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The Scriptures are full of
unlikely pregnancies ...
Unlikely Pregnancies of the Bible:
Gomer
Sarah
Ruth/Naomi
Hannah
Elizabeth
Mary
TOO CYNICAL!
TOO
OLD?! TOOYOUNG?!
NOTREADY?
SELF DOUBT
UNLIKELY!
UNPREPARED?ASHAMED?
FAILED BEFORE!
Unlikely Pregnancies of the Bible:
Gomer
Sarah
Ruth/Naomi
Hannah
Elizabeth
Mary
NOTHING
IS IMPOSSIBLEW
ITH
GOD!
COULD CHRISTIANITY BE
PREGNANT?
signs of pregnancy
- flexibility (2 kinds)
- creativity
- realism
- restlessness
- dreaming
- anticipation
- discomfort
JOY!
JOY!
PANIC!
JOY!
PANIC!
ANXIETY!
JOY!
PANIC!
ANXIETY!
MAJOR
ADJUSTMENTS!
JOY!
PANIC!
ANXIETY!
MAJOR
ADJUSTMENTS!
SELF DOUBT
WONDER
INSECURITY
RESPONSIBILITY
EXCITEMENT!
the narrative of decline
... whom do we blame?
“It is customary to blame secular science
and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse
of religion in modern society. It would be
more honest to blame religion for its own
defeats. Religion declined not because it was
refuted, but because it became irrelevant,
dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is
completely replaced by creed, worship by
discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of
today is ignored because of the splendor of
the past; when faith becomes an heirloom
rather than a living fountain; when religion
speaks only in the name of authority rather
than with the voice of compassion--its
message becomes meaningless.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search
of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
the narrative of decline
... whom do we blame?
N
EW
N
AM
ES
N
EW
IDEN
TITY
N
EW
N
ARRATIVE
the narrative of decline
the narrative of pregnancy
“There is something afoot
in the universe, something
that looks like gestation and
birth.”
- Pierre Tielhard de Chardin
the narrative of pregnancy
Christ born in you.
Christ born in us.
Christ born in today’s world.
It’s time to stop naming
ourselves by the narrative of
decline.
It’s time to accept for
ourselves and announce to
the world ...
Good News!
We are Pregnant!
JOY!
PANIC!
ANXIETY!
MAJOR
ADJUSTMENTS!
SELF DOUBT
WONDER
INSECURITY
RESPONSIBILITY
EXCITEMENT!
“I am the Lord’s servant.
Let it be to me
according to your word.”
Good News!
Christianity is Pregnant!
Pregnancy as a Christian
future.
Three possible futures:
Continuing contraction
Conservative resurgence
Pregnancy
Three possible futures:
Continuing contraction
- Shrinking numbers
- Wrinkling members
- Low retention
- Low evangelization
- Constrained leadership
- Secure finances
Three possible futures:
Conservative resurgence
- Immigration fears
- Western domination
- Terrorism fears/revenge
- Playing to bases
- New alliances (global,
ecumenical)
Three possible futures:
Conservative resurgence
- Immigration fears
- Western domination
- Terrorism fears/revenge
- Playing to bases
- New alliances (global,
ecumenical)
The greatest threat to world peace is radical Islam... Only the United States, and more
specifically, only the conservative, evangelical Christians of America are who stand
between radical Islam and their quest for global domination.
If the world is to be saved from Muslim conquest, it will be America who does it. And
if America is to be saved, only conservatism can do it. And if conservatism is to be
saved, it will be those Bible-believing patriots who do it–those conservative,
evangelical Christians who are the bedrock of the American way of life.
Why? Because only Christianity has the intellectual and spiritual horsepower to defeat
radical Islam and prevent the world from returning to the darkness of the 7th century.
After all, the story of the birth and growth of Western Civilization is pretty much the
story of the birth and growth of Christianity. The divide between East and West today,
fundamentally, is the divide between Islam and Christianity. Christians and Muslims
know this, it’s the secularists who don’t get it–or at least won’t admit it. -
Why Al Queda Supports the Emerging Church
- #1 Religious Talk Show Host
NRB Award Winner
Three possible futures:
Pregnancy
- Theological & liturgical
renaissance
- Missional reorientation
- Post-national, post-partisan
identity/ethos
- Spiritual-social movement
(Peace, planet, poverty)
- New alliances (global,
ecumenical)
Which future(s) should you prepare for?
