Process Theology: Not (Quite) Convinced

Danielle Shroyer leads the Emergent Village council, and was present at the Emergent Village Theological Conversation last week. She went with an open mind toward process theology, and she left as a fan, if not a convert:

On the plane ride home, I mentioned on Twitter that my conclusion for now is that I’m a process thinker but not a process theologian. Here’s what I mean. After the first day and a half of the conference, I was trying to sort out what it was that wasn’t sticking for me. If I agree with the content, for the most part, what seems out of place? I think it’s the fact that process began as a philosophy, not a theology. And you can tell the difference. That’s not meant to be a judgmental statement; it’s meant to be a clarifying one. Because a whole host of questions arise when I consider process theology. We seemed to bat around a number of them, with no real conclusion, such as Christology and eschatology. (Granted, it’s a lot to cover in a few hours.)  Mostly, my inner nerd theologian was dogged by questions about how they could prove this or that by the narrative of Scripture or the tradition of the Church or where and how, exactly, process flows out of the history of Christian thought. Honestly, I felt that much of what was spoken as process theology could not be discerned as much more than a hunch or a hope, or maybe both.

READ THE REST: Process Thought and Process Theology | Danielle Shroyer.

Google Wave as Group Sermon Preparation Tool

In case you haven’t heard, Google Wave is the latest innovation by the company upon which many of us rely for most of our day.  It’s meant to combine email, social networking, file sharing, wiki/nings, and instant messaging.  It’s still in “preview” stage — not even beta — and you can’t get on it without an invitation (which you can get if you find someone on Twitter giving them away).

I figured that a church would soon use Wave as an application for their life together, and, sure enough, I heard that Journey in Dallas used it last week.  So I interviewed two members of their collaborative sermon group — which they call “Teaching Team” — Danielle Shroyer (whose wonderful book you should give yourself for Christmas) and Dale Carter.

How have you been working on the sermons collectively at Journey to this point?

Danielle: Well we’ve always collaborated on Sunday night planning. In the beginning, it was Scott, Mueller, Mitchell and I who met at Starbucks. Over the years, it has become more and more open; that is, anyone in the community can come and be a part of Teaching Team, not just people in a leadership role. Usually we meet on Wednesday nights at Journey.

Dale: Teaching team really helps us in keeping our focus “community led” meaning we want people to feel they have input as opposed to one person leading a “sermon.” You could almost look at it as a group of people plan the sermon (and other elements) and whoever is speaking that night is just the presenter of the ideas of the community.

And what led you to experiment with Wave?

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