Often paired with “church,” emerging refers to a conversation among many in the church about how the gospel transforms lives in a postmodern world. The conversation embraces traditions, rituals and practices that have authentic meaning in the context of the community. Emergent describes congregations and people â€¨who embody ideas stemming from the emerging conversation.
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These ELCA-affiliated ministries build community with face-to-face and virtual interaction—connecting across all areas of people’s lives.
• Church of the Beloved, Edmonds, Wash.
• House for all Sinners and Saints, Denver.
• Netzer Co-op, Seguin, Texas.
• The Well of Hope Lutheran Church, Pineville & Charlotte, N.C.
• Mercy Seat, Minneapolis.
• Jacob’s Porch, campus ministry at Ohio State University, Columbus.
• Church of the Apostles, Seattle.
• Jacob’s Well, Minneapolis.
• Shekinah Chapel, Chicago.
Other emerging ministries are (or soon will be) under way in: Detroit; Nashua, N.H.; Waterfront, N.J.; San Antonio; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Champlain, Minn.
Can you think of a time when someone opened a hotel door for you, greeted you with a smile and ushered you into a welcoming lobby? The door opener: someone who saw you and your baggage and invited you to make yourself at home.
That’s the welcome, baggage and all, offered by more than a dozen emerging church communities (see "Glossary") in various stages of development within the ELCA. They are the door openers for many who don’t go to church, who identify as “spiritual but not religious.”
|Sunday worship draws about 120 at Spirit Garage, an emerging ministry that meets in a Minneapolis theater. |
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