The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

We are currently on a "break," for no particular reason, and many little reasons - mostly pertaining to life circumstances. If anyone is interested in calling a meeting, feel free to post on the blog, join the google group (see link below) and send an email, or contact either Nancy (nancykj10@yahoo.com) or Jesse (schroeder.jesse@gmail.com) for more information.

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still between two worlds...

thanks for your thoughts in regard to our culture and I have to agree that our teens are a post modern culture.

but here's the struggle. our teens are beginning to think a lot differently than the world around them. their teachers, parents and even their church is a modern world. the answers to their questions are very modern answers. so our kids are taught to be simple or be shallow, rather than to question or examine the truth.

so maybe the real work needs to be working with our families and the leadership of the church and begin to create a more post modern culture within our local body...?


between two worlds

here is a thought that has been rolling around in my head for some time now and would love some dialogue about it. "many of our kids are in between both the modern world and postmodern world," at least that is what i'm being told. but I have a tendency to think that the teens in our community are more postmodern than modern. how do I go about determining that or do I? hope this makes sense.

This question comes from Aaron who is up in Loudonville, a small rural farming town that is between two worlds in some ways.

Any thoughts for him? I grew up in and around DC, since then I've lived in suburban Columbus, so I'm not as familiar with the culture Aaron ministers in. Although, I'd say that due to media influences and the way they are confronted with the otherness of the world on a regular basis through media outlets that the kids are, "postmodern," because we as a nation are postmodern. I don't think it is a matter of choice - postmodernity is the era we are in, so by association the kids are postmodern. Perhaps the community isn't as progressive as others so there are still tendencies/perspectives which carry a more modern flavor.

Ok - so that thought was over generalized and could be shredded to pieces, but I think my idea comes across.

Northeast Ohio Connections

Tim and Matt (see comments from the first post), you aren't too far from each other up there in Akron and Youngstown. A lot closer than Columbus. You guys might be the start of something good forming up there.


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in the end, the beginning

I imagine there are many Emergentesque folks in and around Columbus, Ohio. I had the privelege of dining with 4 this evening from up north around the Loudonville area. We had a good opportunity to sit down with Tony Jones and each person at the table shared an interest in wanting to connect with others to explore theology and praxis as they relate to the church.

In response, I propose a Central Ohio Emergent Cohort kickoff on Monday Night, November 7th from 7-9pm at the Polaris Parkway "Claddagh"

The Claddagh is just west of route 71 and hopefully is a decent meeting place for our northern friends. I'd envision the first gathering being a time of trading stories and uncovering hearts with some discussion of what a potential cohort could develop into. I'm sure a robust theological conversation won't be far behind.

Be sure to comment or email me if you are interested in joining the conversation. I look forward to meeting others desiring to engage in emergent ideas and encourage each other in kingdom work.

In the Love of the Father,
Jed Dearing