Heading Under the Big Tent
One of the projects I’ve been involved with for the past several months is a conference taking place this week in Raleigh called Big Tent Christianity. Last month, I had the privilege of curating a synchroblog on the theme of “big tent Christianity” that generated more than 60 contributions.
Yesterday, the Raleigh News Observer did an article on the Big Tent conference, which I think gives a pretty good preview of what’s coming up this week. I especially appreciated Brian McLaren’s comments toward the end of the article: “‘If the old liberal ecumenism was about minimizing your faith commitment in order to avoid controversy and division, these conversations are deeply theological’ … In this group, confronting thorny issues is not call for disfellowship.”
I’m really looking forward to some of that deeply theological conversation and hanging out with old and new friends, especially at Mike and Jasmine Morrell’s house on Wednesday night. If you’re in the area, you should crash the party (or RSVP on the Facebook event and then come) and bring a $3 donation to go to Love Wins.
This is the kind of party that I really enjoy—one that moves us further in our to action towards form a new kind of Christianity.
P.S. Word on the street is that there’s already another Big Tent Christianity conference in the works for early next year on the West Coast, so keep an eye on @bigtentx and the Big Tent Christianity Facebook page and website for news on that.