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Emerging Theology Continued

date OCTOBER 10
date Kerry Thorpe ( UK)

Reading Ian Mobsby's piece on Theology for the Emerging Church (10.05) struck a chord. It made me think back over what we've been learning here at HARVEST new Anglican church (www.harvestnac.co.uk). We've been doing emerging theology without realising it. We've grown some. We've changed some more. We've come from a Church Growth, Church Planting, Church Burn-out background. We started again with a network based, Cell structure, Anglican experiment in 1998. No building. No Parish. One of the first, we like to think! (See the little bit about us in "Mission Shaped Church".) We took seriously the "values not structures" ethos…

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I Am the Truth’ – Text, Hermeneutics and the Person of Christ – An essay by Maggi Dawn

date OCTOBER 10
date Paul Fromont (New Zealand)

Maggi Dawn, adding her voice to the mix of seven other Cambridge University deans or chaplains, has crafted a significant essay entitled - 'I Am the Truth': Text, Hermeneutics and the Person of Christ. Whilst not available on-line it can be found in the 2003 published book: Anglicanism: The Answer to Modernity (ed. Duncan Dormor, Jack McDonald and Jeremy Caddick, published by Continuum). Dawn, writing this essay on hermeneutics - one would imagine during 2002 / 2003 - hopes that as a religion 'of the book,' Christianity will maintain 'confidence in its holy Scriptures,' and that rather than taking up…

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Doughnut Churches – a stupid way to be church or a sign of growth?

date OCTOBER 10
date Simon Hall (UK)

What happens when you try to build a Christian community (“plant a church” is sooo 80s) that is made up of people who found themselves on the fringes of their former churches? Do you create a tightly-knit community of Christian refugees, who live together and show incredible solidarity in the way that many refugee communities do in this country? Or do you, by accident or design, end up with a “ring doughnut” church, where everyone finds himself or herself on the edge, and there’s no-one in the middle? And anyway, who’s to say one is better than the other? This…

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