Incarnation, Hope, Darkness and Waiting for Change

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For Christians, December is an expectant month. We've set our clocks back, noticed our emotions darken a bit with the abrupt change to early evening darkness and in many places, a downward trudge into increasingly cold weather. As we move into the depths of winter toward the lights of Christmas, we would like to reflect on the things that give us hope in the darkness and in this time of waiting - waiting for justice, waiting for healing. What sustains us in this period of waiting? One thing that … [Read more...]

Journeying Through the Dark Side of Emergent Christianity (Toward the Light!)

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This month on the Emerging Voices blog we want to focus on moving through darkness and into light ie: transformation. Tomorrow Teresa Pasquale is going to speak to us about healing woundedness. But today I want to talk about leadership and some of the dynamic that have generated some of the woundedness we see in the Emergent movement.Emergent leadership is being called into question and has been for sometime. In the past few years I have watched the founders of this conversation be attacked … [Read more...]

Right Sized: A Quest for Humility by Michaela Kyle

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For most of my life I hadn’t the faintest idea what humility was.  I would hear others share stories about deeply embarrassing experiences followed by a remark along the lines of “Well, I sure got my piece of humble pie…” I witnessed creative, intelligent, and beautiful human beings respond to praise by belittling the subject of admiration, whether it be their appearance, personality, or work. Over and over, I observed people out rightly disagreeing and even arguing with those who dared complime … [Read more...]

People of God Rise Up!

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It takes a high level of organizing skill to pull off mobilizations like we just saw in NYC for climate justice. It also takes training and movement building to achieve peace among 300,000 people in the streets. What I hope people realize is that the People's Climate March and Occupy are all expressions of intentional movement building toward building strategic and collective people power that has been going on for 30+ years. We activists train our butts off.Movements are not institutions so … [Read more...]

Who’s More Precious in God’s Sight? An Interview with Leroy Barber by Romal Tune

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Leroy Barber has dedicated more than 25 years to eradicating poverty, confronting homelessness, restoring local neighborhoods, healing racism, and living what Dr. King called “the beloved community.” Leroy starts projects that shape society; in 1989, burdened by the plight of Philadelphia’s homeless, he and his wife Donna founded Restoration Ministries, to serve homeless families and children living on the streets. In 1997, he joined FCS Urban Ministries, working with Atlanta Youth Project to ser … [Read more...]

The Conversation Lives – Welcome to Emerging Voices

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Welcome to the next incarnation and rebirth of what was the Emergent Village Voice and is now the Emerging Voices blogging community. As curators of this blog we have been listening deeply to the emergent conversation. We have been and will continue to be influenced by those in the margins who wish to speak to this place of crossroads, passing encounters and shared passions. We are mix of new and seasoned voices as well as friends who would identify themselves as outside of the Emergent … [Read more...]

A Voice of One’s Own by Lelanda Lee

Social media has leveled the playing field of sharing one’s thoughts. With Facebook, blogs, and pictorial sites like Instagram, anyone who has access to a computer and the Internet can broadcast what they are thinking at any time. Since library science (how to use a library) and philosophy (logic and ethics) are no longer taught in public schools, I’d like to comment on being discerning about the thoughts we read. Not everything we read is worth taking in. Not every famous or celebrity author is … [Read more...]

Gungor: The Postmodern Anthem Band

It took me a long time to write this. I thought I should try to be objective since I was supposed to be reviewing Michael Gungor's book.  And that was a book I had to think about. A lot. As it became clear that I was far from impartial, my responsibility to write about this band still loomed. Plus, along the way I decided that Gungor is the perfect anthem band for the Postmodern Church/Movement.  And yes, I confess, I also became a fan.  So here are my top ten reasons to my claim wrapped in some … [Read more...]

I Am Emergent Village

Please welcome Kimberly Roth's reflections on Emergent Village.  You can read more from Kimberly on her blog called Barefoot Bohemian.Once upon a time, I didn’t have a clue what “emergence” was, much less that I should be confused over clarifying if I meant “Emergent,” “emerging” or “emergence” (please don’t ask me to try, I’m out of migraine meds.)In the summer of 2006, I attended a Sojourners conference as a part of their young leaders program (barely made the age cut). Brian McLaren wa … [Read more...]

the view from her ~ Reflecting Pentecost …

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Please give a warm welcome to first time blogger and smart lady Pamela Chaddock.They say it was a glorious day some two thousand years ago when the Spirit of Truth, the outpoured presence of Jesus, was released upon the world for the edification of all those with ears to hear. It happened then, it’s happening now, and I celebrate the significance of Pentecost that I’m hearing. Ahead of this moment our planet witnessed a miraculous demonstration of the Father’s love with the birth of Jesus – … [Read more...]


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