I don’t have enough time this holy week to cogitate extensively on Michael Kruse’s good post, but I wanted to commend it to you for your meditation. Here is how his post starts:
Disconnect: Mainliners and Evangelicals in “Emergent” Conversation
I have been around the emergent conversation for about eight years now. My contact in the first few years was mostly isolated to an emergent group (Jacob’s Well) meeting in our church building. Over the last four years I have read more widely, attended an Emergent YM conference, hung out at Glorieta, NM, and involved myself in a variety of websites and blogs.
From the beginning, it has struck me that the emergent conversation was an evangelical and ex-evangelical phenomenon. Most of what I have experienced and read over the years confirms that perception, at least for the USA conversation. In more recent years, the conversation has
begun to spread beyond evangelical circles. Folks from mainline denominations have been entering the discussion. While attending the Emergent Convention in Nashville last year, I was in a group with about 300 randomly chosen people when we were asked how many of us were from
mainline denominations. Full two-thirds of the people raised their hands.
I hope to think about this when my head gets out of holy week…
…meanwhile, be sure to check out the discussion at emergesque about some other different ways people are approaching the emergent movement. Very interesting.