Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Brian McLaren, Pete Rollins and Phyllis Tickle Panel for November

Thanks to Nadia at Illif for setting up a terrific panel for us in November. We will meet Sunday November 19th - during the AAR meetings - to engage Brian McLaren, Pete Rollins and Phyllis Tickle. Keelan Downton has agreed to be the host for this DC Cohort event.

We will meet at the Capitol City Brewing Company from 7pm - 9pm (1100 New York Avenue, NW, WDC 202-628-2222) at 11th and H street. They are one block north of Metro Center.

Brian McLaren is author of many titles on the emerging movement and one of the co-founders of Emergent Village. He is also the founding pastor for Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, MD. Brian is currently traveling the world speaking on many emerging topics. For his schedule, go to

Pete Rollins is the founder and co-ordinator of Ikon (a community which describes itself as iconic, apocalyptic, heretical, emerging and failing) as well as being a writer and freelance lecturer in Philosophy. Check out his blog at

Phyllis Tickle, for many years Contributing Editor in Religion to Publishers Weekly, the international journal of the book industry, is frequently quoted in sources like USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, NY Times, PBS, NPR, The Hallmark Channel, etc., Tickle is an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer on the subject. For additional information and to view her recent publications go to

We are looking forward to this event and hope to see you all there. Let me know if there are questions. Blessings,


Monday, October 16, 2006

Tonight October 16th

Greetings - We are meeting tonight, however our speaker has the flu, so we'll engage her another time. BUT! Still come. We have dessert and coffee and good conversation happen' here. See you at 7pm at Wesley. Call me with questions 202-885-8688.


Friday, October 13, 2006

Diana Butler Bass at "Our House" Monday Oct 16th

Greetings, We are excited to host Diana Butler Bass as our guest for the next DC Emerging Cohort. We will meet this month at "our house", Wesley Theological Seminary. Dinner is available in the dining hall for $7.50 and is served between 5:30 and 6:30. We will provide coffee, soda, water and dessert during the discussion time. The seminary is located at 4500 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC. For directions click here. We will gather at 6:30 in Elderdice Hall (follow the signs) and begin the discussion at 7pm with a wrap up by 9pm.

Diana Butler Bass is joining us to discuss her new book that was published this month, Christianity For the Rest of Us. We will have few copies on hand ( read 2) if you want to purchase one and have her sign it. You may also want to go to your local book-monger and purchase it to bring with you. I also have 2 copies of one of her other books, The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church. Let me know if you have any questions.

An Inconvience Truth: If you haven't had a chance to see this movie you have a chance back here at WTS Tuesday night Oct 17th for a FREE screening. Contact Eleanor Gease at 202-885-8611 with questions.

See you Monday! Blessings,


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

An evening with Dr. Don Dayton

It was great to spend the evening with renowned church historian Dr. Don Dayton. In a casual dinner conversation Dr. Dayton shared stories of his numerous experiences in religious institutions that range from the most conservative to the most liberal. He told of how he often shocks both conservative and liberal institutions with information about their own history that they have forgotten.

We spent some time discussing the "great reversal". A time in American church history where religious institutions that are now considered to be the most socialy conservative were at the forefront of social change (abolitionism, women's suffrage, etc.). If you are interested in hearing this story in some detail I highly reckoned Dr. Dayton's influential book, Discovering an Evangelical Heritage.

I am excited also for our next meeting, mark your calendars for the evening of October the 16th when author and theologian, Diana Butler-Bass will be with us to talk about her book, Christianity For The Rest of Us. Details forthcoming.

Grace and peace,