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Monday, May 22, 2006
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Congrats for a great idea and even better execution! Hopefully this will be a springboard for honest and thoughtful, sometimes difficult, conversations that bring more light than heat! I think a goal of 'proactive' or 'generatively constructive' is the way for emergent and denominational churches to go in all things. Toward that end, I'll share and ask for prayers and suggestions for a sliver of an project just in the very beginning conversation stage. I live just north of Duke University and Raleigh Durham. There is a group of emergent folks cohorting here already but the diversity issue there, as elsewhere in most emergent forums, is 'challenging' for some of us. Likewise, and probably more problemmatic, national news have highlighted Duke and the surrounding community's diversity/inclusiveness/tolerance issues to the light of day. We are just beginning conversations about a three-fold event (for lack of a better word) to name and address the diversity and tolerance issues of all three: emergent, Duke (the seminary mostly), and the community. The one (male) leader of emergent I've emailed has yet to respond, but we will be hopeful and hospitable in his behalf. Love to hear thoughts and impressions. And again, good job, Julie!
posted by mizliz at 9:02 AM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 5/23/2006 03:14:00 PM, Blogger Dsrtrosy

    Hello, ladies! I'm posting this in several locations, hoping for input!

    At Glorietta a call was made for a woman to volunteer to take over the women's web site or help to incorporate women's voices into the emergent web site. I'm the one who volunteered!

    The new emergent site will launch this summer, so I wanted to ask you all for help in developing the content/outline of our portion of it.

    This is what has been swimming around cyberspace since October--it's kind of rambling, but I'll try to clean it up a little. Also, keep in mind this is the ultimate dream--the reality will probably start out much simpler:

    Goals and Plans for the women’s web site

    1. Pray a lot!
    2. Converse with other women about the best use of a web site
    3. Merge with EmergentVillage?
    4. Re-name/re-identify as something springing out of, but still separate from, the Emerging Women’s Leadership Initiative
    5. Develop a new site with dynamic, up-to-date and relevant content
    This needs to include:
    a. Regular contributions/articles from numerous women
    b. Regular (weekly, monthly?) comments from Grace McLaren (we prefer audio to written)
    c. Message boards that are just for us
    d. Blog/journaling/message boards that are part of the rest of the site
    e. Ways to connect all that the women of emergent are doing with each other and the rest of the movement.
    f. Ways to connect men to what the emergent women are doing
    g. International tie-in; use the Women's section as a way to develop more diversity
    6. Provide an outlet for women's voices amongst ourselves, within Emergent and throughout the Church
    7. Map of the world--get input from all over

    Now for the dream pages (we may not be able to do all of this from the beginning, but this is my ultimate dream):

    Each week there will be between one and three new articles. I'll have a list of topics that we will rotate through in a month--for example, Parenting, Marriage, Women in Ministry, Worship, Theology, Men, Singles, Education, Diversity, International Issues, etc. I'll be working with the people who will be contributing regularly to compile the full list of topics. (Other ideas?)

    Most of these will be written, but we'd like to allow Grace to do an audio message. How do we do that and then how do we incorcorpate it? We'll do a "teaser" for each new article, then link to the article page. I'd like to be able to do a rotating archive as well, kind of like on the ooze. Keep issues of interest going. I'd like women to be able to comment on the articles as they are posted and read, and I'd like to have a way for women to contribute--journaling, I guess we'd call it. Then if someone's post really touches a chord, we can invite them to write an article.

    Message Boards
    Each topic area ought to have its own message board area just like on the ooze. New posts within each area will have complete freedom, but new topics and tie-ins to the articles will be part of what we moderate.

    International Issues/Event Maps
    Grace and I are talking about ways to encourage women in the emergent movement around the world. I would love to have a map of the world with clickable areas to send women to large areas with a calendar of events, links and even articles for that region. Grace has already started traveling with Brian and is getting some amazing stories from her sessions with women at each conference.

    What else do you want? What other dreams do you have for our site? What would you like to contribute? Let's start imagining!

  • At 5/23/2006 07:00:00 PM, Blogger a journey

    Hi Mizliz,
    Saw this on your profile as your favorite book ... 'the first emergent introductory reader written by a woman' interesting.

    I'm curious to hear more of what you envision that to look like ...

  • At 5/24/2006 12:04:00 AM, Blogger Charlotte Wyncoop

    Wow, sounds like a lot of work, but hopefully, well worth it.

  • At 5/24/2006 12:17:00 AM, Blogger Charlotte Wyncoop

    Some random thoughts, since it's really to late at night to have non random thoughts...

    My experience is that people that are the problem can't see clearly enough to solve the problem. What about bringing in experts on the social ills you are hoping to change and let them make their impact?

    FX channel just broadcast an original series called Black/White that was an interesting study on racism. They used makeup to swap a white family and a black family to let them try to live in each others worlds. I've been thinking about designing a "skin" workshop using the series as a jumping off point for conversation. Much of the six episode series revolved around identity and cross cultural communication issues.

    Anyway, I'm falling asleeeeeeep...


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