Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Emerging Church

Leslie Nipps in an article for the Journal of Associated Parishes (the august body that lead the way toward the 1979 Book of Common Prayer) has written on a topic of interest to those who attend the Saturday evening (vigil) service at St. Mark's. In talk about the "emerging church" she says (in part): "They are grounded in the Tradition as they insist the Church be relevant to today. The portmanteau word is “AncientFuture,” and it implies a critique of Church which is either mired in out-of-date conventions, practices and doctrinal debates; or superficially guided only by the passing fads of modern American life. A “Living Tradition” is the conviction of emerging church practitioners. It also especially refers to worship expressions; these evangelically grounded leaders are re-discovering the richness both of ancient liturgical forms, and of more expressive ceremonial."

You can read more at the link above.

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