In my recent web browsing of things emergent. I came across some posts that suggest that my post emergent perspective is not a fluke.
Jaimie Smith of Generous Orthodoxy ThinkTank: Emergent Reflections Post-Divergent points out several distinctions he recently experienced at an emergent event in Geneva between the US EC and the expression of emergence in Europe and the U.K . Things I have been saying is what makes the EC conversation in the US so limited and uninviting to people of color.
- This is not an “academic” conversation.
- There are hints of post-emergence afoot.
- There are surprising elements of anti-intellectualism in the conversation
Jamie Arpin-Ricci is posting about being a An Emerging & Affirming Critic From Within
However, the critics we could perhaps learn the most from are those within this emerging community itself. The value of affirming critics from within cannot be overstated, as who better knows the dynamics, intentions and convictions better than those who share them. This should never exclude the other critiques from without, but if we can embrace the necessary humility and patience, we have a wealth of wisdom that could help us move towards maturity. That is where I hope my future lies on this journey- to be an affirming critic from within the emerging culture. I have been deeply moved and encouraged by all that I have discovered on the way.
I don’t know that I have Jaimie’s patience but I appreciate his humility and I’m glad he is bold enough to be a critic from within. Since I have never felt I was in I guess I will remain an affirming critic from without.
Jason Clark has a post Love/Hate the emerging church from 2004
Well here in no order, and remember from my experience, in small corner of the emerging church are the things I have learned most, and enjoyed most about the emerging church, and some experiences that make me despair the most about emerging church too.
He really sums up my ambivalence toward the current state of of the EC.
Interestingly all of them have lived and/or experienced the emerging church outside the US. I think it is important that those of us who have roots outside white middle class America tend to see this emergent/emerging church thing a bit differently than the current dominant group. The question that continually arises for me is simple. Is there room in the EC tent for those whose perspective is even a bit divergent from the status quo or has the "conversation" devolved into defense of anti-church, radical liberalism as some critics suggest.
I wish I knew the answer to that but I don’t think post emergence is a fluke! So here is my post emergent must list. It seems to me that;
- We need to be more than rescuers of the Bible and Jesus from modernist theology.
- We need to be more than critics of the fundamentalist evangelical spiritual practice that has distorted much Jesus message.
- We need to be more than purveyors of some new anti prophetic, anti charismatic, anti-church, politically liberal, new expression of the Christian faith.
- We need to be more than spiritual option for people who don’t like church, have been hurt by the church or think the church is unnecessary
- We need to be revolutionary in more than just our thinking and theology.
- We need to have more than just a visual affinity with the poor and underprivileged.
- We need to move beyond warm and fuzzy gatherings where we can all feel good about ourselves, to risking self to be impactful in world so we can see the kingdom of God we hold high begin to be revealed in our world
This is just a start what can you add?