I just spotted that Tony Jones uploaded a video onto Emergent Village from the Black Stump Festival that is currently underway down here in Sydney. It was curious in a way, overhearing the observations of others about us. Helpful too.
Tony notes that Australia is very similar to America in many ways, except when we say unchurched, we genuinely mean unchurched, not just dechurched. Yes, true, very true. Hopefully that observation will help more people understand why we place much more emphasis on mission and much less on welcoming post-evangelicals.
Tony also makes the observation that the word emerging is still widely embraced. Errr, not so sure about that, I would say wide embrace is still yet to arrive. I suspect Tony may be over-estimating the impact of the emerging conversation on Australian churches, at least beyond the Uniting Church. What would you other Aussies out there say about this? Are Australians conversant with the emergent church?
Oh, and in case any of you Stumpers are wondering, yes, I bowed out this year. Too much other stuff on. Oh, and guys, yes I heard about the rain last night. I’ll drink a nice warm coffee for you. Oh, and Naomi, if you’re reading this was that you hanging out in the background with the drums?