Since the Emergent Village Podcast is no more, some people have asked me for the audio from the 2009 Emergent Village Theological Conversation with Jürgen Moltmann. I’ve uploaded all of the episodes to Dropbox, where you can listen or download them for free.
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.
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In his initial post, Andrew Jones draws a line between the ECM and café churches in Asia:
This is part of a series based on chapters four and five of my new book, The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement, in which I look at the ecclesiology of German theologian Jürgen Moltmann and put it into conversation with the ecclesial practices of the emerging church movement (ECM). Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four
“Friend” as Christological Office
One aspect of Moltmann’s early ecclesiology deserves special mention, both because it is a noteworthy break between Moltmann and other dominant christologies, and because it has special resonance with a key motif in the emerging church movement. In Church in the Power of the Spirit, Moltmann reflects on the three traditional offices of Christ: prophet, priest, and king. To those, Moltmann adds the office of “transfigured Christ” to emphasize the aesthetic dimension of the resurrection. That is, in the Transfiguration, we are given a vision of the resurrected Christ and of our eschatological resurrection that transcends the traditional, rational categories of prophet, priest, and king.
And then Moltmann adds a fifth office: “But the fellowship which Jesus brings men, and the fellowship of people with one another to which he calls, would be described in one-sided terms if another ‘title’ were not added, a title to describe the inner relationship between the divine and the human fellowship: the name of friend.” For Moltmann, the term “friend” signifies a relationship that is voluntary and personal, based on loyalty, not obligation, and so complements the traditional Christological titles. “Friendship unites affection with respect.” He particularly likes that friendship is entered into freely: “friendship is a human relationship which springs from freedom, exists in mutual freedom and preserves that freedom.”