every now and again i take a dive into the online version of the liquid church, aka the emerging church, and it flips me out. these people are seriously trying to create a revolution from nowhere--if one might describe cyberspace as nowhere. who am i talking about and what are they saying? take for instance, tony jones, who is a part of both our faith as a way of life project's 'reflection pool' and a leader of the emerging church movement (not the bass player for nina simone!). he is taking ancient devotional practices like ignatian prayer to evangelical youth using the latest technology. actually, he pointed me to this one, and you can try it, too. also check out his cool book, soul shaper.
but to take it to the next level, look at the genx church, the church of the apostles, started by karen ward in seattle. she is a very interesting person, very smart, avant garde, and doing somethings that ought to really make the traditional church think about how it breaks itself open to connect to the people living their lives without a second thought about being part of church.
and karen blogs. check out her's here. i picked up a link on her blog to a really provacative think-piece by tim bednar titled 'we are smarter than our pastors' that really makes the case for what blogs mean for the participatory nature of spiritual reflection that is emerging on the net, and increasingly, in these highly interactive genx churches that tend to be micro, rather than the megachurch versions of the boomer generation.
it is a bit intoxicating to think about the implications of what is going on just now, but mainly outside of traditional congregational life.
anon, and +peace