Sunday, December 30, 2007

Archives added

Just a quick note to say that I've added archives to the left margin to make it easier for blog readers to find older posts. Cheers!


Book tour, cohort networking opportunity

Speaking of "Everything Must Change," Brian McLaren is taking his book tour/discussion/networking opportunity to 11 cities in the U.S., including Chicago Friday, April 4 to Saturday, April 5 and Kansas City Friday, April 25 to Saturday, April 26.

First United Church of Oak Park is sponsoring the Chicago event. And YouthFront and Jacob’s Well Church are cohosting the Kansas City event.
Here's a link to the main tour site. And here's the schedule, which is essentially the same for all cities:


6 to 7 p.m. -- Reception, art exhibit in digital form, registration and resource center

7 to 9:30 p.m. -- Session 1 with music, drama, prayer, presentation by Brian, and conversation

9:30–10:30 p.m. – Q&A, Book signing, art exhibit in digital form, musical concert


7:29 to 8:19 a.m. -- Conversations over Coffee…first come first serve sign-up on-site:

Church Planters and Emergent Cohort members with Brian and GraceMcLaren: We will dialogue about the church emerging and the importance of co-horts and new church development, as well as share stories and connect with one another.

Faith Community Leaders interested in exploring Deep Shift coaching with Linnea Nilsen Capshaw: We will dialogue about the shifts needed for new and established organizations in this significant time of transition in our world and churches, and connect with one another.

8:30 to 9 a.m. – Art exhibit in digital form, resource center

9 to 10:30 a.m. – Session 2 with Brian and conversation

10:30 to 11 a.m. – Break, resource center

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Session 3 with Brian and local guests

12 to 1 p.m. – Lunch and conversation

1 to 2 p.m. – Session 4, Guided Experience for reflection using art with Linnea

2 to 2:30 p.m. – Break, resource center

2:30 to 4:15 p.m. – Session 5 with Brian, music, prayer, reflection and conversation, worship and invitation

4:15 to 5 p.m. – Resource center, book signing, art exhibit in digital form

The Kansas City gathering will include a chance Sunday afternoon to "Connect This" with all we've learned and experienced at the tour. Tour sponsors, including the Sierra Club, Sojourners and Faith at Work, will be hosting these outings unique to each city, from about 1 to 4 p.m., to create an immediate opportunity for conference participants–with the sense of community that has already been established during the conference–to observe the principles discussed during the tour and how they are inextricably connected to one another…integration and application.

I'm interested in carpooling if anyone else is interested in going to either of those locations (I'm partial to the Kansas City tour) -- email me and let me know, even if you're reading this and aren't formally part of the Eastern Iowa Emergent Cohort.

Apparently we've already missed the 'early bird' sign-up, but we can still get a "just in time" rate of $99. Students can get in for $79 with a student ID. Also, scholarships are available for anyone who can't afford to attend. For more info on that, fire an email off to

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Everything Must Change

A belated Merry Christmas to my Eastern Iowa Cohort group and any visitors. And a wish for the new year -- that we can rejuvenate our group, increase and broaden participation in our conversation, commit to regular meetings and post much more regularly to this blog. I'm eager to see us get back on track, and I invite anyone reading this to email me or post to let me know if you're on board. I especially urge any "lurkers" to step out of the shadows and introduce themselves. We'd love to have you join us!

In the meantime, I'm reading through Brian McLaren's new book and am interested in knowing if anyone else is reading it and what they think. 

Let's keep the conversation alive!