Sojo Mag published an article today that you probably heard was a’comin’. You can buy it here. The article is called “Is the ‘Emerging Church’ for Whites Only?” Brilliant graphic, btw, and something that was intended to be a little funny and not too serious – so dont any of you white people take offense.
This will be a big conversation over the next week, and in some ways already has been on Tony’s blog. Julie will get some traffic also. I think the issues are very important and deep so, instead of pumping out a quick response, as I probably unwisely started to do on other blogs, I think it would be more appropriate to slow down and listen, and allow all the voices to be heard.
So . . I will post parts of the article on the blog and let you listen to hear whats going on. I will give some response, and at the end I might even defend myself a little, since I am quoted in the article as “the blogger” [and also as “one blogger”] and i hope to make myself heard also, eventually.
But first, hear from Soong-Chan Rah
Is the Emerging Church for Whites Only?
“At the turn of the millennium, I (Soong-Chan) began hearing a lot about the “emerging church.” It seemed that everywhere I turned somebody was talking about the emerging church. A clear definition of the term was elusive (see “What is the Emerging Church?” by Julie Clawson, below), but the emerging church seemed to reflect ministry and theology rising out of the generation after the baby boomers. In particular, the emerging church was Western Christianity’s attempt to navigate through the context of an emerging postmodern culture.