Planning ahead

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : May 4, 2006

Mission:Think, the collaborative effort between me and Jeff, has some new projects already in the works.  We are really interested in fostering discussions that will foster faithfulness within the church.  Here are some potential projects ahead:

  • Some discussion is already begining on having a sort of consultation in about 6 months to process and discuss practical ways of following through with the conference.  Nothing is nailed down, but here are some initial thoughts:
    • We’d try to make it free or very cheap.  We’d keep in the Twin Cities and try to get those who attended the conference to come be a part of the consultation.  However, we’d also want to make it accesible for those who didn’t attend the conference.
    • I like the idea of having Rodney Clapp come be a part of it.  His talk on Green Martyrdom would be a great way of organizing the consultation.  Todd has a good summary of his talk here.
    • We’d probably have it hosted a local church…anyone willing to host it?
  • In Spring 2007 we’re thinking of having a consultation on "remonking the church." Many who came to the conference wanted to hear more on ecclesiology.  Since several of the folks there have some sort of neomonasic approach, we may try to gather neomonastic folk from all over to discuss ways of embodying our faith in our contemporary American context. 
  • MacLaurin has already expressed some interest in co-sponsoring in the future.  We’ll probably do that in 2008. Our tentative topic is: Christianity in a Media Culture.  The goal will be to look at how television and internet and other new media have changed our way of living in this world, especially the way in which we "do" religion–as well as talking about how Christianity speaks into our increasingly small, yet diffuse, world.

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4 Responses to “Planning ahead”

  1. Jan on May 4th, 2006 5:19 pm

    Keep me in the loop…

    Who knows I may know of somewhere to have a meeting in Spring 2007!

  2. Van S on May 4th, 2006 6:19 pm

    I most certainly will keep you in the loop! I hope that you’ll have lots to contribute to the remonking the church conference if we decide to go in that direction! I’ve asked Kevin Rains if he’d be open to hosting it at Vineyard Central…he is pretty open, but we’ll see how things unfold.

  3. Jan on May 5th, 2006 12:42 pm

    That would be great! I am up for a roadtrip!

  4. blorge on May 5th, 2006 1:00 pm

    What if it were called “renuning” the church? It could have an added dimention of social justice.

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