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Explore the "new Reformation," January 26-28

Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence: How
Christianity is changing and why

The Reformation was a long time ago – or was it? Might a new Reformation be afoot? Join several prominent “thought leaders” for presentations and workshops about these questions during the 2010 January Seminars at Columbia Theological Seminary, January 26-28, 2010. The $265 program fee includes lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday. The event begins Tuesday, January 26, at 1:30 PM and concludes Thursday, January 28, at 12:30 PM.

A limited number of spaces are available at $132.50 for CTS faculty, staff, spouses, and non-CTS basic degree seminarians. A limited number of no-cost spaces are available for CTS basic degree students and their spouses. Advanced registration is required for all participants.

Emergence Now! topics

Reviving ancient disciplines
One of the characteristics of today’s “emergence Christianity” is its re-engagement of the early Church's practices in both worship and believer-formation. In a workshop with Phyllis Tickle, we will look at the seven ancient disciplines of the faith from the perspective of contemporary practice, but with particular focus on the discipline of fixed-hour prayer.

Phyllis Tickle is founding editor of the religion department of Publishers Weekly (international journal of the book industry,). An authority on religion in America and a sought-after lecturer on the subject, Tickle is author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. She is also the author of the notable and popular The Divine Hours series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer.

Moving out of “churchianity”
The Didache – perhaps the earliest document we have from the early church –  records the patterns of an early Christian community as they figure out how to live together, how to celebrate Eucharist, and how to treat strangers in their midst. With Tony Jones, explore what the Didache has to say to those who are emerging out of 20th century “churchianity” into something more communal.

Tony Jones, theologian-in-residence at Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, is author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier. He has written numerous books on Christian ministry and spirituality, including The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life.

Putting “postmodern” to practical use
Scholars and cultural observers speak of a paradigm shift from a “modern” to a “postmodern” worldview – but what does that mean? With Philip Clayton, we will look concretely at what it means to be an “emerging, missional” church in today’s radically different context. How do we carry out ministries, whether inside or outside of churches, that speak powerfully to postmodern men and women?

Philip Clayton holds positions in the departments of religion and philosophy and is Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology. Clayton has published widely in theology, philosophy, and the philosophies of science, religion, and the mind. His upcoming book is called Transforming Theology.

Blessings and burdens: technology and church life
Bring your joys, hopes, gripes, and fears for an open, honest conversation with Bruce Reyes-Chow about a challenging element of church life today: technology and social networking. What is the appropriate use of technology in the life of the church? “Live twittering is encouraged but not required,” Reyes-Chow says wryly.

Bruce Reyes-Chow, moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), is pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco. He is co-host of a weekly internet radio show, The God Complex: Where fully divine runs smack dab into fully human. A self-published book is forthcoming: Embracing the Gray: musings on faith, family, and the pursuit of an American dream.

Barbara Brown Taylor, worship leader for this event, teaches religion at Piedmont College in northeast Georgia and is an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary. She is the author of 12 books, including An Altar in the World, published by HarperOne in February, 2009. Her memoir, Leaving Church, earned a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. She is also an at-large editor for The Christian Century and an occasional commentator on Georgia Public Radio. 

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