Friday, April 17, 2009

Baltimore cohort is multiplying!!!!

Hello all! I have some exciting news to share with everyone. The Baltimore Emergent Cohort is about to multiply. The cohort has met in two main places over the last 4 years: first, at the Bare Bones Grill in Ellicott City and most recently at Chesapeake Wine Co. in Baltimore City. Now there are people who are interested in facilitating these conversations both in the Ellicott city-area and in Baltimore city. Personally, I will be moving at the end of May to Charlottesville, Virginia to pursue a Ph.D in Theology, Ethics, & Culture. I will miss the monthly opportunities to facilitate these conversations with you all and the many discussions we had. I am excited for these new options believe that these two cohorts will offer distinct opportunities for people seeking to converse about the church that is emerging in the Baltimore-area. The two 'new' cohorts will both be meeting during the last week in April: Maryland Cohort of the Emergent Church This branch of the former Baltimore Cohort will meet to discuss and engage in action around what is emerging in both theory and practice in the church today. It will be a monthly gathering to hear and learn from each other and from what is coming into view through the conversation of the church and the world. This will be an opportunity to create a laboratory of learning and practice for what church can be today. Rod Miller is serving as the convener. You may reach him at: Roderick (dot) miller (at) verizon (dot) net The Maryland Cohort of the Emergent Church will meet on Monday, April 27 @ 7 pm at Bare Bones Grill: 9150 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042, Phone: 410/461-0770. Future meeting dates are: June 1st and June 29th, also at 7pm at Bare Bones Grill. Baltimore City Emergent Cohort This cohort will focus on issues of life, faith, and theology that are emerging both within and outside conventional church structures and will (by virtue of its location) have more of an urban feel and approach. The Baltimore City Emergent Cohort will meet on Thursday, April 30th @ 7:30pm at the Chesapeake Wine Co. (2400 Boston St., Baltimore 21224). Joan Stiles is going to organize this cohort. If you know you want to learn more about either cohort, I encourage you to e-mail Rod and/or Joan. If you do not want to hear any more about cohorts in Baltimore, just reply to this e-mail with 'unsubscribe'. Thanks everyone, it's been a pleasure. Tim