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By Kristy Harding
The Ooze posted an incredibly interesting interview with Phyllis Tickle yesterday called, “Beyond Denominations, the Hyphenated Church.” In it she posits that the Protestant denominations are like the Church in Jerusalem and the emergence is like the Church in Antioch, and the Protestant denominations have the obligation to bless the emergence like the Church in Jerusalem passed the torch to the Church in Antioch.

Of course, we don’t know what is actually going to happen, but she presented several alternative models of what the response could be.

Here are theories she posited–with names I made up for ease of discussion:

The Ring Model: With a group of “hyphenated emergence Christians” within the denominations being on the periphery of the larger emergence movement.

Protestant Leaders in Diaspora Model: A movement of Protestant leaders streaming into the emergence movement and bringing the charisms of their native denominations to the emergence and influencing it.

The Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Model: The emergence and Protestantism exist side-by-side like Protestantism and Catholicism do now.

While it’s possible that these models are the wave of the future, I believe that all of these models are happening simultaneously right now.



By Kristy HardingDignitas clinic

Two weeks ago today Sir Edward and Lady Joan Downes ended their lives at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich. By now the story has been sufficiently sliced and diced by the press that the shock has worn off for those of us who didn’t know the couple personally, but the question remains: Shouldn’t the church be able to look at these deaths and say something more helpful than, “Sir Edward and Lady Joan died, and this is sad, sad news“?


By Kristy Harding

          Starting on July 8th, anyone with any interest in Episcopal Church politics (who isn’t actually in Anaheim, CA) will be feverishly stalking the intertubes for word of what’s happening at General Convention, our once-every-three-years governing gathering. Continuing the recent Anglican “Wonderful Things that Come From Africa” trend, this year’s theme is “Ubuntu,” which roughly translates “I am because we are.”

Because I’m married to a programmer, I can’t hear “Ubuntu” without thinking of the open source movement because Ubuntu is the name of a particularly good distribution of the open source Linux operating system.

I’m not the first person to connect church with the open source movement, but most of what I see online has to do with building emergent theology from scratch and making sermons and materials and software available. This is great, but it made me wonder:

What would happen, if we took the Ubuntu theme and really embraced the philosophy, having a truly “Open Source Church”? (more…)