Embracing Emergence Christianity

by Sharon Ely Pearson

The Right Reverend Mark Dyer, a retired Episcopal bishop has famously observed that from time to time, the only way to understand what is “currently happening to us as twenty-first-century Christians in North America is first to understand that about every five hundred years the Church feels compelled to hold a giant rummage sale.” Phyllis Tickle, founding editor of the Religion Department of Publishers Weekly, and author of “The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why,” agrees and believes that the empowered structures of institutionalized Christianity need to be shattered in order that renewal and new growth can occur.

What are the implications of the current “Great Emergence” that many believe we are experiencing today, both culturally and spiritually? What are the key questions and issues that must be addressed? Where might we be headed next? Where are you in the midst of the modern upheaval?

Now adult groups in our congregations can gather to discuss these challenges and new awakenings along with Ms. Tickle. In Embracing Emergence Christianity, Tickle examines the changing face of Christianity and culture as well as identifies the great upheavals that have occurred in Western culture and Christianity every 500 years.

Watch: Phyllis Tickle talking about the 20th Century and Emergence

This 6-session program includes a DVD with opening presentations by Phyllis Tickle and a moderated interactive discussion. Your group can then continue the conversation with more questions and reflections offered in the Participant’s Workbook. In addition to an opportunity to engage adults in talking about where they see the Church moving, it offers a chance to have a mini-course on Church history!

What do you think the church needs to throw out, re-energize, or begin anew in its rummage sale?

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