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Apr 29, 2009

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Travis Greene

"Emergent congregations, from what I can observe, are overwhelmingly white, middle class, twenty to thirty somethings, and with a decided bent toward intellectual and artistic pursuits. That doesn’t make them good or bad, but I don’t think it makes them emblematic of a new post-partisan world. It makes them another niche into which folks have sorted themselves."

Well, there are different kinds of diversity. Speaking for my own emerging congregation, you are right, we do lack ethnic and age diversity. Overly intellectual, perhaps, but that's largely a function of our locale, I think.

We do, however, have a far greater amount of political/theological diversity than most churches. Which seems to be the specific sort that Bishop is talking about, the red/blue, conservative/liberal, evangelical/mainline divide.

That's not to disagree with your larger point that communities formed as a reaction to something bad can unwittingly perpetuate the same in-group/out-group mentality. But I think most of us are past the point where we're defining ourselves by what we don't want to be anymore, and have moved on to positive explorations of what it means to be the church.

As a good emerger, I'll now add the obligatory caveat that this is all from my limited perspective and of course I could be totally wrong :)

Michael W. Kruse

"As a good emerger, I'll now add the obligatory caveat that this is all from my limited perspective and of course I could be totally wrong :)"

LOL. I distrust everything ... including my distrust of everything. :-)

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