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Beginners Guide

Since our launch in 2003 emergingchurch.info has grown to include over 100 unique stories and reflections with more added every month - so where do you start if you're here for the first time? This then is a constantly evolving collection of recommended stories and reflections for if you're wanting to get a quick picture of what the emerging church is all about. Of course, it's impossible to summarise something as diverse as the emerging church but if you click and explore, read and discover, perhaps you'll start to get a picture of what this site is all about..

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Making new wineskins – waiting for the wine

date OCTOBER 10
date Simon Hall (UK)

How to write the history of a community concisely and truthfully?OK, here we go. Revive was the name given to a youth event started in Leeds in 1993, where I was working as a youth pastor in a large-ish suburban Baptist church. As a "goth" teenager I had been blown away by the Nine O'clock Service just down the road in Sheffield, and knew that life could never be the same. During my years as a student and trainee youthworker in Oxford I got together with friends old and new to try to do what I had seen. The resultant…

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Mind, Body and Spirit

date OCTOBER 10
date Ben Edson (UK)

Your aura is all sparkly' was the first comment that I received after I had prayed with someone at Manchester's annual Mind Body Spirit fair. This is the place where spiritual searchers come to explore spirituality. Sanctus1, an emerging church in the city centre of Manchester, decided that they should also be there to offer a Christian alternative. It is also the place of spiritual consumerism, £15 to have your aura photographed and £25 to have your tarot cards read; where the entrance fee is £7 and each exhibitor pays over £500 to be there; where toe-socks have spiritual significance…

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Thermometer theology – Learning from the First Fourteen Years of Touchstone in Bradford

date OCTOBER 10
date Geoff Reid (Bradford UK)

…a movement of faith expressing the good news of Christ through the words, deeds and lives of those who share a vision for the city. When I had a spell in hospital earlier this year I discovered that they now take your temperature by sticking a pointed electronic device in your ear. I missed the glass thermometer popped into the mouth with its transparency and its capacity to silence the most garrulous patient for a few minutes. Transparency and listening loom large in the self-understanding of Touchstone. The mercury in the old clinical thermometer, visibly reacting to its context, provides…

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