Which future seems most likely?
Which future(s) should you prepare for?
Which future seems most likely?
DO NOT CONSPIRE INYOUR
OWN DIMINISHMENT!
(PARKER PALMER)
Which future(s) should you prepare for?
Which future seems most likely?
Which future should you help create?
DO NOT CONSPIRE INYOUR
OWN DIMINISHMENT!
(PARKER PALMER)
Three possible futures:
Pregnancy
- Theological reformation
- Missional reorientation
- Post-national, post-partisan
identity/ethos
- Spiritual-social movement
(Peace, planet, poverty)
- New alliances (global,
ecumenical)
Pregnancy takes
two ...
Two Parents ...
Catholic/Orthodox and Protestant
Mainline and Evangelical
Critical and Experiential
Contemplative and Activist
Institution and Movement
Rooted and Innovative
Majority and Minority
Convergent and Distinct
Pregnancy
Two Parents ...
Catholic/Orthodox and Protestant
Mainline and Evangelical
Critical and Experiential
Contemplative and Activist
Institution and Movement
Rooted and Innovative
Majority and Minority
Convergent and Distinct
Pregnancy
Two Parents ...
Catholic/Orthodox and Protestant
Mainline and Evangelical
Critical and Experiential
Contemplative and Activist
Institution and Movement
Rooted and Innovative
Majority and Minority
Convergent and Distinct
Pregnancy
Methodists alone can’t solve Methodist
problems.
Presbyterians alone can’t solve
Presbyterian problems.
Baptists alone can’t solve Baptist
problems.
Our solutions won’t fit in our sectarian
silos.
Pregnancy
Intersection
Intersection:
Church
Intersection:
Church World
Intersection
Church World
Convergence
Missional Mainliners Progressive
Catholics
Progressive
& Post-
Evangelicals
Socially engaged
peace & ethnic
churches
Convergence
Missional Mainliners Progressive
Catholics
Progressive
& Post-
Evangelicals
Socially engaged
peace & ethnic
churches
Convergence
Progressive
Catholics
Socially engaged
peace & ethnic
churches
Progressive
& Post-
Evangelicals
Missional Mainliners
Pregnancy takes
two ...
Pregnancy
converts you.
“Making the decision to have a child - it is
momentous. It is to decide forever to have
your heart go walking around outside your
body. ”
― Elizabeth Stone
Pregnancy converts you.
“Making the decision to have a child - it is
momentous. It is to decide forever to have
your heart go walking around outside your
body. ”
― Elizabeth Stone
Pregnancy converts you.
Pregnancy costs you.
“Making the decision to have a child - it is
momentous. It is to decide forever to have
your heart go walking around outside your
body. ”
― Elizabeth Stone
Pregnancy converts you.
Pregnancy costs you.
Pregnancy changes you.
Many Christians, pastors, denominational
leaders, and congregations would rather
not be converted, pay the cost, or undergo
the changes of pregnancy.
Pregnancy converts you.
Many Christians, pastors, denominational
leaders, and congregations would rather
not be converted, pay the cost, or undergo
the changes of pregnancy.
Pregnancy converts you.
That’s OK. Just
don’t let them hold you hostage!
Pregnancy converts you.Pregnancy converts you.
Pregnancy takes
two ...
Pregnancy
converts you.
Pregnancy
typically involves
romance.
If Christianity’s
future is
pregnancy ...
it will require a
romance
between a
movement and
institutions.
we need a theology of
institutions, movements.
and Communities
Communities
Families, individuals, and
organizations linked to a
common environment,
collaborating for the
common good.
Institutions:
Organizations which
conserve the gains made by
past social movements to
serve their community.
Social Movements
Organizations which make
proposals or demands to
current institutions to make
progress towards new gains
for their community.
Both movements and
institutions...
Organize for their purpose
Need one another
Are frustrated with one
another
Benefit - or harm -
communities
Without movements ...
Institutions stagnate ...
Without institutions ...
Movements evaporate ...
Movements may ...
