Episcopal Village (TEC)


Episcopal Village (TEC)

Anglimergent Page for Episcopal Village, a community of those engaging emerging and fresh expressions of church in The Episcopal Church, USA (TEC).

Website: http://www.episcopalvillage.org
Members: 320
Latest Activity: Jun 19, 2013


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A paper TO DOWNLOAD (below) Seizing The Episcopal Moment: A Manifesto of Hope for the Episcopal Church.

By Karen Ward and Don Schell. Forward by Brian McLaren.


A first meeting took place among 5-6 Bishops in early June 2008 at the National Cathedral. A second meeting took place April 27-28 in Chicago. TEC Bishops interested in joining the cohort can contact +Jeff Lee (Diocese of Chicago) or +Greg Rickel (Diocese of Olympia). The next cohort meeting may be in October 2009.



Annual report from the first year of the Diocese of Olympia's Commission for Emerging Mission: CFEM 09 REPORT.pdf

Discussion Forum

Using social media - esp. Facebook 3 Replies

Started by Ken Kroohs. Last reply by Ken Kroohs Feb 18, 2011.

Theology and Emergence 10 Replies

Started by Cole J. Banning. Last reply by Fr. Thomas E.Beasley+ Dec 10, 2010.

Recommended Reading; A voice of reason in a maelstrom of condemnations 4 Replies

Started by Sister Gloriamarie Amalfitano. Last reply by Sister Gloriamarie Amalfitano Jul 2, 2009.

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Comment by Mary Beth Martin on January 19, 2012 at 8:27pm

Hi, Becky and Ken -


Just checked in after almost a week. So happy to hear from you both!! Well, I went to Phyllis Tickle's presentation at the Jax Cathedral last Saturday. She is such an amazing scholar. I learned a lot from her about where we are in history, compared to what's gone on in the past. She has a remarkable long view of things. It gives me great comfort to be able to understand what is happening in our world these days, with all the corruption and pain.


My take on the Great Emergence is that it's an observation, which reflects both a symptom of the times AND a slogan about where we are an what we need to DO. Having heard Tickle's well-argued view of Christianity's history, I must say it seems to be well thought out. If we can see our current social/political/religious "upheaval" in light of the cycles of the past, it gives us perspective. 


My church in St. Augustine, Ken, is pretty progressive -- in tandem with strong traditional roots. We are encouraged to use our minds, though it seems most people are not aware of the emergence. Having visited the cathedral with a number of clergy (incl. the Dean) and parishioners apparently On Board, I wish I lived closer. Guess I feel pretty isolated, in general.


Which makes me all the more grateful for your presence. To continue your Discussion, my question is: What are we to DO (short of ministry in bars)? For me, it involves learning about people I know nothing about. I'm volunteering in a youth detention facility - teaching reading, which is something I'm good at.


What is your take on where we GO once we GET the message of emergence?


Comment by Becky Robbins-Penniman on January 14, 2012 at 6:59am

Hi, Mary Beth-

I have recently met the Dean of the Jacksonville cathedral, and she is a dynamo.  I believe you will find that community to be both comforting and challenging.  

To take what Ken said and turn it a little, I think I'd say "emergence" is a symptom more than a destination.  It is the organic critique of inwardly-focused, overly-hierarchical, anxiety-saturated cultural religion.  If we see it as a critique rather than yet another denomination or thing, then groups - even those within traditional church structures - can consider their own attitudes, tenets and practices and let the "emerging" values re-form, re-shape and even, perhaps, resurrect them.  

Comment by Ken Kroohs on January 9, 2012 at 9:45am

Like Keiran below I am a bit disappointed we have not generated more discussion.  So in response to Mary Beth, let me suggest (just to start a discussion :) )  that 'emerging church' is more slogan than reality.  I say that in the sense that what people are looking for can be provided within the current structure if the current structure is willing.  I don't think it takes having services in movie theaters or discussions in bars although all that can be good.  It takes mainly have an interest in people and being honest/genuine.  The issue then is less format and more beginning the conversation with unchurched or marginally church people.  Sometimes the movie theater or bar  can make that easier but it is not essential.


     btw:  Great book for such discussions:  "What is the least I can believe and still be a Christian?" 

Comment by Mary Beth Martin on January 9, 2012 at 7:43am

A recent convert to the Episcopal church after 40 years away from my RC background. I'm in NE Florida and looking to connect with others who share my interest in emerging Christianity. Our cathedral in Jacksonville is sponsoring PhyllisTickle this coming weekend and I'm looking forward to meeting some folks there. I sure hope someone in the Anglimergent community prefers this format to Facebook, etc. as I haven't entered that realm of technology yet. Just glad to find a place where I feel comfortable.

Comment by Kieran Conroy on December 8, 2010 at 10:04am
Catching up, sorry to see this place not super active! Just wanted to give a hello though, moved from Boston to Omaha to do Episcopal service corps work for a year in intentional community, getting some Anglimergent as well as young adults energy going at my church, St. Andrews and also humbled to be doing work with the local Native community.
Comment by Richard D. Meadows, Jr. on May 26, 2010 at 11:45am
To my Anglimergent Community, I just graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary-Post Graduate Diploma in Anglican Studies. My main goal is to become a Rector or Asst. Rector of an Episcopal Church (ECUSA). If you know of a church looking for a "good Rector" let me know or forward my name onto them. I have attached my resume so that you can see my experience. The link below will take you to my resume. Keep me in your prayers.


Peace and love,

Comment by Ken Kroohs on March 11, 2010 at 2:13pm
Kristian --- good luck! We have a 5 pm service which we originally advertised as "contemporary" but have since changed to "informal" which was (1) more accurate, and (2) better understood I think. We designed it for unchurched or barely churched (no vestments, guitar and keyboard, ceramic rather than silver, full service in booklet, etc.) while deliberately keeping it Episcopalian. We aimed at young adults and people who worked on Sunday. To my surprise, the market segment we got that I had missed was families! They love the idea of not having to fight on Sunday morning! Plus some mothers have said the service becomes the transition back into the school week. It is also a good follow up to youth group (3-5 pm) and precedes some adult programs at 6:30. Would enjoy staying in touch and sharing thoughts. Of course our attendance drops during football season depending on who plays the 4 pm game! Ken Kroohs, High Point, NC
Comment by Kristian Opat on March 11, 2010 at 10:01am
I have been out of the emergent conversation for a few years now. I was part of an emergent church plant and became disenchanted with the conversation as it seemed there were more people with all the answers and fewer people with questions.

I am easing back into things and am now an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and we are planning for a new Sunday evening service that will incorporate many aspects of emergent worship.

Anyone know of any other communities/gatherings/services in this part of the country that might be worth contacting?
Comment by Reagan Humber on December 24, 2009 at 12:41pm
I'm a member of St. Gregory-Nyssa of San Francisco but am in San DIego for the Christmas Season up through Epiphany. I'm looking for a faith community where I can worship tonight (Christmas Eve) and throughout the season. Can any of you recommend a good liturgical community for me? It doesn't have to be Anglican, though that would be nice. I'd emphasize good, thoughtful, interesting, even weird liturgy over run-of-the-mill, by-the-book Anglican. So, any of the liturgical traditions would be good.
Comment by Miguel Zavala Múgica on April 7, 2009 at 3:40am

I'm a priest from the Anglican Church of Mexico (Diocese of WMexico). I'm 41 y/o and live in Guadalajara.
Just looking for friends within the Church.


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