House for All Sinners and Saints

  • House for All Sinners and Saints
    I am the mission developer for House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. We are an urban liturgical community with a progressive yet deeply rooted theological imagination. Check out our site for more info.

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  • Chris Enstad
    The blog of a dad, husband, Lutheran pastor, emerging, failing, conversing, confessing.
  • Ian Mobsby
    Ian is the Anglican Priest at Moot in London.
  • Matt Stone
    This is a great blog from Down Under which explores Christianity and religious pluralism
  • Luther Punk
    Like Ward Cleaver with tattoos
  • Ian Adams
    Ian is the priest of the MayBe community in Oxford...I think he's pretty stinkin' cool.
  • Rachael
    cool chick...check her out
  • MayBe
    This is a great emerging church community we spent time with in Oxford. Their website is well worth a look, especially the page "the spirit of MayBe"
  • Mad Priest
    If I'm the Sarcastic Lutheran, he's certainly the Sarcastic Anglican...
  • Steve Collins
    Steve's an interesting and articulate emerging church brit.
  • The Mercy Seat
    This is a really groovey new church plant in NorthEast Minneapolis, amazing jazz liturgy. Their website is well worth checking out

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Nadia,
Happy to be a new friend of yours and I love this vision (as well as description) of God's kingdom on earth.

Question for ya: I am a Methodist student pastor at Duke Divinity. I pastor a rural congregation in NC. Do you think it is possible to take a congregation long rooted in its own story and tradition (one I think we must honor, even as we seek to deconstruct and reconstruct some new visions) so that they become what you describe here? Or is this sort of community only possible if it is begun new (church plant) where the sort of people that come are already conditioned for this sort of environment?

This is the tension I constantly live within.

Any thoughts you have would be welcome.

peace,
Chad

Hi!

I love what you envision here. It resonates with what we are daily building in my Mennonite congregation.

The fact that Mennonites and Lutherans are each finding common vision in these ways is evidence enough that something new, no: New (capital N) is afoot.

Thanks for your leadership and followership in these conversations.

Dave

A-freakin-men sister. Your long distant HFASS members, Ratchet and Rachel

Sigh. I love your vision, and I would happily participate.

Chad asks a really good question, and I would love to hear your answer - and have some discussion about it - because it is a question I am struggling with too (though as a lay person in a struggling, dysfucntional congregation).

And this is yet another post I'll be sharing with our congregational council tonight. Maybe something will sink in eventually...

Nadia -

I like this a lot.
I've been working on mission/postmodern stuff for a while and you hit the nail right on the head with your vision for ministry. What I see emerging in my life and ministry is intentionality around engagement with our people that carries over into all aspects of our lives. Albert Winsemman suggests - the days of simply "doing church" are over. It is time to "be the church" again. I agree!

Thanks for your reflection.

Peace,

Geoff Sinibaldo
Pastor, St. Matthew LC Avon, CT

Thanks, Nadia!

@Chad -- here is how I've explained my 11 years of ministry with an "existing" congregation which is emerging in some ways, even if no one uses that language: https://godpots.wordpress.com/2009/09/15/dying-and-being-reborn/

That was beautiful. And the "we pray our asses off" remark made me laugh. :)

Right on, Nadia. Love your paradoxes "praying our asses off" and "rooted yet nimble." Blessings, Vicki

what a great vision lived out in community. thanks for sharing your experience and heart-felt passions

That's fantastic. I think it would make a great manifesto...

Hi Nadia, Totally appreciate your take on what's emerging. Do i have permission to post a version of this in our future church bulletin? it would be great to use to get a conversation going in our church!
Blessings from CANADA,
R. Sato

Nadia,

You make me want to move to Denver! I pray that your vision is possible, and emerging, even in root-bound congregations in North Carolina...right now, the best I can do is the "radical thing of showing up"...
Keep dreaming dreams and seeing visions, it gives me hope!

Thank you for posting your thoughts about being part of the emergent movement. I wouldn't really call it a emergent church but a movement like what was experienced during Martin Luther in 1500's. I now consider myself a Messianic Emergent Jew. I just blogged about it and going through many authors and their thoughts of this movement.

Thanks, Nadia. Heard you at Greenbelt, UK, last year and loved what you had to say. I'm just about to send your 'Emerging Church' paragraph to be published in our church newsletter....because it'll ring true with our fellowship and they'll be greatly encouraged. Keep doing what you're doing!

What's truly sad in my opinion is that what you have just described must be emerging, when it should have never diminished or disappeared.

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