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Thursday, May 04, 2006

1-800-call the junior warden, please

One of the topics of Phyllis Tickle's addresses with us was Emergent Christianity.
(Really, I have lots of notes and I plan some longer, indepth posts about all of this. )

One of the hallmarks of some emergent churches, she pointed out, was that they are not always tied to a piece of real estate, and she gave us some examples of churches that simply gather in a park or wherever the leadership sends an email instructing the congregation to meet at the appointed time. As she pointed out, there are advantages and disadvantages to being connected to a piece of real estate.

Which I was certainly thinking about when I opened to the door to the vesting sacristy yesterday, having not been on there since Sunday, and discovered that somehow water had gotten in and soaked part of the carpet, leaving both a stain and a smell.

Yep, this would be the disadvantages of the real estate.

3 Comments:

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Songbird said...

I hear you, sister!
Leaks and mice and decaying porch steps...

 
At 12:43 PM, Blogger Joe said...

I've been talking about this with friends lately...about how the Church has become a place...a spectator activity...rather than a movement.

I love my old, historic, transcendant church building...butI can't help but think that sometimes, it mostly acts as a distraction to the mission of the Body.

 
At 5:15 AM, Blogger mibi52 said...

...and the heat that doesn't heat the church in February, and the a/c that doesn't cool the church in late July. Our church, being way too full of lawyers and retired military folk who own way too many power tools, has a buildings and grounds committee. In theory, there's a team to cover every contingency. In reality, everyone says stuff like "That's assigned to team number x (x being any number but my own team)." Thusly, things like a memorial plaque that should have been mounted on the wall almost a year ago is still resting against said wall.

Way too many cycles of energy expanded on things that don't feed the soul...

On the other hand, having a place of one's own (a church home) rather than the Emergent "anywhere you call church is it" model sometimes feels like a good anchor, rather than an albatross.

 

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