- successfully inject their
values into the institutions
they challenge.
- create their own institutions.
- be co-opted.
- be defeated.
From Greg Leffel
Faith Seeking Action: Mission
and Social Movements
Leffel’s 6 Characteristics of Vibrant Social
Movements
1. Opportunity Structure (Context
Awareness)
Current restraining realities ...
in tension with ...
emerging opportunities.
Opportunities:
- Problems needing to be solved
- Elites who hold power, resist change or
promote negative change
- Fissures, Problems among elites that
make the status quo vulnerable
- Values of the movement in conflict with
values of elites
- Potential advocates and allies in
academic, civil society, arts, church,
government, business, science, etc.
2. Rhetorical Framing/Conceptual Architecture
What is our message?
How do we redefine current reality?
Desired reality?
What are our proposals or demands?
3. Protest (messaging) strategy
Raising awareness, attracting growing
numbers of participants...
Campaigns, tactics, deployments, making
demands, public relations, sustaining
conflict, forcing a crisis, managing internal
tensions, managing stigmatization,
showing results, maintaining momentum,
not overreacting, defining acceptable
level of disruption
4. Mobilization Structures & Strategies
- Authority and Decision-Making Structures
- Transparency/Confidentiality,
Communication Plans
- Leadership development, Relational
Development, Conflict Management Plans
- Coalition development
- Resource, Technology, Finance
Mobilization and Management
- Evangelism, recruitment, induction
- Renewal and Increase of commitment
5. Movement culture
- Emotional vibe (fun, serious, angry,
playful, heady, gutsy, etc.)
- Feel of spaces, physical and digital
- Songs, slogans
- Virtues, values, moral ethos
- Dress, Graphics,
- Nicknames, terminology
- Emotion, motivation, motion
6. Participant Biography
How does involvement benefit - or harm -
participants? How does the movement promote
emotional and social sustainability ... avoiding
burnout, squabbles, etc.
How does it contribute to personal formation:
- character
- attitudes
- knowledge
- recovery from trauma
- relationships
- renewal
What do participants gain from being involved?
1. Opportunity Structure
2. Rhetorical framing
3. Protest (messaging) strategy
4. Mobilization strategy
5. Movement culture
6. Participant Biography
Jesus launches the Kingdom of God
movement ...
Jesus seizes the opportunity
structure provided by
conflicted elites (Pharisees/
Sadducees; Herodians/
Zealots) and struggling
masses (Galilee/Judea)
He provides rhetorical framing on
hillsides, in houses, on retreats, in
public teach-ins, in debates, through
parables, through rituals and
practices. He repeats key themes -
commonwealth of God, life to the
full, life of the ages, liberation -
rooted in dynamic tension with
tradition.
His protest (messaging) strategy
includes public demonstrations
(healings & miracles), teach-ins
(sermon on mount), civil
disobedience (turning tables), guerilla
theatre (exorcisms), festivals
(feasts & feedings), naming evil
(woes), naming heroes (blessings).
He develops a mobilization
strategy based on 3, 12, 70, and
multitudes. He entrusts freely
with responsibility and
expresses high confidence in his
agents (greater things shall you
do ...)
He associates his
movement culture with
love, joy, justice, risk,
hope, healing, creativity,
courage, service,
willingness to suffer,
nonviolence.
He provides his disciples
challenge, rest, retreat,
encouragement, recovery after
failures. They testify that
their participant biographies
have been forever changed for
the better.
If Christianity’s
future is
pregnancy ...
it will require a
romance
between a
movement and
institutions.
Pregnancy takes
two ...
Pregnancy
converts you.
Pregnancy
typically involves
romance.
The romance
leads to a
proposal.
Critical conversations become
movements when they make
proposals.
What are our proposals?
Here are 8 ...
1. We call upon just and
generous Christian communities
who have embraced conversion/
pregnancy to identify
themselves, and where no such
communities exist, we call upon
people to start creative new
ones.
2. We call upon Christian
leaders and parents to begin
afresh with children, youth, and
college-aged adults - and
reenvision Christianity
primarily as a youth movement
with support by elders.
3. We call upon Christian
communities, movements, and
institutions to recruit different
leaders and train them
differently (and without debt -
or cost, if possible).
