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Future of Church ill-south 2014

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Future of Church ill-south 2014

  1. 1. Imagine the Impact Visioning Our Future
  2. 2. www.progressiverenewal.org
  3. 3. MESA-Friends.org
  4. 4. We believe in Jesus and the good news of the reign, commonwealth, or ecosystem of God, and we seek for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven by focusing on love - love for God and neighbor, for outsider and enemy. We seek to know, serve, and join the poor in the struggle for justice and freedom...through advocacy, relationships, and action. We seek to honor, interpret, and apply the Bible in fresh and healing ways, aware of the damaging ways the Bible has been used in the past. We seek to reconnect with the earth, understand the harm human beings are doing to it, and discover more responsible, regenerative ways of life in it. We seek the common good, locally and globally, through churches of many diverse forms, contexts, and traditions, and we imagine fresh ways for churches to form Christlike people and join God in the healing of the world.
  5. 5. We build inclusive partnerships across gaps between the powerful and vulnerable - including disparities based on wealth, gender, race and ethnic identity, education, religion, sexuality, age, politics, and physical ability. We engage conflict at all levels of human society with the creative and nonviolent wisdom of peacemaking. We propose new ways of encountering the other in today’s pluralistic world and we collaborate with other religious and secular groups in alliances for the common good. We host safe space for constructive theological conversation, seeking to root our practice in theological reflection and seeking to express our reflection in practical action. We value the arts for their unique role in nurturing, challenging, and transforming our humanity. We emphasize spiritual and relational practices to strengthen our inner life with God and our relationships with one another.
  6. 6. Apocalypse
  7. 7. Points of Distortion… Theology Gospel Jesus Spirit God Salvation
  8. 8. Points of Distortion… Theology Ecclesiology
  9. 9. Form Theology Evangelical Flexible Rigid Mainline Rigid Flexible
  10. 10. Points of Distortion… Theology Ecclesiology Participation-ology
  11. 11. Illinois South Conference, UCC
  12. 12. Reversing Our Thinking
  13. 13. The future is already here - it is just unevenly distributed. - William Gibson
  14. 14. Entrepregelical
  15. 15. Community Concern: Health and Weight Idea: Partnership with YMCA; Offer gym access to community for free, Community sports leagues Community Concern: Addiction, Mental Illness and Stress Idea: Counseling Services, Support Groups, Running Club Community Concern: Financial Health and Retirement Idea: Open a Financial Counseling Service for the Community on Main Street (Financial advice, career counseling, job training, support groups) Community Concern: The New Jim Crow Idea: Sponsor conversations on race throughout the city; Create an advocacy office to address issues of oppression, poverty and subjugation of all kinds Community Concern: Marriage and Family Idea: Partner with the Deaconess Foundation, Lecture Seminars, Small Groups, Devotional Material, Couple’s Counseling
  16. 16. Entrepregelical
  17. 17. Convergent: Darkwood Brew
  18. 18. Multi-site
  19. 19. www.progressiverenewal.org

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