The blueporch conversation

the blueporch conversation

What is the conversation? The blueporch conversation has evolved into various people, in this collective of relationship, sharing what they are wrestling with, engaging in and conversing about as it relates to spirituality and following Jesus. At this point in the journey we are a collective of people from about 8 to 10 different expressions of spiritual community of different sizes from various geographical locations. We are from urban centers, small cities, rural communities and suburbs. Just like there is not one defined location, there is not one all encompassing conversation. There are several conversations around the experiment of following Jesus in a post modern context. It wouldn’t be post modern otherwise. The common denominator is we are wrestling, experimenting and exploring fresh ways to connect to the heart of the Father and His mission.

It seems much of the conversation of the experiment of church is around THEOLOGY, PRACTISE and IDENTITY. Those focused on THEOLOGY are wrestling and conversing with some firmly held assumptions. They are conversing about fresh ways of seeing the scriptures (narrative approach) while others are exploring ideas around authority as presented in Phyllis Tickle’s “The Great Emergence”. Others are hoping to wrestle with questions of eternal life, conversion, sacred/secular, redemption and holistic salvation as a start. Others are focused on PRACTISE. There are conversations around belonging in community, rhythms of community life, worship & prayer and living versus just believing declarations. Others are conversing around understanding what it means to live in exile, to pursue organic community or missonal living. Others feel the primary conversation is around authentic relationship as the core to mission and hospitality and welcome as the Kingdom life.

Others are focused on IDENTITY. That conversation is around how we posture ourselves with culture, around learing to embrace our humanity and walking in humility. The posture of living as servants, lovers of God, life and people. For some the conversation is around aspects of our spiritual identity being understood as every Christian seeing themselves as a leader. To some the conversation of identity is that God is a missional God, meaning we will be a missional people, if we are truly in relationship with him. Others feel if we become fully alive in our relationship with Jesus our lives will say what needs saying and that is the conversation.

The conversations are varied yet all important, though we may personally only connect to certain conversations in this experimental journey. Hopefully that helps spell out some of the blueporch journey.

At this point in the process we know many of you are following along in the blogs. We are able to know from the tracking that there are on average 90 – 100 views a week (up to mid May) of the blog site. What we haven’t been able to gauge is your readiness or desire to converse online. The comments are limited, though I know from talking to many of you, that you are reading. We thought we would stop and take a moment to allow you to anonymously help us with how we should continue to move forward.

Please humor us for a moment and pick ONE or SEVERAL of the following responses from the question ABOVE in the POLL. You can click on the “view results” to find out what others have checked. It just requires clicking (no words) to participate… and you remain anonymous.

Todd Rutkowski

~ by blueporch on May 26, 2010.

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