- Episcopal Village launches in USA. It raises the question "What if the church took the responsibility of raising young emergingchurches or new fresh expression ministries in their neighborhood, diocese, and nation? "
- Becky Garrison just published an essay on alternative church movements in Yale's Reflections. Its called "A Mixed Economy of Church in a Post-Christian Marketplace" and I wish I could upload the article here but you will have to buy the paper version. If you are reading the quote from me and wondering where on my blog that wonderful eloquent quote is located, well, sorry but its in the 2004 archives but Google was ignoring it this morning. Maybe someone else has the link?
The Antioch Gathering last week was one of the most important mission/church event of 2009. It was probably also the least blogged and least photographed church event this year.
Anyway, the innovative Christian leaders conference last week was held in Turkey which, although the birthplace of Christian missions, is now quite a sensitive spot to discuss these issues and thus the lack of publicity. A few bloggers were there, like Guy Muse andMarc Van der Woude but the blogger with the skinny on Antioch is actually Mercy Simpson at While We Slept. Who else was blogging???
The significant but understated Antioch Gathering involved 72 [now there's a biblical number] church and mission leaders praying and talking for a week in Seleucia, near Antioch. My good friend Wolfgang Simson, who gave much of the inspiration to this event, just sent me some collected thoughts on the meeting and has given me permission to post the report here on my blog. Which I am doing right now. Happy reading.
Was I there? Well, you would think so because I was planning on it and talking about it for a long time. And because I spent a good amount of time at Wolfgang's house in Germany, discussing this meeting in Turkey and his Starfish Manifesto, which he officially released during the week. But, alas, as it worked out, I could not swing it due to lack of finances, my family on the road, and my passport getting processed for UK visa. But hey - a mission gathering of 73 Christian leaders would not have had the same music as a number like . . . 72.
Enjoy the read. I would be happy to host a conversation on some of the issues if anyone was interested. Let me know.
- Yahoo just pulled the plug on Geocities which was the host for my first blog "Andrew's Tea Salon" back in 1997. We had no computer, no software, no money and no idea how to make a website but Geocities solved all that for us. Thanks Geocities. We will miss you.
Douglas Estes releases his book SimChurch which deals with virtual communities and cyberchurch. Douglas came over to London for our Cyberchurch Symposium earlier in the year. Its a good book and a helpful addition to the literature, of which there isn't a whole lot. A blog tour is connected to the book. Start with Cynthia.
If I had any questions about the book, it would be about the history of the virtual (internet based) church which Douglas points to as starting in 1985. Thats an interesting date because I have been saying the Emerging Church movement also started in 1985 with some fresh models of church that informed and inspired many of us. Douglas - what community or project were you thinking of when you said that? I have just sent you an email and will post your response below when you reply.
Tina Roth Eisenberg of Swiss Miss was sitting in front of me at The Feast. She is a web design guru with a huge following among designers and geeks. It was really nice to meet her but I have to say that her blog is sooooooo much better looking than mine which now appears SCRUFFY and very . . . non-Swiss. Maybe its time for a redesign?
I asked her if she used Helvetica as her favourite font which was a redundant question. Of course she does. On her blog is a link to a arial vs. helvetica test. YEAH HELVETICA!
Would you agree with me that her design appeals more to men [and geeky men like Johannes who is sitting next to me) than women?
"You measure change, not by behaviors altered in the first generation, but by what the next generation takes as a given."
This was my most re-twittered twitter for the day. The sentence was given to me, not by a presenter, but by participant Brad Sargent (futuristguy) who is actually paraphrasing Helen Haste. I edited it further into Twitter length. Nice to hang with you, Brad!
Rod Arnold and Becky Straw of Charity Water are talking at The Feast. Its only 3 years old but they have already acheived amazing things, thanks to participation by an ARMY of talented companies and individuals. Check out the same video we just saw here at YouTube.
Values: Community ownership, financial viability, cultural contextual, comprehensive sanitation, women participation.
Avoiding a lot of big time foundations, Charity Water raised $11million from 60,000 donors. 100% goes to the field and they raise money for their own expenses. They are "restoring faith in charity work." Donors can view all the projects on Google earth.
Social media has been helpful. They are the first charity to surpass one million Twitter followers. Impressive!