4. We call upon Christian
communities, institutions, and
movements to convene people in
the new old-fashioned way:
through stories and saints -
rather than doctrinal
statements/beliefs/polity.
5. We call upon Christian
congregations to sing, pray, and
preach differently.
6. We call upon Christian
individuals, communities, and
institutions to mobilize new
alignments of Christians for
creative public engagement on
the critical issues of today and
tomorrow.
7. We call upon Christians to
collaborate creatively with our
colleagues from other traditions
to address the global challenges
we face together - protecting the
planet, eliminating poverty, and
making peace.
8. We call upon Christian
administrators to sequester the
funds from all excess real estate
and invest these funds in an
endowment to create sustainable
fresh expressions of Christian
community and mission.
Pregnancy takes
two ...
Pregnancy
converts you.
Pregnancy
typically involves
romance.
The romance
leads to a
proposal.
Pregnancy as a Christian
future.

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New Zealand: Christianity is Pregnant

  • 1.
  • 2. The Scriptures are full of unlikely pregnancies ...
  • 3. Unlikely Pregnancies of the Bible: Gomer Sarah Ruth/Naomi Hannah Elizabeth Mary
  • 4. TOO CYNICAL! TOO OLD?! TOOYOUNG?! NOTREADY? SELF DOUBT UNLIKELY! UNPREPARED?ASHAMED? FAILED BEFORE!
  • 5. Unlikely Pregnancies of the Bible: Gomer Sarah Ruth/Naomi Hannah Elizabeth Mary NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLEW ITH GOD!
  • 7. signs of pregnancy - flexibility (2 kinds) - creativity - realism - restlessness - dreaming - anticipation - discomfort
  • 13.
  • 14. the narrative of decline ... whom do we blame?
  • 15. “It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid. When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion--its message becomes meaningless.” ― Abraham Joshua Heschel, God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
  • 16. the narrative of decline ... whom do we blame? N EW N AM ES N EW IDEN TITY N EW N ARRATIVE
  • 17. the narrative of decline the narrative of pregnancy
  • 18. “There is something afoot in the universe, something that looks like gestation and birth.” - Pierre Tielhard de Chardin
  • 19. the narrative of pregnancy Christ born in you. Christ born in us. Christ born in today’s world.
  • 20. It’s time to stop naming ourselves by the narrative of decline. It’s time to accept for ourselves and announce to the world ...
  • 21. Good News! We are Pregnant!
  • 22.
  • 24. “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be to me according to your word.”
  • 26.
  • 27. Pregnancy as a Christian future.
  • 28. Three possible futures: Continuing contraction Conservative resurgence Pregnancy
  • 29. Three possible futures: Continuing contraction - Shrinking numbers - Wrinkling members - Low retention - Low evangelization - Constrained leadership - Secure finances
  • 30.
  • 31. Three possible futures: Conservative resurgence - Immigration fears - Western domination - Terrorism fears/revenge - Playing to bases - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  • 32. Three possible futures: Conservative resurgence - Immigration fears - Western domination - Terrorism fears/revenge - Playing to bases - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  • 33. The greatest threat to world peace is radical Islam... Only the United States, and more specifically, only the conservative, evangelical Christians of America are who stand between radical Islam and their quest for global domination. If the world is to be saved from Muslim conquest, it will be America who does it. And if America is to be saved, only conservatism can do it. And if conservatism is to be saved, it will be those Bible-believing patriots who do it–those conservative, evangelical Christians who are the bedrock of the American way of life. Why? Because only Christianity has the intellectual and spiritual horsepower to defeat radical Islam and prevent the world from returning to the darkness of the 7th century. After all, the story of the birth and growth of Western Civilization is pretty much the story of the birth and growth of Christianity. The divide between East and West today, fundamentally, is the divide between Islam and Christianity. Christians and Muslims know this, it’s the secularists who don’t get it–or at least won’t admit it. - Why Al Queda Supports the Emerging Church - #1 Religious Talk Show Host NRB Award Winner
  • 34. Three possible futures: Pregnancy - Theological & liturgical renaissance - Missional reorientation - Post-national, post-partisan identity/ethos - Spiritual-social movement (Peace, planet, poverty) - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  • 35.
