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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Emerging Church Conference

Day Two, cont'd.

Rohr went on to talk about how there is no homeostasis in the universe, everything is change/adaptation/adjustment.

Literalism is always a decrease in meaning, because it tries to reduce the meaning to one dimension.

The next presenter was Suzanne Stabile, subbing for Diana Butler Bass, who had a death in the family and couldn't make it. She talked about liminal space, a place of anti-structure where transformation happens. Nothing new happens as long as we are in our comfort zones. It is the ultimate and perhaps the only teachable space. But our culture abhors liminality. We need to let the church stay in its liminal zone for a while. Don't try and resolve it too soon.

Brian McLaren finished up the day with the evening session. His presentation was balanced by brilliant and funny skits by Ted Schwartz. McLaren's point was that there was a unity that preceded dualism, and a unity that is beyond dualism. Temporary Autonomous Zones are places where the normal patterns of homogeneity and hegemony break down in an acceptance of wild diversity.

Living by duality makes us destructive. The kind of "knowledge" the people acquire in Genesis 3 (duality of good and evil) is recognized and counteracted by Jesus. For the apostle Paul, Christ destroyed duality and established unity. McLaren referenced 1 Cor. 8:1-11, 1 Cor. 12, and Ephesians 2:11ff, and finally 1 Cor. 13. The way to get to the unity beyond duality is love. Knowledge will pass away.

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