GodBlogCon has drawn to a close. My little session about emerging church blogs was a brief introduction to what the emerging church is about, and how blogging is being used to shape theology, Christian practices, and how followers of God in the way of Jesus can behave differently for the good of the world. Special thanks for subject matter expert Aaron Flores for being up front with me for the breakout session.
I think we were the only 2 emergent types in the GodBlogCon mix. Now, there were a few others who were emergent supportive or emergent friendly, including organizer Andy Jackson (who even changed his flight schedule to meet Tallskinnykiwi, who unfortunately didn’t make it). And a few more who were emergent curious. Some times I wondered if what we’re saying just plain doesn’t register. Maybe we should have stirred it up more, by throwing some bombs about being disaffected by the church, the way our buddy Will Samson did back in April at the IE21 conference – another event attended largely by traditional mainstream evangelicals.
The conversation got most interesting when we broached the topic of why there weren’t more emerging church bloggers at GodBlogCon, if blogging is such a significant catalyst for the forming of emerging church theology and practices. I made a mention of things I’ve heard about: the registration and travel costs; some plain couldn’t afford it (time and/or money); some might have been skittish because of the location (Biola University as an institution is not known as being emerging church friendly, tho’ they have held an event to foster some dialogue about emerging church in
April May 2005, to mixed reactions), or a bit uncomfortable with the majority of the response being from politically conservative, evangelical bloggers; event being scheduled too close with the Emergent Village gathering, which happened earlier on the same week. Lots of factors, granted. I can’t speak for everyone else, I can really only speak for myself. I came. And a special treat that Rudy “urbanonramps” Carrasco stopped by for 5 minutes too!
The AP wire picked up on the GodBlogCon event, ‘God Bloggers’ Head to National Conference, and I sat in front of the lady who reported on it. Rob rightly observed that: “Most was about how to use a blog to communicate Christian thought and use it in politics if you so chose.” Joel guest-blogged his political (and theological) reaction to GodBlogCon over at Bene Diction. I can say this, since I am politically ambivalent, that panelists were careful to exhort people to blog for Kingdom sake, and not for politics sake. That’s what I saw. But I’m not politically charged or politically sensitive, and do not see all religion as politics and all politics as religion. Some do.
So what can be done differently, and what would it take? That’s the question on the blogosphere table. The organizers sincerely want to do what they can to make GodBlogCon a place where a wide range of perspectives, theological and political, can come to dialogue. Your comments welcomed.