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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I'd love you hear your comments about Emergent in general (or, please refer me to any previous posts). A year ago I wrote a series of posts about Emergent (tag: Emergent on my blog) with a mixture of admiration and scepticism. A local Lutheran church doing redevelopment ministry in the emergent mold just closed its doors near me, and I know of the struggles of some other (non-Lutheran) emergent churches to sustain themselves. Particularly in a poor, African-American neighborhood (a demographic in which I've lived, worked and worshipped in Philadelphia), I wonder what Emergent has to offer. I admire and appreciate Emergent, but I also have my questions. Please share with me your insights, if you have the chance . . .

I have a prayer: God forgive us, because we pretty much know the shit we're doing...

I'm probably your only Buddhist reader, so I'll add my two cents and hope it's closer to being a lotus in the mud than just mud. At the end of prayer, meditation, mantra, etc., we dedicate any merit we may have earned to all sentient beings. This might seem like an unmeaningul blanket statement to make sure you've covered your compassionate bases worldwide. Then again, with the right intention, it's a practical way to pray for those in the middle of widespread suffering, like what you've seen in Detroit. Why not pray for everyone on the planet every time you pray? Can't hurt!

I had a similar experience in St. Louis, where the Urbana Student Missions Convention was held. The downtown area is like a ghost town, with redevelopment monies invested only in isolated pockets, overshadowed by decaying vacated buildings. The long train ride from downtown to the airport is a study in abandonment; I kept waiting for the new growth and never saw it. A police officer there told me that if you count the outlying areas, there are upwards of 3 million people in St. Louis, but there are only something like 300,000 downtown. St. Louisians need money, they need prayer, they need jobs, they need resurrection.

Can there be any other prayer than

Kyrie Eleison

My prayer is that you go for it -- whatever "it" turns out to be.

Hi Nadia,

It's interesting to read your perspective on this situation. I was part of the group that you met with in Detroit and, yes, your observations are all very true. But, what's interesting to me is that, it is my reality and has been for my whole life so I don't feel the "shock and awe" of the situation and find myself now absorbed with the small yet positive change going on in the city.

Do we have a long way to go? Absolutely yes, the issues are still large and overwhelming. But, that can't lead to a sense of hopelessness. If an emergent church can find a small way to be a part of this small, positive change, I can't think of a better way to move forward.

We simply need every prayer we can get and we need the Holy Spirit to give every single one of us in metro-Detroit the energy to want to affect positive change.

Thnaks to everyone.
A Buddhist reader...that makes me feel so cool!
To the folks who asked me to respond to them, I'll do that directly and not here.
Thanks for your participation

Wow, a lot of potential in that facade . . .

Okay. So I was browsing the internet looking for some breathe taking city images to put into my computer when I came across your blog. I know I am a year or so late in posting this comment, but since you were writing about something I am very familiar with, I felt compelled to remark.
I live and grew-up near Detroit and have lived periodically within the city limits itself a few times. The whole "death" of Detroit disturbs me, not only because its my local metropolitan area, but because of its broader implications.
I do know that one of the major contributors to the decimation of the city is that most of the burnt out and abandoned buildings you see are totally unowned. Very few city documents exist stating who owns what. After the "white plight" in the 70's and 80's many house's and small businesses were simply abandoned and the city was unable to keep up with the paper work. Toss on top of that a corrupted bureaucracy and its no wonder that no one can sell any property or justifiably claim ownership of the land.
The city itself is so cash strapped with all of its community outreach programs that no money is spent on clean-up and restoration to anything in the city. Private owners have to take up that burden, but how can anyone buy anything when no proof of ownership exists to begin with?
A person could actually buy whole blocks of the city by simply paying-off the back taxes owed on the home's. Only problem with doing that is if a person spent the money to buy and then either restore or redevelop the land, the city wouldn't be able to provide proper infrastructure services (like education, police and fire, but also Detroit's water and sewage services are far lagging). Who would want to live there?
Our only hope is that we pray that the people directly affected by the cities demise can survive through it.
My own personal opinion is that Detroit needs to reduce its land size and allow some of its more abandoned area's get claimed by its neighboring suburb cities. Or rezone the entire city to accommodate new businesses. Most of all it needs to lower taxes and axe out most of its wasteful programs. Any one of these suggestions could lead to a recovery.

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