Friday, September 21, 2007

Location Change

We are making a location change for our gathering on Friday night. We will now be meeting at Oklahoma Joe's BBQ in Olathe KS (map).

We are gathering at 6:00pm Friday, September 21st to have a conversation with Tony Jones (National Coordinator for Emergent Village) about what is happening and the future of Emergent. Following our dinner conversation many of us are planning on making the short trip over to Mid-America Nazarene University for a 8:00pm worship service that will be lead by the folks at Jacob's Well.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sept. KC Emergent Cohort

We will be gathering on Friday, September 21st at 6:00pm with Tony Jones, National Coordinator for Emergent Village. Tony is in town speaking at the Postmodern Youth Ministry conference.

We will be having dinner (or whatever you want to order) at Perkins restaurant on Santa Fe Street in Olathe. Take exit #218 from I-35 and the Perkins is located about 2 blocks east. See map here.

We are looking forward to a good discussion with Tony about what is happening with Emergent now and what the future looks like.

Hope to see you all there. If you have any questions, just let me know

Monday, July 02, 2007

July Gathering

It is time again for another gathering of the KC Emergent Cohort. We are going to gather on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 pm at Tera Yakel’s home (please email for address, directions, etc) for dessert and drinks (feel free to bring your favorite beverage) and a conversation with Mike King about Postcolonial Africa.

We haven’t seen some of you in a few months and are looking forward to a great conversation.

Monday, April 02, 2007

April Cohort Gathering

On Tuesday, April 10th we will be gathering at 7:00pm with the folks at Cherith Brook, a new monastic, intentional community.

We will gather at their community house and storefront at 3308 E 12th St. (one and a half blocks east of Benton).

You can check out this blog post about Cherith Brook on the Christian Century Blog.

What is Cherith Brook?
Cherith Brook is a residential Christian Community committed to sharing table fellowship with strangers and all our resources with one another. We have found our inspiration from the early church, the Church of the Saviour and the Catholic Worker.

Mercy - Our daily lives are structured around practicing the works of mercy as found in Jesus' teachings. We are committed to regularly feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, visiting the prisoner and the sick in the name of Jesus.

Peacemaking - As followers of Jesus we understand our lives to be centered in God's Shalom. Cherith Brook strives to be a "school" for peacemaking in all its dimensions: political, communal and personal, working constantly to undo poverty, racism and militarism.

All of these can be summed up as the Struggle to connect with the God of life. We pray that Cherith Brook be a space where all of us - the broken- can come to learn and relearn the ways of Jesus; a place to struggle together for God's call of love, mercy, peace and justice.

You can also check out some of these links
New Monasticism website
Christian Century article - the new monastics
Seattle Times article "Christian communities try "whole-life faith"
Christianity Today article "The New Monasticism" - need to be a member to read
Scot McKight even had a blog post talking about this.

Let me know if you need any additional information - and we hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events in April

Brian McLaren will be in town for two days this month.
April 10th - At Platte Woods United Methodist Church, 7:00pm, and will be leading a presentation titled "The On-Ramp to the Postmodern Conversation".

April 11 - Brian will be at St. Paul's School of Theology at 11:00am in the Kresge Chapel.

Then on April 20 & 21 Marcus Borg will be at Village Presbyterian Church leading a conversation about "Intentional Christianity: Sharing God's Dream"

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

March Cohort

We are postponing our March Cohort gathering and will instead meet in April. Please forgive our lack of consistency and check back for the details of our next gathering on April 10th when we will be having a conversation about New Monastic/Intentional communities.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

February Cohort Gathering

We will be gathering for our next cohort discussion on Thursday, February 15th at 8:00 pm in the back room of the Westport Coffee House to discuss Scot McKnight's article in Christianity Today; Five Streams Of the Emerging Church.
Hope to see you all there!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Stanley Hauerwas - January 18-19

Charlie was telling me about a conversation "Is the Reformation Over" that will be happening the Nazarene Theological Seminary January 18-19 with George Lindbeck, David Burrell, and Stanley Hauerwas. Check out the information here.

Tony Campolo - January 25

Tony Campolo will be speaking at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village on Thursday, January 25th at 7:00pm. It is free and open to the public but registration is required here or by calling 913-671-2333.

Tony Campolo, professor emeritus at Eastern University, is the founder of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, an organization that develops schools and social programs in various third world countries and in cities across North America. He is the author of 33 books, his most recent being, "Letters to a Young Evangelical." Dr. Campolo will speak about the transformative power of faithful learning, not only for ourselves but for the world in which we live.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Weekly Conversations - Part 2

Do to some interest in a weekly conversation we are going to provide an opportunity for informal conversations every Wednesday at 7:00am.

We will get a table at the Panera Bread in Westport and buy our own breakfast. Please feel free to come whenever you can.

December Cohort Gathering

We will be gathering on Thursday, December 14th at 8:00pm in the front room of the Westport Flea Market Grill & Bar (817 Westport Rd.)

Mike Kruse will be with us to talk about “The Image of God at Work in the 21st Century. Economic life and the Emerging Church."

You can check out Mike’s blog at Kruse Kronicle.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Location, Location, Location

We need a good location that we can use on a continual basis. We are looking to stay in the city somewhere in or between Westport and Waldo (including Plaza and Brookside.)

We need a place that is free and maybe has a back room or something, it also needs to be open until 11 or 12pm.

So what's the name of you favorite pub, coffee shop or restaurant that won't mind us taking up a few tables every month?

We're Listening

The Kansas City Emergent Cohort is not about a few people getting a "program" together for you to come listen to, but it is about our friendships and conversations. So we are wanting to hear from you.

What do you want to talk about? Some of the things that have been suggested include; New Monasticism (Intentional Communities), Authority of Scripture and Economic Justice. There have also been talks about book discussions and doing some mission opportunities together (serve at a soup kitchen.) What appeals to you?

So here is your chance to tell us what you think and what you want to do.

Weekly Conversations

This is the third month in a row that someone has talked to me about their desire to get together on a weekly basis maybe for breakfast or lunch. If you are wanting to participate in something like that on a regular or semi-regular basis, or are wanting to participate in the Cohort but evenings don't work for you, comment here or email me and we'll start the dialogue about that.