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The underbelly of cutting-edge church

date OCTOBER 10
date Sally Morgenthaler (USA)

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?Hi. I'm Sally Morgenthaler, newcomer to the café. Good to know this second-living room space exists at the click of a mouse! A bit about me. I am founder of Sacramentis.com, a site for re-imagining worship in emerging culture. I've written and collaborated on several books about emerging worship and ministry. I also write about emerging worship for PreachingPlus.com, Rev Magazine, and Worship Leader Magazine, and consult with churches…

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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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