Friday, July 08, 2005

emergent west michigan -- plans & hopes...

emerging church friends,

~ our next monthly gathering is Wednesday, July 13 @ 10:30 a.m. (at the Bite – downtown Grand Rapids).
--> Professor Mike Wittmer of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary will be joining us.
~ continued web conversation at We want you to post!

longer term plans:
~ Monday night, September 12, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Brian McLaren will be joining us to discuss the past, present, and future of emergent. Place – Schuler Books on 28th Street. This gathering will be free and open to everyone. (more details later)

~ Wednesday morning, September 14, 10:30 a.m., continuation of the discussion from Monday night…

longer term hopes:
~ A night or weekend gathering once every couple of months for those who are not able to make the Wednesday morning gatherings. If you are interested in helping make this a reality, send me an e-mail.
~ emergent women’s initiative: what might this look like within our west michigan context?

…three events worthy of noting here!

~ Rob Bell @ Mars Hill on July 18 ~

Hey friend who has expressed interest in talking about God, teaching and life,

I’m doing a one day “I’ll talk about whatever you want to” at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday, July 18, 2005 from 9am to 5pm. Email me topics, questions, and whatever you’d love to hear about and I’ll craft the day around your emails. I’ll also stop throughout the day for short breaks and you can write down any new questions and slide them to me. This will be the most simple, stripped down affair you can imagine while still fully clothed. There will be a lunch break (there are a few restaurants within walking distance), otherwise we’ll go from nine to five.

Rob Bell
Cost: Nada / Registration: Email and tell us you’re coming.
Register and send topics and questions to:
Chris duMond -
Do not contact Mars Hill because they will send you to


~ Brian McLaren, Mike Wittmer, Ed Dobson @ GRTS
(grand rapids theological seminary) on September 12 ~

Talking Points
“What is Emerging?: A Conversation about a New Kind of Church”
Monday, September 12, 2005, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is pleased to present Talking Points, a one-day seminar designed for ministry leaders who desire to reflect critically about ministry in the twenty-first century… Cost is only $25 if you register online:
In addition, Steve Argue will be moderating one of the sessions during the day!

~ Emergent Gathering, Glorietta, New Mexico; Oct. 10-13, 2005

Click on the above link for more info.
Cost: Registration is $0. Housing and airfare are still other than free.
Kathy and I attended the past two years. It has been a great combination of vacation, connecting and reconnecting, and moving us further into this journey of missional life.


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