Monday, November 29, 2010

December 14th - at Busboys and Poets

Hi gang, The new emerging christianity meet-up group is meeting the same time as we would normally meet in December AND Brian McLaren is their guest speaker. Jason and I thought it would be good to join 'em this time and engage with some folks who are not in our immediate circle.

Details are:

Where: Busboys and Poets on U street
When: December 14, 2010 - 6:30pm
Who: all ya'all!
URL: An Emerging Christianity Conversation in DC

Hope to see you there!


Sara and Jason

Monday, November 08, 2010

November 9, 2010 - Recap EVTC

We will gather tomorrow at the Front Page Restaurant in Dupont Circle (right across from the metro entrance nearest the Krispy Kreme) at 7:30pm. Amy Moffitt will lead us in a recap of the EV Theological Conversation that took place in Atlanta last week. Should be an interesting discussion!

Please zip me a note to let me know if you are planning on coming so I can get make a reservation and have enough seats.

Also, the DC cohort welcomes the Northern VA cohort into our little group and we praise God for the connection that has been made. We hope you will join us in the journey often (if not monthly!)

Join us! Tuesday November 9, 2010 at 7:30pm @ the Front Page.


Sara and Jason

Monday, October 11, 2010

DC Cohort gathering October 12, 2010

Hi - - We will gather together tomorrow at the Front Page Restaurant at the Dupont Circle metro at 7:30pm October 12, 2010.

The topic: What are the next possible steps for Emergent Village? Come and be a part of the discussion that will look at where we have been and where we might go.

Please let em know if you are planning on being there so I can get a large enought table.

Thanks! See you tomorrow.

Peace and grace, Sara and Jason

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cohort Cancelled for Sept 21

Sorry for the short notice, but we need to cancel the cohort gathering tonight. Neither Jason or I can get there, BUT if YOU get there and want to share a pint - the more the merrier!

We'll regroup next month. Watch this space.

Peace and grace on an absolutely beautiful fall day.

God is Good!

Sara and Jason.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

September 21, 2010 - Pete Rollins review

Hope everyone has had a good summer! We will meet the THIRD Tuesday this month on September 21, 2010 at the Front Page at DuPont Circle.

Topic: a debrief on the class Pete Rollins taught at Wesley this summer on emerging theology and postmodern philosophy. Jason will lead us in the discussion. Several others from the cohort were also there so feel free to interject your gleanings as well.

Also coming up this month is Big Tent Christianity in Raleigh, NC. If you haven't signed up yet I think there is still room. This is taking place Sept 8 -9, 2010. Go here for more info. We might have some time to update on this event too in September.

Sooo... hope to see you at the Page on Sept 21 at 7:30pm. The Front Page is located on the redline at DuPont Circle.

Please let me know if you plan on coming.

Peace and grace,

Sara and Jason

Monday, July 12, 2010

DC Cohort to Meet Tuesday July 13th

Sorry for the really late notice - - but we WILL be gathering tomorrow at the Front Page at 7:30pm. We have no plans - just come and enjoy each others company (and we can celebrate Kates big news!)

See you Tomorrow at the Page. The Front Page is located across the street from the metro entrance. All are Welcome! Please send me a note if you think you'll be able to come so I can get a big enough table.

Peace and grace,

Sara And Jason

Monday, May 24, 2010

June 8, 2010 DC Cohort Gathering

Hope you all are enjoying these warmer temps and beautiful early summer days. The DC cohort will gather June 8, 2010 at the Front Page. The topic: "What's the future for the Emerging Church??" Bring your thoughts, questions and ponderings.

The Front Page Restuarant (across the street from the Dupont Circle Metro and Krispy Kream)


Please let me know if you'll be coming by Monday June 7.


Sara and Jason

Thursday, May 06, 2010

DC Cohort Gathering May 11 at the Page - transFORM take away

Hey! For our next gathering we will debrief on the Transform event that took place at Wesley Theological Seminary last weekend. It was a really great event from the worship to the speakers to the workshops and the fellowship. From what I've heard the time together was really appriciated by those who were there (all 300 of them!)

The Question is: What was your main take away from the event?? We are interested in hearing from all of you that were there and hope those of you who could not be there will also join us to bask in the collective wisdom of the group.

If you think you will be able to make it, please let me know so I can make the reservation.

Also, for those of you who were not able to be there the plenary sessions and some of the worship is available to view via ustream from

Hope to see you at the Front Page on May 11th at 7:30pm

peace and grace,

Sara and Jason

Monday, April 12, 2010

April 2010 DC Cohort Gathering

Greetings all! We have decided to NOT meet this month since Wesley Seminary is hosting the transFORM East Coast GAthering later this month - and several of our members are on the planning team.

