In my last pastorate, I called PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly the “farm report” since it was some news I needed just before leaving to go to church Sunday mornings.
For a change, I was looking forward to a particular story that was getting a lot of buzz on emerging-church blogs about the emerging church itself. I’d recommend it, and while you’re there the stories on TM and Maharishi University and a feature on journalistic ethics are quite good too.
I’m not fully sold on emerging church-iana in part because it comes out of American Evangelicalism, and that’s not my experience of Christianity. (As a thirtysomething whitish guy with facial hair, I could pass, though. Note to self: get more fashionable eyeglasses.) It does, however, seems to drift towards a third point — I’ll call it now “Protestant catholicism” until something better comes up — that some Liberal Protestants kinda drift towards. An example of this phenomenon is the Episcopal Church being the de facto “second church” of so many Unitarian and Universalist Christians. Why them, and not the Brethren or Quakers? I’d daresay there is more of a link with the Episcopalians than even the UCC, and if would be interesting to see where the last generation of UU Christian ministers “who got away” went.
But I’m getting off course.
The article — there’s a second part next week — can be read or watched in streaming video online. If you need a quick primer on the phenomenon, this is the resource I’d choose. It is also a good resource for non-Christian Unitarian Universalists who need some perspectives of the inner workings of American Evangelicaism, so as to explode the monolith theory that so many seem to carry around.