Divergent was the Emergent Conversation held in Geneva this week. Official title was “Priests, Prophets and Theologians: Divergent views on the future of the Church (PDF) Podcasts and other media are on their way.
We met in John Calvins church during the day and stayed in a large house in France at night. 3 days of talking which became a little wearing on me – but it may have been worse for those who had to listen to me and the others on the panels.
Brian McLaren did extremely well. What a guy! Gracious and balanced and thoughtful as usual. Jason Clark also distinuished himself. Peter Rollins from Belfast was the wild card and brought a fresh flavor to the conversation. I also got to meet David Fleming and Paul Holley.
I moderated the panel on the ethics discussion and also found myself on the missional-language panel, as well as the wrapup panel – where i shared that the conversation we had was necessary but a little too intellectual. Maybe I am partly to blame for that. As I said in that final panel, if we demand that everyone know all these philosophers, history and must go through Seminary to participate in this conversation, then we are in need of Reformation ourselves.
Speaking of reformation, we had an inspiring reformation tour through Geneva – pictures and stories to come when i get home.
Joshua Case from Shema in Geneva did a great job in organising this event. Much thanks.