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Hello everyone! My name is Rachel Stacy and I’m from Baltimore, MD. I went to college in Indiana so I still have some roots there! I am part of a conversation among Quakers about the Emergent Church. Its formed the title Convergent Friends, from the meld of CONervative Quakerism and the EmERGENT Church.

Since writing a paper on the subject and speaking last March at a national Quaker conference, I’ve been asked to speak about the Emergent Church and its relationship to Quakerism at Indianapolis First Friends Church. (http://www.indyfriend…)

Indianapolis First Friends

3030 Kessler Blvd. East Dr.

Indianapolis, IN 46220

317-255-2485

I will be speaking this Saturday night and Sunday morning. On Saturday night there will be a dinner around 6:00pm followed by a introduction to the emergent church and the convergent Friends conversation. On Sunday morning from 9-10am there will be a combined adult Sunday School class about the ongoing evolution of the conversation and where it may led. Sunday morning worship is from 10:15-11:15 where I’ll share my spiritual journey into the emergent church conversation and hows its applied to teaching in a public school.

I would love to have some people from other meetings, churches and denominations present! The community of people I’m involved with in Baltimore are made up of a wide variety of people. As you all probably know the emergent church movement is hard to define because it is based so much of personal exploration and community experiences. Please come share your stories about your relationship with the Emergent Church conversation with us!! Or if your interested in the emergent church or the quaker response to the emergent church please join us this weekend!

Sincerely, Rachel Stacy

This October is Convergent month, the first of its kind, but what does it mean? A number convergent Friends have decided to declare October, convergent month of 2008. It means that this month we’re inviting Convergent Friends everywhere in the world to make a concentrated effort to dream, discuss, and have loads of fun thinking about where Friends are and what the Future of Friends might be.
We’re planning parties, get-togethers, suggested reading lists, service projects, experimental worship gatherings, directed efforts at publishing in Quaker periodicals around these topics, and of course lots of blogging goodness. I’d like to invite all of you to join with us in the festivities however you see fit. This is meant to be something fun, relational, active (vs. just being heady), creative, and worshipful.
Here’s a list of just some suggestions we’re working with (feel free to add more in the comments below):
Activities
  • Invite those who are convergent Friends or who are interested in the discussion over for dinner party or some variation: swimming, biking, meet at a pub or coffeeshop, host a baking party, or a book club for the month.
  • Get together and do some kind of outreach or service oriented project with other Friends, especially those who you don’t normally see or agree with.
  • Try and convince your meeting, or yearly meeting to do something convergent related for your next gathering.
  • Get out that one big writing project (on cf) you’ve been working on!
  • Join the facebook group and post discussions.
  • Visit a meeting that considers itself convergent/emergent

Ideas for a Convergent Worship

  • Lectio Divina
  • Body Prayer (See Doug Pagitt’s book)
  • Share a meal together
  • Scripture reading, or role-playing
  • Fast together
  • Prayer Labryinth
  • Take a day retreat, hike or camping trip and consider some of these questions

Blog Goodies

  • Interviews with other Quakers
  • Spotlight historical “convergent” friends
  • Review and discuss books you find important to this discussion
  • Share you stories and connection with convergence
  • Make a documentary about some aspect of convergent friends
  • Do a video with characters and a story introducing Friends topics for YouTube, Vimeo, etc

Articles

  • If you’re the publishing type get out that article you’ve been meaning to write about convergent Friends this month!
  • If you have something you’d like to publish on our site http://www.convergentfriends.org, let me know and we’ll get it peer reviewed.
  • If you’d like to help with convergentfriends.org please let me know.

Suggested Readings

  • Quaker Vision of Gospel Order – Lloyd Lee Wilson
  • Crucified Covenant – Douglas Gwyn
  • Body Politics – John Howard Yoder
  • Irresistable Revolution – Shane Claiborne
  • Sacred Compass – Brent Bill
  • Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? – James K. A. Smith
  • Emerging Churches – Eddie Gibbs and Ryan Bolger
  • Entertainment theology : new-edge spirituality in a digital democracy – Barry Taylor
  • Read the Gospel of Luke and The Book of Acts, it is the original “conservative & emergent” story in the bible.

Queries

  • What is one thing you see as a key to the future of Friends?
  • What do you love about the other Quaker branches?
  • Where have you seen these at work?
  • What are your stories of convergence?
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I need to compile a list of the ways to get connected for all of us around the world, here’s a couple for now:

The List Serve
The Facebook Group
Quaker Quaker Page
Quakerpedia

This site is set up to be a landing page and resource hub for those involved and/or interested in how some Quakers are seeking to re-appropriate our tradition in a postmodern society.