Do join us April 30 - May 2 for the conference. It's shaping up to be a wonderful event. info, schedules and all that good stuff can be found at

Hope to see you at the end of the month!!

peace and grace,

Sara and Jason

Monday, March 08, 2010

March 9, 2010 Cohort Gathering at the Page!

Hey folks - sorry this is late! We will be meeting tomorrow night at the Front Page at 7:30pm - same topics as last time... open mic.

We have some exciting things coming up right here in DC!

April 30 - May 2 East Coast Emerging Gathering and the launch of transFORM. This event will take place at Wesley Theological Seminary. The event is free - housing available at the Sleep Inn Shady Grove. The deadline is past to get the group rate, but they may still have rooms, so give them a call. They are outside of DC proper, but have a shuttle to the subway train that will bring you down to Tenley town and then you can either hop on the AU shuttle which will bring you next door, or we may be running shuttles. Info available here and updated regularly.

May 3 - Social Media Bootcamp with Doug Pagitt. This event will be held at Wesley seminary as well. to register please go to Registration is limited to 50. Cost is $95 and includes lunch. Bring your laptop and learn all you need to know about using social media to promote your church or intentionall community activities.

July 26 - 29 Theology in an Emerging Culture: God, Atheism, and the Church A summer term course at Wesley taught by Peter Rollins. You may audit the course (or take it for credit if you are working on a masters or Dmin program). Folks wanting to audit should download the summer registration form and send it with the registration fee as instructed. Registration opens March 22 for the summer term. Summer course and registration info here.

Hope to see you at the page on Tuesday night! If you have any questions about the above information contact Sara Sheppard. 202-885-8688

Peace and Grace!

Sara and Jason

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Cohort Cancelled Feb 9

Due to the weather we are canceling the cohort tonight. Stay safe everyone and be thankful we only receive record snow every ten or so years!

We will reconvene on March 9, 2010 surely the roads will be clear by then! :)

peace and grace,

Sara and Jason

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Feb 9, 2010 Open Forum

Greetings Folks! We will gather Tuesday February 9, 2010 at 7:30pm the Front Page for an Open Forum. Bring anything that's on your minds, new iphone apps, etc to share.

There are upcoming events locally that we want to make you aware of.

East Coast Gathering April 30- May 2, 2010 at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC info and RSVP available at This is a FREE event , but we ask that you RSVP so we have an idea of how many are coming. Plenary speakers include Brian McLaren, Pete Rollins, Kathy Escobar and Anthony Smith.


Pete Rollins will teach a summer term course at Wesley Theological Seminary July 26 - 29, 2010. The course is entitled, " Theology in an Emerging Culture: God, Atheism and the Church". Registration will begin after March 22. More info to follow.

Hope to see you at the Page on Tuesday! Please drop me a note at to let me know you are coming.

Peace and grace,

Sara and Jason

Friday, January 08, 2010

New Year! New Topic! Join us Tuesday January 12th

Happy New Year everyone! We are very happy to host Keelan Downton as he discusses Open Source Theology on Tuesday January 12th at 7:30pm at the Front Page. When I asked him, "What's that?" he replied;

As a metaphor, 'open source' has more to offer the practice of Christian faith than 'blogs for all' and company in the dimly-lit corners where coffeeshops hide the one public outlet. In a presentation last fall, I argued that approaching theological reflection as a collective process may be the best way to encourage engagement with ancient tradition but that it only works when tradition is understood to include significant room for experimentation. I'd like to have a conversation that playfully explores four challenges that arise when we press that metaphor further:
  • a decompiler/hermeneutic challenge: do we have the tools to read the 'source' correctly and how could we verify that we have?
  • a coordination/coherence challenge: how can diverse people be organized in a way that values the contributions of each person and also makes progress on a shared project?
  • an assessment challange: how can we differentiate alpha theologies/practices from beta theologies/practices from theologies/practices that are mature enough to be 'release candidates'?
  • a responsiveness challange: when feedback for faith formation is imprecise and slow, how can communities be responsive to those the theology affects 'in real time'?

Come and engage the four challanges that Keelan is presenting. Who knows we may be on to something!!

The Front Page is located at Dupont Circle right across from the metro stop. We gather at 7:30pm and are usually winding up around 9:30pm. Join us for conversation andfellowship. Dinner is on your own.

Please let me know if you are planning on attending so I can make a proper reservation.

Peace and grace,

Sara and Jason