Participatory Spirituality for the 21st Century
The Suquamish United Church of Christ, pastored by Tom Thresher (whom I have mentioned here before), is an emergent "Integral Church."
From the website:"Integral Church" embodies the full potential of the human experience, the cultural stories that give us meaning, the behaviors that serve humanity, and the social dynamics of a caring community.
A central dynamic of this church — and likely any church seeking to become more integrally informed — is a sense of playfulness. Our playfulness stems from our willingness to not take ourselves too seriously.
By willingly subjecting our views, opinions and beliefs to loving challenge we open ourselves to new possibilities and increasingly direct connection with the Divine.
Here's a video on the evolving church.
Here's another "Integral Church," and you'll see if you click the link that the pastor there has just published a book on Integral Christianity:
Oh, wow: that Broadway Church is in Kansas City, my hometown! And in the "arty" part of town. :) I will have to check it out next time I'm visiting my family there.
Paul Smith is also one of the students in the Integral Christianity web course that is going on right now, with Leslie Hershberger as teacher and facilitator. (Yes, I'm taking the course. But I'm behind. Of course!)
interesting. geneaology means shit. don't even try to back track.