Refreshment and Inspiration at UNCO

UNCO---an "unconference" for church leaders, pastors, families, and seminarians---has been on my wish list of events to attend for several years. Friends like Ryan Kemp-Pappan rave about it as a gathering at which dreams of post-Christendom church come to life, the kind of place where people working … Read more about Refreshment and Inspiration at UNCO

What to Make of Tony’s Schism?

This week I've been writing about a post-Christendom posture that seeks unity rather than uniformity. An underlying conviction is that it is possible for post-Christendom Christians to look past our theological difference and rally around our common call as agents of the gospel in the world. (I … Read more about What to Make of Tony’s Schism?

A Conference on Progressive Youth Ministry

For over a year  I have been floating the idea of a conference on progressive youth ministry, and I'm pleased to say that this idea is finally coming together. I've been working with Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt (JoPa Productions) on a conference that we'll host at Fourth Presbyterian Church in the … Read more about A Conference on Progressive Youth Ministry

Can the PC(USA) Be Reformed?

The second edition of the PC(USA) Mid Councils Commission is meeting this weekend in Dallas. Having served on the first (failed) attempt at this, I have a question I'd love to hear some Presbyterian perspectives on: Can the PC(USA) be reformed? Here's some background. Yesterday I wrote a post in … Read more about Can the PC(USA) Be Reformed?

Toward a Better Connectionalism

When asked what it is about Presbyterianism that people most value,  connectionalism always emerges as an essential element of this way of being Christian. Yet no one really seems to know what this means. Some might quote the Book of Order: "Congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), while … Read more about Toward a Better Connectionalism

Children, Youth, and a (not so) New Kind of Christianity

I spent last week in Washington, DC for a conference called Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity. Though I wasn't sure I would be able to attend until the last minute, I had been looking forward to this conference for a year or so. It promised to bring together the two theological areas … Read more about Children, Youth, and a (not so) New Kind of Christianity

Emerging Church Responses to Our Changing World

This post comes directly from the PC(USA) Mid Councils Commission report (28-29). I wrote this for the “Changing Contexts” section of the report. I am posting discrete sections of our report as a means of generating conversation, so please make comments. At the end of this post, I have suggested … Read more about Emerging Church Responses to Our Changing World

Mission: Chicago

Jerusalem. Detroit. Belfast. These are the major cities I visited during my summer travels---and there were plenty of smaller and equally important cities and towns in between. One of my takeaways from this summer of travel is a desire to know as much (and more) about Chicago as I learned about … Read more about Mission: Chicago