  • 36. Which future(s) should you prepare for? Which future seems most likely?
  • 37. Which future(s) should you prepare for? Which future seems most likely? DO NOT CONSPIRE INYOUR OWN DIMINISHMENT! (PARKER PALMER)
  • 38. Which future(s) should you prepare for? Which future seems most likely? Which future should you help create? DO NOT CONSPIRE INYOUR OWN DIMINISHMENT! (PARKER PALMER)
  • 39. Three possible futures: Pregnancy - Theological reformation - Missional reorientation - Post-national, post-partisan identity/ethos - Spiritual-social movement (Peace, planet, poverty) - New alliances (global, ecumenical)
  • 41. Two Parents ... Catholic/Orthodox and Protestant Mainline and Evangelical Critical and Experiential Contemplative and Activist Institution and Movement Rooted and Innovative Majority and Minority Convergent and Distinct Pregnancy
  • 42. Two Parents ... Catholic/Orthodox and Protestant Mainline and Evangelical Critical and Experiential Contemplative and Activist Institution and Movement Rooted and Innovative Majority and Minority Convergent and Distinct Pregnancy
  • 43. Two Parents ... Catholic/Orthodox and Protestant Mainline and Evangelical Critical and Experiential Contemplative and Activist Institution and Movement Rooted and Innovative Majority and Minority Convergent and Distinct Pregnancy
  • 44. Methodists alone can’t solve Methodist problems. Presbyterians alone can’t solve Presbyterian problems. Baptists alone can’t solve Baptist problems. Our solutions won’t fit in our sectarian silos. Pregnancy
  • 49. Convergence Missional Mainliners Progressive Catholics Progressive & Post- Evangelicals Socially engaged peace & ethnic churches
  • 50. Convergence Missional Mainliners Progressive Catholics Progressive & Post- Evangelicals Socially engaged peace & ethnic churches
  • 51. Convergence Progressive Catholics Socially engaged peace & ethnic churches Progressive & Post- Evangelicals Missional Mainliners
  • 54. “Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” ― Elizabeth Stone Pregnancy converts you.
  • 55. “Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” ― Elizabeth Stone Pregnancy converts you. Pregnancy costs you.
  • 56. “Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” ― Elizabeth Stone Pregnancy converts you. Pregnancy costs you. Pregnancy changes you.
  • 57. Many Christians, pastors, denominational leaders, and congregations would rather not be converted, pay the cost, or undergo the changes of pregnancy. Pregnancy converts you.
  • 58. Many Christians, pastors, denominational leaders, and congregations would rather not be converted, pay the cost, or undergo the changes of pregnancy. Pregnancy converts you. That’s OK. Just don’t let them hold you hostage!
  • 63. If Christianity’s future is pregnancy ... it will require a romance between a movement and institutions.
  • 64. we need a theology of institutions, movements. and Communities
  • 65. Communities Families, individuals, and organizations linked to a common environment, collaborating for the common good.
  • 66. Institutions: Organizations which conserve the gains made by past social movements to serve their community.
  • 67. Social Movements Organizations which make proposals or demands to current institutions to make progress towards new gains for their community.
  • 68. Both movements and institutions... Organize for their purpose Need one another Are frustrated with one another Benefit - or harm - communities
  • 69. Without movements ... Institutions stagnate ... Without institutions ... Movements evaporate ...
  • 70. Movements may ... - successfully inject their values into the institutions they challenge. - create their own institutions. - be co-opted. - be defeated.
  • 71. From Greg Leffel Faith Seeking Action: Mission and Social Movements
  • 72. Leffel’s 6 Characteristics of Vibrant Social Movements
  • 73. 1. Opportunity Structure (Context Awareness) Current restraining realities ... in tension with ... emerging opportunities.
  • 74. Opportunities: - Problems needing to be solved - Elites who hold power, resist change or promote negative change - Fissures, Problems among elites that make the status quo vulnerable - Values of the movement in conflict with values of elites - Potential advocates and allies in academic, civil society, arts, church, government, business, science, etc.
  • 75. 2. Rhetorical Framing/Conceptual Architecture What is our message? How do we redefine current reality? Desired reality? What are our proposals or demands?
