. “ The world for which we have been carefully prepared has been taken away by the grace of God.” - Walter Brueggemann
  4. 4. colonialization mechanistic worldview over-rationalization objective reality universal truth cultural hierarchies neat boxes institutionalization ultimate viewpoint lucidity Modernity exclusiveness disambiguation
  5. 5. “ We must begin all over again with a new inner orientation…” – Karl Barth
  6. 6. <ul><li>P o s t m o d e r n i t y </li></ul>
  7. 7. “ There is nothing outside of text.” – Jacques Derrida <ul><li>everything is “text” </li></ul><ul><li>everything needs to be interpreted </li></ul><ul><li>realities are brought forth in language </li></ul><ul><li>interpret the world through language </li></ul><ul><li>world is a text requiring interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is nothing outside of context.” – Jacques Derrida </li></ul><ul><li>Imposition of one interpretation as the interpretation is imperial and colonial </li></ul><ul><li>Narratives carry the meanings of language </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ incredulity toward metanarratives” – Francois Lyotard <ul><li>suspicion of grand narratives </li></ul><ul><li>question underlying assumptions </li></ul><ul><li>mentanarratives mask particularity, claim universality </li></ul><ul><li>acknowledgement of the tyranny of dominant perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>“ decentering Europe” – Cornell West </li></ul><ul><li>decentering androcentrism & anthropocentrism </li></ul><ul><li>appreciation for context </li></ul><ul><li>attention to micronarratives  actual stories  particularity </li></ul>
  9. 9. “ power is knowledge” – Michael Foucault <ul><li>what counts as knowledge is constituted within networks of power </li></ul><ul><li>power produces the accepted “knowledge” </li></ul><ul><li>“ truth” is a function of power </li></ul><ul><li>one perspective claims to be objective or universal </li></ul><ul><li>some knowledge is marginalized because of oppression </li></ul><ul><li>importance of Trinity UCC and Cathedral of Hope </li></ul><ul><li>they speak other truths with power </li></ul><ul><li>there are other knowleges and truths to be learned </li></ul><ul><li>“ insurrection of subjugated knowledges” – Michael Foucault </li></ul>
  10. 11. Bible is a member of the community Bible offers perspectives to the community Bible is a library of perspectives Bible is a postmodern book Bible can be reclaimed Bible is propaganda Biblical propaganda has a point and a purpose Bible is not objective Bible is trying to convince and persuade people Bible + Spirit + community = “Word” Hermeneutic of Humility Hermeneutic of Community Hermeneutic of Suspicion
  11. 12. Tony Jones Dan Kimball Doug Pagitt Brian McLaren dankimball.typepad.com dougpagitt.com brianmclaren.net tonyj.net Emergent Church 1997-2001
  12. 14. Karen Ward Heather Kirk-Davidoff Anthony Bradley Claude Nikondeha amahoro-africa.org postmodernegro.com submerge.typepad.com kcchurch.typepad.com Emergent Church 2001-2008
  13. 17. Common values and themes in Emergent Worship 1 participatory 2 organic 3 sacredness/spiritual 4 multisensory 5 freedom of movement 6 multiple focal points 7 diversity of liturgies and spiritual disciplines 8 emphasis on prayer 9 centrality of Communion 10 centrality of Jesus/Kin-dom
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