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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Another question...or two...

So I'm wondering what this means for those of us who like the idea of the emergent cohort (I promise we really would go more if it fit into our schedules!), but aren't interested in making it our church. Corey and I are very happy with our church and do not feel called away from it, but we also like the idea of getting together with others to talk specifically about the whole emergent thing. I know that two times a month you're still thinking about having the regular discussion, but I'm wondering if that would look or seem different if some in the group are 'in' the 'nick's super fantastic church' (or whatever name you decide on), and some are 'out' of it? Also, if we know that we're not planning on joining the church, what role do we play in the next few meetings that are all about planning and setting this thing up? (ie. we're still not sure about coming today, since it seems to be pretty much just about setting up the church idea)

1 comment:

Nick Johnson said...

Megan, these are some great questions you pose and we're glad you bring them up. Actually, we read your post outloud at the discussion (I hope you don't mind) and used it for a jumping off point. I'll be posting more details about what we plan in the next few days, but rest assured that this is something that everyone is very concerned about. We want everyone to feel welcome to all activities, and actually I don't think there are very many people, if any, totally leaving their churches for this group.

The main thing is that we are still having discussions twice a month that are open to everyone and can be led by anyone about any topic. Greg is designing the first discussion (topic tba), and then everything else is open. It would be great if you or Corey led a discussion (by which I mean pick a topic) in the near future. This could be spurred on by anything from a section of a book, a poem, a work or art, or anything else really. I guess the hope is that if people lead the discussions who do not view the cohort as their "church" (something no one is really comfortable with) it will open the group up more. In fact, if everyone that took part in our cohort meetings considered this their spiritual home we would likely quickly become what in a way we are reacting against.

There are a few more things regarding this issue that we discussed and I'll post them in a couple days when I get around to it. For now, let me throw the question back at you - What would this group need to do to make anyone feel like they can attend and participate?