Off The Map is back again with its always provocative/entertaining/ challenging line-up – “Born Again Church.” Jim Henderson gets an interesting and very diverse group of people together and lets them interact with one another and the audience.
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My friend Jim Henderson together with the collaborative team at Off-the-Map are gearing up for a national conversation happening in Seattle, in early November. This year’s theme is Hear·Listen·Connect.Presenters include Diana Butler Bass, Brian McLaren, Richard Twiss, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, and Todd Hunter and many others, I’ll even get to facilitate a workshop.
My working title for my workshop is:
Orthoparadoxy: embracing the gifts of sin, heresy, and ‘the other’
At-One-Ment: re-imagining ‘a good Christian’
I offered a brief outline of what I mean by “orthoparadoxy” in the new book, Emergent Manifesto of Hope. But I want this workshop to be a practical exploration of how embracing “otherness” is in fact what faithfully walking in the way of Christ is like. We will look at a bit of the theology that undergirds this gracious, Christ-like way of being but mostly we will stretch our connective imaginations for embodying an Orthoparadox way of being.
For those of you who have been redirected to my personal site from Hear·Listen·Connect I thought I’d offer a bit of biographical info:
I teach practical theology at Mars Hill Graduate School and for more than 11 pastored an emerging simple church on Seattle’s eastside. I am active in interfaith and ecumenical conversation; currently serving on the “Faith & Order Commission” of the National Council of Churches. I am active locally, nationally and internationally with missional and emerging church movements. My wife Lynette and our son Pascal live in Bellevue, Washington.
I hope to see you at this conversation.
Off-the-Map (Jim Henderson & crew) are hosting Hear·Listen·Connect in Seattle Nov. 1-3, 2007. Among others the conversation partners include: Diana Butler Bass, Brian McLaren, Richard Twiss, Ruth Padilla DeBorst, and Todd Hunter.
What would happen if we practiced dialog instead of debate?
What if we defended relational space as passionately as we protect our beliefs?
At Hear·Listen·Connect it’s OK to be honest, share your own questions/concerns and have genuine relationship with people who are different than you.
Here are some questions we will explore together at Hear·Listen·Connect:
Where’s the line between acceptance and endorsement and does that even matter?
Is it possible to have an agenda-free relationship and if so, is that OK?
How do you have conversations with people whose viewpoints disturb you?
What do you do when “they” move into your cultural space or you enter theirs?
Lot’s of great people are involved, and I am strongly encouraging the people in my faith community participate in the event.
I will be leading a workshop, and engaging in a discussion of seminary education with reps from Bakke and GFU.