Friday, December 09, 2005

Emergent Christian, Jewish Leaders in First-Ever Meeting

LOS ANGELES, MINNEAPOLIS -- Synagogue 3000 (S3K) and Emergent have announced a ground-breaking meeting to connect Jewish and Christian leaders who are experimenting with innovative congregations and trying to push beyond the traditional categories of "left" and "right." This will be the first conversation that brings them together to focus on the enterprise of building next-generation institutions. Leaders from across the United States will gather during the inaugural session of the S3K Leadership Network's Working Group on Emergent Sacred Communities, which takes place January 16-17, 2006, at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley, California.

Read more here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

T=Hey Tony-
Hope Italy is a blast! :)

We've been having quite the discussion on this here:
We were hoping for some clarification... Doug stopped by for a bit, but many feel a bit more would be very helpful. If you get the chance to stop by, that would rock.


7:03 AM  
Blogger soupablog said...

this is so promising. thanks for the good news!

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have not met you and I met nothing personal about YOUR faith when I said what I did. I didn't mean to come against anyone personally, but I was giving my take on how I thougt things were going.
I think that there is a vast difference between discussing something (which I endorse, both in word and deed) and a cooperation that would possibly comprimise the gospel (the social/salvific/reconciliation/etc..)
I am not saying that you don't hold Christ in the highest esteem, and I am not attacking your character or anyone elses.
What my blog, and many others were concerned about was that our way, our, truth, and our life would suffer do to a radical ecumenical move.
Tony, I love what you do and, from what I know, who you are, but I can't be silent about the idea of such a great organization as Emergent turning down the road of comprimise.
We are not all climbing the same mountain.
In love (I promise),
Mike Noakes

6:58 PM  
Blogger blairology said...


But what if the Good News of Christ is not that we must jump off of our mountain onto someone else’s…

Instead could it be that, in fact, the Way of Jesus demonstrates how we are to climb the particular mountain God has placed us each on?

10:07 PM  
Blogger jeff said...

So ultimately, the question is, Will the mobilization, organization and inevitable denomination of Emergent ultimately bring more freedom? Or will it, over time, structure itself to the point where conversations are closed to the approved-languages and company-line?

While intentions may bepristine, human nature also has something to say about it all. And human nature will eventually want to control the conversation...

I hope I'm wrong, because, as the above article about S3K indicates, there's some cool stuff happening at 'Emergent'...

5:20 AM  
Blogger Joe Kennedy said...

Tony, I know you're pretty busy and in Rome and all, but I was just wondering if you could clarify one thing for me.

By institutions, what are you guys thinking about? Do you mean working together toward social justice, or do you mean joint-congregations worshipping together?

Or what?

That would help me so much in understanding where you are coming from and what you intend to be a part of.

I know it's just one article, but it'd be wonderful to extrapolate some for us. Thanks man.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

So this really doesn't have anything to do with your post but i'd just like to say thanks for your short "12 Days With Jesus." It has been refreshing to say the least. It's funny...I read the Calming the Sea section and when you wrote to read it 2 more times I really didn't want to because I've read that passage over 10 times. But for some reason I did and the 10th time several new things hit me and it was awesome. it encouraged me in what i'm going through. So anyways...thanks for taking the time to put that together.

And good luck at the S3K meeting. I hope it goes great. Make sure to post all about it. Keep going even amongst the critics. I think God will honor that. Take care. Jon

9:45 PM  
Blogger pablo sebastian ko said...

why did you guys sell out?

6:49 AM  
Blogger pablo sebastian ko said...

the recent request for money and trying to contain the beauty and truth that you guys so vividly speak of in your books contradicts everything ... you can't pimp emergent ... it's not something to be tamed.

6:51 AM  
Blogger JGaroutte said...

Ditto Jon--I'm actually in the middle of the free copy of "12 Days w/ Jesus" given us in Nashville... I'm getting more from God out of this than any other devotional this past year--THANKS!!! Definitely gonna use this with our youth in some capacity...

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading about this all over blog-land and have been absolutely amazed at the criticism that has taken place over a "meeting announcement". Call me slow but I'm not sure what the controversy is all about in the first place-how is it wrong to brainstorm about new ways of connecting with various populations??? I was reading on other blogs about people being worried that "Emergent" was stepping into dangerous territory and asking what you were going to talk about with the Jewish Community Leaders-huh????whatever!!Bottom line is it is JUST A MEETING-a conversation that will hopefully open doors and break down barriers. Just my 2cents :~)

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um I think the problem is is that we can't see Jewish leaders who are repelled by the gospel and its offensiveness to them that he wants to do some community project with them. When the gospel is no longer a stumbling block to Jews who don't accept it, it is no longer the gospel.

11:33 AM  

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