February 15: Twin Cities Emergent Cohort

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : February 7, 2007

The Twin Cities Emergent Cohort is coming up next Thursday (February 15th). This month, I’m leading the discussion. I’ll be talking about “Emerging in a Consumer Age.” Here’s the basic idea:

Christianity has been commodified—it has been boiled down and packaged for mass consumption. And though the emerging church continually offers critiques of the superficiality of the modern church with its slick “seeker-sensitive” gatherings, its polished presentation, and its marketing of the Gospel, it is difficult to avoid catering to religious consumers ourselves. After all, the cliché of the emerging church (sometimes deserved) is that we have simply re-packaged that old-time religion so that it is more palatable for a new generation of discerning consumers. Do we simply offer a savory buffet of ecclesial images and sounds—often lifted out of their liturgical and traditional contexts—to a waiting market that longs for the feeling of religious authenticity without all the nasty requirements that are usually a part of the package? Have we become pastors of pastiche, marketers of mysterium tremendum? Join the conversation as we struggle to emerge in our consumer age.

The Twin Cities Emergent Cohort meets at 12 noon on the third Thursday of each month at the Acadia Cafe. The Acadia is located at the corner of Nicollet and Franklin in south Minneapolis and offers a great selection of coffee drinks, tap beers, and lunch-ish foodstuffs. Even if you have NO IDEA what “Emergent” is, you are welcome to join us!

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2 Responses to “February 15: Twin Cities Emergent Cohort”

  1. Anna on February 8th, 2007 7:13 am

    Those are great questions to ask! I’d like to hear a short summary of the responses, if you have the time.


  2. dlw on February 8th, 2007 12:02 pm

    On a different topic, You might like Jenell’s musings on how (not) to speak of God. This is the first of a series at her blog.


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