I just got back home from a night full of energy and new faces. Our first session at The New Conspirators went really well.
The new sanctuary of Bethany Community Church was full. There were a wide range of ages and background. For me the age thing is very important because for a time this reimagining, and dreaming of new expressions of christianity was label as just a generational thing. But the paradigm shift is real and it is not only experienced by young people, it is been embrace by many postmoderns old and young.
I was impressed to hear how far people have come to be part of this Festival of the Imagingation. There are people from Texas, California, Michigan, Republica Dominicana, Costa Rica, Vancouver BC and New Zealand among others.
The night started with a clip from Strictly Ballroom. David Laird did a fantastic job with the montage of images from the film. The movie is about a young ballroom dancer who is want to dance his own steps and not be boxed by the old way of dancing. From the film, Tom Sine took us into a brief description of the 4 streams to be explore in during the conference. The streams are not in any way, shape or form separate, they are interconnected and in many ways interdependent. The streams we are talking about are – emerging, missional, monastic and multicultural expression of christian spirituality and church. Tom did a good job with the introduction to the conference. He can pack so much information and is so eager to share it with people, that sometime the content of his talk can be a bit overwhelming. But that didn’t happen tonight. There was some time in the evening for people to ask some questions about how to engage in creative ways to give expression to the Kingdom.
After the presentation, the rest of the presenters came up to introduce themselves and talk a bit about their workshops (or Conspiracy Sessions as we are calling it).
Christine Sine led us in a litany for peace and wholeness as we closed the official part of the event with evening prayer. Afterward people had a chance to network and connect in the Common Space.
While on my way to find my ride, I was approached by an Episcopal Priest who is interested in the emerging church and wanted to start a conversation, sadly I didn’t had much time to talk but we will connect soon.
I’m looking forward spending time with my new found friends Roy Soto and Tomas Yaccino, 2 locos, from La Red del Camino – a network of friends and churches embodying God’s Kingdom in Latin America.
Update: You can see some photos of the event here.