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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Tonight, we experienced our third Celebration of the Faithful.  After a meal of savory appetizers and lively dialogue about this, we contemplated portions of Peter Rollins's How (Not) to Speak of God, C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and scripture.  Next, we took communion while a slide show of Christian artwork was displayed.  Throughout the event, we sought to intentionally reflect on the provocative question:  Would we still follow Christ if heaven or hell did not exist?  A prayer journal was born, and Mason enjoyed a back scratch of sorts.  Thanks, Jesse, for organizing; and thanks, Nick & Jane, for hosting.  Personally, the shared sense of community in this group has been truly enriching over the last few months.  And it seems we are being Emergent if our discussion topics, open-ended dialogue, and decentralized hierarchy, etc. are indications.  But how are we doing Emergent?  And how are we doing it in Central Ohio specifically?


Jesse said...

Thanks for the wrap-up Greg! And the great picture :)

I especially enjoyed the continued discussion of "transparency." For myself, this is such a valuable characteristic of our group.

If anyone is interested in seeing the details of the "celebration" you can view the service outline from google documents by going here:


Greg said...

Regarding transparency, Rob Bell made some very relevant comments at Mars Hill this past Sunday (3/9):

"We have to be the kinds of people who can name our thoughts and feelings, what they are--in the presence of our friends--and know that we will not be condemned or judged. This is what it means to be in community; it’s to be able to say to people 'Here is what I am going through right now,' and them be the kinds of people who let you simply express it. Throughout the scriptures, authentic spirituality was never in stead of honesty and raw emotion; it always encompasses honesty and raw emotion . . .'