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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..

Virtual Cafe Story

Debra has no idea what she is doing

date OCTOBER 10
date DEBRA (New Jersey)

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let's chat. So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?I’m Debra. Currently I live in Cape May County, New Jersey – but I was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, have lived in Decorah, Iowa; Boston, Massachusetts; Brookline, Massachusetts, Newton Center, Massachusetts; Elgin, Illinois; Lake Bluff, Illinois; Mount Prospect, Illinois; and Countryside, Illinois. I’m an Episcopal priest – serving as the Vicar of a small mission and the Assistant to the Rector of a medium-sized church. Can I get you…

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Virtual Cafe Story

Sarah is seeking ways to run a church.

date OCTOBER 10
date SARAH (Hawaii)

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let's chat. So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?Sarah, from Hawaii currently living in Cali, I am a Salvation Army officer in training. Which means in a year and a half I will be a pastor in the Salvation Army, I am currently in my first year of seminary. Can I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?I will take a chai tea please, thank you very much. Would you like a…

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Reflection

Cafeteria church

date OCTOBER 10
date Andy White ( UK)

An acquaintance of mine often referred to a ‘Cafeteria’ approach to church. He considered this to be an attitude that ‘spiritual consumers’ adopt to church life, picking and choosing elements with which to engage, as if from a menu. He used the term disparagingly but, thinking about it, I wonder if there may be something to be said for a ‘cafeteria’ style of doing church. As I see it, churches run on formulas, and a presumption of these formulas is that one size fits all. But one size does not fit all. In fact, one size fits only a few.…

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