I thought this sociology article was insightful -- introduced several key points as to why and how "Emergent" churches are thriving. I think it would be interesting to reflect on how our cohort fits (or doesn't fit) into these so-called "emergent" groups/churches/cohorts... Where do we invision this group going? What is our mission (if there is one at all)? I think it would be great if we reflected on the vision of our group. Are we a safe place for people to come ask questions about Jesus, about Judaism, Islam, about politics, the bible, etc? Are we a church? a group of friends? a group of intellectuals discussing abstract concepts and books and theology? Are we a mission? If so, how?