Steve Cloer offers a nuanced and appreciative reflection on the missional transformation underway at Southside Church of Christ, in Forth Worth, TX. His article appears in the latest MissioDei Journal, which has many other excellent articles. Check it out!
This video explores a common struggle in many mainline churches: how can churches address their lingering "establishment" assumptions and practices in a world in which they are increasingly displaced from cultural privilege? How can churches reenvision their relationship with their neighbors in the 21st century? Dwight Zscheile proposes a more radical approach for hospitality and mission that comes from Jesus' incarnation.
Kathleen Norris, author of "Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and A Writer's Life" speaks at St. John's University in Collegeville, followed by a panel discussion on acedia (a state of being unable to care). The panel included two monastics: Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer and S. Josue Behnen.
Recent doctoral graduate, Harvey Kwiyani, talks about his dissertation research which involved working with three multicultural congregations in the Twin Cities area.
Cheryl Goodman-Morris reminds us that the Spirit blows as she wills, and we must needs keep that in mind as live into Christian community:
What if the process of creating a fresh church could come to us in a radical, completely unorthodox new way? What if we remembered to let the Spirit find us instead of us trying to manufacture it? Ruth Stone, the poet, writes that as a girl, she would feel and hear a poem coming at her from over the landscape like a thunderous train of air, shaking the earth …