What is Emergent in the UK?

Just getting round to mulling over the discussion day outcomes we had in June. I think as I work through the stuff we discussed I'll blog it here, starting with the question who and what is Emergent UK?

Affirmations

  • Emerging Church is much bigger than Emergent, and broader, and we would not assume to speak on behalf of the Emerging Church.
  • We consider ourselves very involved in aspects of Emerging Church, whilst having our own distinctives, flavor and focus.
  • We recognise and value that people are connecting to Emergent in multiple ways, outside this web site, organised events and conversations. No-one owns or controls Emergent in the UK. We do not presume to speak on behalf of, or in totality for everyone that feels part of Emergent in the UK.

Focus

  • We are a clearinghouse for conversations about church.
  • We provide safe spaces/places for those conversations.
  • We have these conversations in order to ask questions, to bond over common questions, and live out of a place of questioning.

Some Values

- Questioning: it is the conversational questioning that defines us, not definitive and set answers.

- Half Baked: we are 'half-baked, never seeking to be fully formed.

- Open Source: publicly accessible in part or in whole.

- Responsive: responding to people’s questions.

- Distributive: getting out what we already have.

- Creative: making, creating, producing.

- Connecting: conversations and relationships.

- Non-profit: as cheap as possible.

- Generous: trying to get stuff to people as well as we can.

- Empowering: of the people who are creating conversations?

- Gifting: of each other's gifts and abilities towards the production of our resources.

- Multiple Voices: male and female, young and old, etc.

- Accountable: Open to critique.

- Missional: to effect change in the church.

- Holistic: whole life engagement.

- Positive: We have a deep love for the Church Catholic in it's many diverse forms, and value our participation in them.

- Congregational: Actively and positively involved in a local congregation/tribe/community, whatever form that takes.

- Self Directed/Motivated/Participatory: Emergent is what people make of it not what someone invites or asks them to do.

- Conjoining: Non-polarising, that theory and practice go together, that theology and praxis are inseparable. History of Emergent in the UK

We have a history that began in 1999, and now has over 1,200 people connected through this limited avenue in various ways.

The Emergent-UK Name

Emergent is a name we use to show our connection to Emergent, as an international group. Like a family name, it leads people to our primary connection. We may change it if it becomes confusing with name change re-association over time.