Mike, posting at “Rude Armchair Theology” has a reaction to the Virginia Diocesan Convention’s workshop on Emergent Church. His point is that there just isn’t a “quick start guide” or an “Emergent Church for Idiots” available online…
“So my first recommendation for any clergy (or others) seeking more understanding of the emerging church movement/conversation/whatever: please don’t expect to find it on the other end of these links. Unless, that is, your next move after doing this research is to actually reach out to somebody (or bodies) in the movement and establish some kind of relationship with them. It could be in person (invite somebody to your church, or visit theirs, or invite them out for coffee or a pint), online (read a blog and comment, or send an email, or make some Facebook friends), but the first thing you need to know about the ’emerging church’ is that it’s nothing more or less than a web of relationships. There is no unifying organizational structure, no unity of doctrine or practice or affiliation that binds this movement together. The thing that does unite us is relationships – friendships. I unhesitatingly guarantee that you will not begin to understand the emerging church unless you enter into that network of relationships, at least a little bit.”
Having said that, he then goes on to list a number of useful sites for people trying to get their heads wrapped around the movement.
Read the rest and get the linkage here.