  • 76. 3. Protest (messaging) strategy Raising awareness, attracting growing numbers of participants... Campaigns, tactics, deployments, making demands, public relations, sustaining conflict, forcing a crisis, managing internal tensions, managing stigmatization, showing results, maintaining momentum, not overreacting, defining acceptable level of disruption
  • 77. 4. Mobilization Structures & Strategies - Authority and Decision-Making Structures - Transparency/Confidentiality, Communication Plans - Leadership development, Relational Development, Conflict Management Plans - Coalition development - Resource, Technology, Finance Mobilization and Management - Evangelism, recruitment, induction - Renewal and Increase of commitment
  • 78. 5. Movement culture - Emotional vibe (fun, serious, angry, playful, heady, gutsy, etc.) - Feel of spaces, physical and digital - Songs, slogans - Virtues, values, moral ethos - Dress, Graphics, - Nicknames, terminology - Emotion, motivation, motion
  • 79. 6. Participant Biography How does involvement benefit - or harm - participants? How does the movement promote emotional and social sustainability ... avoiding burnout, squabbles, etc. How does it contribute to personal formation: - character - attitudes - knowledge - recovery from trauma - relationships - renewal What do participants gain from being involved?
  • 80. 1. Opportunity Structure 2. Rhetorical framing 3. Protest (messaging) strategy 4. Mobilization strategy 5. Movement culture 6. Participant Biography
  • 81. Jesus launches the Kingdom of God movement ...
  • 82. Jesus seizes the opportunity structure provided by conflicted elites (Pharisees/ Sadducees; Herodians/ Zealots) and struggling masses (Galilee/Judea)
  • 83. He provides rhetorical framing on hillsides, in houses, on retreats, in public teach-ins, in debates, through parables, through rituals and practices. He repeats key themes - commonwealth of God, life to the full, life of the ages, liberation - rooted in dynamic tension with tradition.
  • 84. His protest (messaging) strategy includes public demonstrations (healings & miracles), teach-ins (sermon on mount), civil disobedience (turning tables), guerilla theatre (exorcisms), festivals (feasts & feedings), naming evil (woes), naming heroes (blessings).
  • 85. He develops a mobilization strategy based on 3, 12, 70, and multitudes. He entrusts freely with responsibility and expresses high confidence in his agents (greater things shall you do ...)
  • 86. He associates his movement culture with love, joy, justice, risk, hope, healing, creativity, courage, service, willingness to suffer, nonviolence.
  • 87. He provides his disciples challenge, rest, retreat, encouragement, recovery after failures. They testify that their participant biographies have been forever changed for the better.
  • 88. If Christianity’s future is pregnancy ... it will require a romance between a movement and institutions.
  • 89.
  • 90.
  • 94. The romance leads to a proposal.
  • 95. Critical conversations become movements when they make proposals. What are our proposals? Here are 8 ...
  • 96. 1. We call upon just and generous Christian communities who have embraced conversion/ pregnancy to identify themselves, and where no such communities exist, we call upon people to start creative new ones.
  • 97. 2. We call upon Christian leaders and parents to begin afresh with children, youth, and college-aged adults - and reenvision Christianity primarily as a youth movement with support by elders.
  • 98. 3. We call upon Christian communities, movements, and institutions to recruit different leaders and train them differently (and without debt - or cost, if possible).
  • 99. 4. We call upon Christian communities, institutions, and movements to convene people in the new old-fashioned way: through stories and saints - rather than doctrinal statements/beliefs/polity.
  • 100. 5. We call upon Christian congregations to sing, pray, and preach differently.
  • 101. 6. We call upon Christian individuals, communities, and institutions to mobilize new alignments of Christians for creative public engagement on the critical issues of today and tomorrow.
  • 102. 7. We call upon Christians to collaborate creatively with our colleagues from other traditions to address the global challenges we face together - protecting the planet, eliminating poverty, and making peace.
  • 103. 8. We call upon Christian administrators to sequester the funds from all excess real estate and invest these funds in an endowment to create sustainable fresh expressions of Christian community and mission.
  • 104.
  • 108. The romance leads to a proposal.
  • 109. Pregnancy as a Christian future.