This week we welcome two more guest voices to the conversation, cynthia and dean. Please read on to meet them both and get to know a little more about them...
Please could you tell us a little bit about Who are you/what are you doing/being at the mo?
Currently, my husband, Bob, and I co-pastor a denominational church in Southern California just outside Los Angeles. We've pastored our current congregation for 6 years, although we have been in full-time ministry for nearly 20. Through an inspiration of the Lord to "go back by the way in which you came" I returned to a passion I had let lapse during the years when our children were younger, that of studying the diffusion & use of new media technologies. Weird, I know.
Could you please tell us how you know Jason and how/why you are interested/involved in/with emergent/emerging church?
I originally met Jason when he spotlighted my blog, The Digital Sanctuary, with a plug and welcome on his site. I was intending to blog exclusively with collegues, but Jason has got great site traffic and so my site meter began spike. I realized I better educate myself and consulted him about how to proceed. He recommended I get serious and become a resource site for encouraging the Church to embrace online technologies. I converted from Blogger to a self-hosted Wordpress server and am currently in the process of putting up a Church research blog. For now, you can still find me at The Digital Sanctuary.
My interest in emergent ideology has to do with the context and timing of a move of the Holy Spirit that could animate a global audience in an open source-type collaborative conversation. From a mass communications standpoint, we are in a renaissance of advance. Furthermore, a "spiritual dialog", amplified by the mass media channel that delievers it (the internet), could likely create the kind of a faith (the medium is the message) synergy that we have yet to experience as a planet.
Time for a little dreaming, please could you tell me if you could be anything you wanted to be, other than what you are now, what would it be?
Finally, theology is [always/sometimes/never] fun so please could you tell us how would you describe the Kingdom of God in 5 words or less?
the real world.
Hi Dean, please could you tell us about you?
Dean Whisnant, I am a Licensed Minister in the Church of the Nazarene (www.nazarene.org), studying to become an Ordained Minister. I've just moved from Baltimore, Maryland (USA) to Glendale, Arizona (USA).
In Maryland I was working with a traditional modern church, leading a small quasi home church, as well as working with a group of Emergent Nazarenes trying to regain the roots of our Holiness tradition.
I'm currently working to connect with a local Nazarene church in Arizona, with hopes of them sponsoring me to "plant" another "church".
Thanks. Jason is co-ordinator of Emergent-UK so could you please tell us how/why you are interested/involved in/with emergent/emerging church?
I became involved with Emergent UK through a reference made by Brian McLaren in one of his sermons or books. I fell in love with the open discussions here at Jason's blog. Now I want to continue learning how others are finding this emerging journey and share my thoughts and inspirations within my own journey. I find it exciting to participate with a group of people from all over the world, what a wonder God has allowed us to discover this technology that allows instant communication thousands of miles apart.
ok, please could you tell us if you could be anything you wanted to be, other than what you are now, what would it be?
A chef. I love to cook and have been inspired by my father and several tv hosts for the art. One area of ministry that I find most fulfilling is in cooking and serving meals to people.
We are nosey round here, so please could you tell me one thing that most people would be surprised to discover about you?
I've brewed a batch or two of beer in my days. I was so inspired by monastic brewers that I commissioned a work of art to be painted entitled "Monk Brewing Beer".
So who inspires you, who are your heroes and heroines and why?
Anyone who is willing to step out of their comfort zone to really experience what others, that they might otherwise criticize, experience and believe.
Finally, how would you describe the Kingdom of God in 5 words or less?
Grace for all, unconditionally.