What is the deal with “Emergent?”
I will acknowledge that I haven’t read any actual books about the Emergent (or Emerging?) Church. This morning I read something on maggi dawn’s blog that pointed me to Rachelle, whose post had a supposedly funny comment, explaining what it really is.
Now I’ll admit I’m getting a superficial understanding of the movement by reading blogs. So help me out here. If it’s not a bunch of white guys who, in private moments, like to indulge in theo-speak mixed with curse words while drinking Guinness, fashioning themselves as some sort of latter-day Inklings, while putting on either mediatastic or beautifully simple worship, who stay on top of trends and are pseudo-hip even though we all know that being church folk argues against that possibility, and are no different than generations of tall white guys who fail to hear the voices of women, people of color, the poor and people otherwise marginalized, and who absolutely nowhere have anything to say about inclusivity for GLBT people–please straighten me out and point me to a resource that will say otherwise. I’ve been reading things that people who call themselves Emergent/Emerging are writing, and that’s the impression I have received.
I’m reminded of asking my first husband, many years ago, what the whole UFO thing was about, and having him essentially cock an eyebrow, Mr. Spock-like, and suggest that I need not worry about such things, which were far too metaphysical for my pretty little head. I will admit that I was 22 at the time, and my head was about as pretty as it’s ever been, but still…
Help me out here, and no cocking the eyebrows, please.