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Inhabit Conference 2013

Inhabit: The Art of Parish Renewal April 19-20, 2013, Seattle, WA The last two years the Inhabit Conference “Sold Out!”  Hundreds of parish leaders gathered to celebrate the move toward a more embodied, participatory, and sustainable way of being the church. This incarnational awakening is calling forth important new questions about leadership:  What does leadership look […]



inhabit conference: seattle, april 29-30

There is a tectonic shift happening under the surface of the church in North America. Parishioners are returning to the parish. The greater our individual mobility extends, the greater the world’s longing and need for a faith that can be lived out collectively – where we can be present… where there is an embodied practice… […]



2010 Emergent Theological Conversation

In just a couple of days I get to join one of the most important theological conversations that Emergent Village has hosted to date.  The conversation will bring Dr. Musa Dube , Dr. Richard Twiss, and Dr. Colin Greene together to explore “Creating Liberated Spaces in a Postcolonial World.”  What does mission look after colonialism?  […]



Parish Collective

The Parish Collective is getting ready to host three gatherings of in the Pacific Northwest (VancouverBC, Seattle, Portland).  The gatherings are designed to draw communities of faith who are deeply committed to embodying the gospel in the radical particularity of their locales into conversation with each other. Paul Sparks & Tim Sorens are pulling together […]



“contemporvant worship”

Filled with irony, this self mocking look at emerging mega church worship is too funny. The video is made by the team over at North Point Media.  Check it out. Peace, dwight



ChurchRater.com on NPR

My friend, Jim Henderson, founder of Off-the-Map, co-author Jim and Casper Go to Church, and author of Evangelism Without Additives together with Tyler Mahoney started a new web service called: ChurchRater.com. On a number of occasions Jim and I have engaged one another around the wisdom of such a web-site… I think it is safe […]



Emergent @ CCT, follow-up

A couple of weeks ago I was able to spend a few hours with Christian Churches Together, which is a relatively new ecumenical network in the USA.  I have to say that I find these ecumenical gatherings quite encouraging.  For instance as an Anabaptist (it may be more precise to say that I am an […]



WWJB – Who Would Jesus Beat?

This morning The New York Times printed a short piece by R. M. Schneiderman titled, “Flock is Now a Fight Team in Some Ministries.” Here’s how the article began: “MEMPHIS — In the back room of a theater on Beale Street, John Renken, 42, a pastor, recently led a group of young men in prayer. […]



Emergent @ Christian Churches Together

This week is the fourth annual gathering of the fairly new ecumenical group, Christian Churches Together (CCT), and this year’s meeting brings them to Seattle, and are being hosted by World Vision. CCT has invited me to facilitate a couple of workshops on Emergent. From their “What We Do” tab on their site they state: […]



local Christ-commons

I am going to begin a series of highlighting churches in the Pacific Northwest – mostly in Seattle and the surrounding area, but I hope to dip down to Portland and reach up to Vancouver from time to time. I will post my first church in the series next week. Peace, dwight