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Monday, June 26, 2006
Hello from across the pond
I just wanted to say a quick hi from Ireland. I think most of the contributors on this blog are from North America. If there are any other readers from Europe, I'd love to know. I have only recently begun to explore the emergent conversation and I'm very excited. I have yet to find other women leaders of the emergent movement here in Ireland - all the people I've been in contact with here have been men.

By way of a short introduction, I'm currently doing the two year Local Preacher's Course with the Methodist Church in Ireland. It's a home study course with monthly meetings with others in my church who are also training. I belong to a multi ethnic city centre congregation in the centre of Dublin and what is most exciting about our group of trainees is that there is a high percentage of women and that there is also good representation of nationalities. It's thrilling to me that we have such an international flavour in our group as Dublin is now home to many foreign nationals - more so now than any other time in its history. I am amazed at all I am learning from my African and Asian sisters and brothers. What a privilege!

I'm a creative - I act, write and direct sometimes for money, often for nothing. I am also married to a creative trapped in the body of an IT professional! Our dream is to be able to follow our calling in creativity and host a retreat for others who struggle with the inevitable obstacles of the creative life.

It's great to be part of this blog, thank you for having me and I look forward from learning and sharing my experiences with you all.
posted by Miz Melly at 5:29 AM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 6/26/2006 08:54:00 AM, Blogger From the Margins

    Great to have you, Melanie, as part of our conversation. I'm looking forward to learning from you!
    A preaching class that meets at a home ... love the sound of that!

    Are homes a common meeting place for Christian community gatherings in Dublin?

    Thanks for joining us from the otherside of the BIG LAKE!

  • At 6/26/2006 09:54:00 AM, Blogger Michele L

    Hello! I think the one thing I love about this, is creating connections, I would not have had. It will be nice to have other perspectives from outside of my norm. It's amazing how much I have learned in a short amount of time about all kind of things, by opening up to conversation!
    Look forward to hearing more of your experience.

  • At 6/26/2006 10:25:00 AM, Blogger Julie

    thanks for posting. and just fyi - our stat counter shows that there are a handful of readers from Europe. I should add one of those spiffy map things that shows where people came from...

  • At 6/26/2006 11:01:00 AM, Blogger Jessica

    Hello Melanie,

    I'm not a contributing part of this blog since I have just recently started reading here but I have been a leader in an emergent church for a bit (I was an emerging leader before I got to an emergent church...). It's great to hear from you. Other than a tiny handful of women (such as Maggie Dawn)I was unaware of other women leaders in emergent in Europe. This fall my husband and I will be in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ireland, and England meeting with various missionaries and emergent leaders as we prepare to head to Europe (France specnifically) to start what we hope will become a Europe wide arts ministry that uses community arts centers for evangelism and equipping of local churches. We will be in Dublin visiting with leaders there about this possibility (they want us to start there) and would love to get to meet you if you are interested. Visit our blog and e-mail me if you think you may be interested.

    Thanks for sharing and keep the faith!


  • At 6/26/2006 11:06:00 AM, Blogger sylvia skinner

    So good to meet you, Melanie. How fun to have friends from "across the pond." That's pretty cute! Someday I hope to hop across and see your side of the world...it's always been a dream of mine. I wonder what's up with this "men are the only emerging leaders thing?" I was sort-of hoping it was just an American thing. Well, I think this blog is probably just a taste of many great emerging women leaders in this movement. Together, we will have to find ways to let our voices be heard. I think we can be encouraged that the conversation definitely seems to be "inclusive"--at least in theory. I am encouraged to hear all of your voices each time I return to this blog. I don't think people realize what can happen when some women get together...I think somehow the world gets changed!

  • At 6/26/2006 04:21:00 PM, Blogger Jessica

    Sorry to leave another comment, you may want to go check this out: http://maggidawn.typepad.com/maggidawn/2006/06/revgalblogpal.html

    Thanks to Maggie Dawn!

  • At 6/27/2006 04:40:00 AM, Blogger NYC TAXI SHOTS


  • At 6/27/2006 06:28:00 AM, Blogger lydia

    Welcome, Melanie.

    I'm continually suprised by how many artistic people I meet on this blog. Tres cool, as my SO would say (I'm from Canada). :)


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