Emergent Church Community Conversation Friday Sept 17thSeptember 13, 2010
Join us on Friday, September 17 for a conversation concerning mainline churches and the contemporary shift in religious practice today. The program is jointly sponsored with the Episcopal Diocese and requires reservations for lunch by this Friday, September 10. Below is more information on this special community conversation.
If We Can Live Through This:
Exploring Congregational Identity and Purpose in an Emerging World
Here in 21st century America, religious practice is changing dramatically, average church attendance is declining, and membership in the institutional church is no longer a social norm. In the face of such challenges, dioceses and congregations have an opportunity to redefine their identity and purpose as they seek to further God’s mission in a changing culture. During this seminar, the Rev. John Denson offers a snapshot of religious practice in the United States and introduces strategies and processes that encourage new life, vitality, and mission to emerge. He will share the story of one congregation’s continuing journey to redefine its identity and purpose as a new commons – a faith community that is diverse, inclusive, interdependent, broadly connected beyond its walls, and focused on working for the common good.
Seminar Leader: John Denson is the Rector of Christ Church in Exeter, New Hampshire where he has served since 1999. He earned his M.Div. and D.Min. in Congregational Development from Seabury Western Theological Seminary. John has served as co-chair of the Diocesan Re-imagining Committee, as the clergy convener of the Seacoast Convocation and as a strategic planning consultant for congregations.
Friday, September 17, 2010, Noon to 2:00 pm
$10 (Free to pre-registered Brite / TCU students with ID) . Lunch is provided.
To register: http://tinyurl.com/27xrneh
Co-Sponsored by Brite Divinity School, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, and Seabury Western Theological Seminary