The Steve Jobs of Religion

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Each week, it seems there is some new article that gets repeatedly shared in my Facebook feed.  This week, it was this Op Ed piece in the NY Times by Eric Weiner.  In it, he describes himself as one of the “Nones” – those with no religious affiliation, neither a “True Believer” nor an “Angry Atheist”.  His piece closes with the plea, “We need a Steve Jobs of religion. Someone (or ones) who can invent not a new religion but, rather, a new way of being religious.”That last bit created a flurry … [Read more...]

My Mormon Baptism

I am not a Mormon, but my neighbors are. They invited me as a guest to the baptism of their son. I reflect on the experience during my weekly radio show this week. There are a number of insights from that experience that may be meaningful to us all. … [Read more...]

If the Last Supper was a Seder, then did Jesus celebrate Hannukah?

Joseph Edelheit, is a Reform Rabbi—retired from Temple Israel, Minneapolis in 2001—and now Director and Professor of Religious and Jewish Studies at St Cloud State University. His D Min is in Christian Theology from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. He is a founding Director of Living India an NGO doing HIV/AIDS work in rural India. He has been called, Solomon Porch’s Rabbi where he teaches and does dialogue sermons with Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones.This semester in my semi … [Read more...]

Wonder and Tragedy: Thoughts Inspired by “The Tree of Life”

At the heart of the nature of things, there are always the dream of youth and the harvest of tragedy.  The Adventure of the Universe starts with the dream and reaps tragic beauty.  This is the union of Zest with Peace: - That the suffering attains its end in a Harmony of Harmonies.  The immediate experience of this Final Fact, with its union of Youth and Tragedy, is the sense of peace.  In this way the World receives its persuasion toward s such perfections as are possible for its diverse ind … [Read more...]

Why an Emergent Village Blog on Patheos.com

Part 1 & 2 of my conversation with Deborah Arca of Patheos on what they do and why the Emergent Village Blog fits.Recorded on Doug Pagitt Radio this past Sunday.  (Sorry Deborah about the mis-spelling of your name on the video) … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Emergent Village Voice

Welcome to the Emergent Village Voice.This blog is an experiment.We are seeking to include as many voices as are willing to join together and tell stories, create ideas, and generate friendships that will compel us to the future. There are more than 50 people who will be adding their voices to this conversation. Some will write, some will post audio, some will post video.You will hear from Christians and Jews; denominationalists and free-range spiritualists; conservatives and … [Read more...]

Growing Cafe Churches Singapore Style

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"Why are people so upset at the emerging church?", Tim Wong asked me last night over a mango juice at a Balinese party.We didn't have time to plummet the jelloed depths of EC criticism, although I do enjoy the subject. But we did discuss cafe churches and how they have evolved from cheesy church-basement services in the 80's [GUILTY AS CHARGED] to state-of-the-art, Über-Funky couch-clad temples of Java and Bible that they have now become. Even here in Asia. Particularly in Asia, where cafe … [Read more...]


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