Monday, July 5, 2010

Breakfast with Phyllis Tickle

We were privileged to hear Phyllis Tickle speak about emergence Christianity at the commissioner's group breakfast this morning. She said that her Episcopal denomination and ours are two of the most receptive to this movement. She quoted a bishop who said of this movement that we are not here to save the church, we are here to serve the kingdom of God, and behold, God is doing a new thing. The stated clerk of GA, Gradye Parsons, led us in a wonderful devotion on Luke 8:22-25, leaving us with a mantra which has helped him: Get in the boat; go to the other side; there will be a storm; you will not die. Apologies to any whom I may not have quoted accurately. Most of the rest of the day was spent in committee, hearing reports from those speaking about the overtures. Tomorrow will begin the difficult process of making decisions on sensitive and divisive issues. Keep us in prayer!

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