Submergent is afoot…

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : July 10, 2008

Recently, a handful of folks across the US and Canada gathered together to take some time to discern what the Spirit is doing with the recent re-emergence of Anabaptist thought. One could call it an Anabaptist revival, but so many of the people across the world that are coming to seemingly Anabaptist convictions aren’t influenced by the Radical Reformation. Indeed, there are Anglicans and Catholics and Pentecostals and Evangelicals, etc. embracing the classical emphases of Anabaptism (and adding their own helpful twists).

We, who are calling ourselves “Submergent” spent the 4th and 5th of July exploring what God may be doing with this re-emergence of Anabaptist thought.

So, after a few days gathered in Philadelphia, we’ve got some schemes…but for the most part, we recognized that many in this movement are already connecting. And so we’ve come up with some ways to foster what is already happening, rather than trying to make something new happen. We’ll share more about that later.

But lately, there has been some healthy attention drawn to this growing movement…

Jason Evans has a great synopsis about what makes Submergent tick. Check out his thoughts here.

In his post, Jason quotes a recent statement by Greg Boyd. You can read that in its entirety here.

Tom Sine, noted futurist, likewise sees a resurgence of Anabaptistic thought and action (read about that here).

And finally, for those of you interested in reading a VERY long overview of our discussion on the 4th and 5th of July in Philadelphia…where met to discern how to foster this growing movement of nonviolent “kingdom radicals,” check out Eliacin’s recap.

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Mark Van Steenwyk is the editor of He is a Mennonite pastor (Missio Dei in Minneapolis), writer, speaker, and grassroots educator. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife (Amy), son (Jonas) and some of their friends.

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