Sunday, April 27, 2008

First Cohort Meet & Greet!

Well, even with a little hiccup last night with The Camel, the Richmond Cohort had its very first meet and greet at The Village Cafe. I think it was a success, with 13 people coming out! After we went around and introduced ourselves, Katryna asked us: 1. Why we came to the cohort? and 2. What we wanted to get out of the monthly meetings? Here are the responses:

*Provocative, network w/ like-minded, more real, interesting people
*Someone brought me here
*Conversations about a Biblical model of justice
*Outreach to Christians who are unchurched, not traditional, burned out on traditional church
*Don't get support for what they are doing @ their own church
*In her church, breaking away from tradition. Church needs to change.
*Acceptance & unconditional love
*"This is crap", speaking of traditional church
*I have a lot of issues with the church and want to move beyond anger & bitterness. I don't fit in most churches.
*Positive change
*Bored, more active participant, non-traditional
*Bored, mad @ GOD, stopped going to church, "not fit", traditional roots in new ways. Church is still highly PATRIARCHIAL. Need more expansive imagery of GOD.
*More diversity: race, ethnic, GLBTQ, different beliefs/non-belief welcome and accepted AND NOT expected to change.
*Safe place to doubt and question faith/beliefs, et. al.

The funny thing to me was that the women outnumbered the men at our meeting, which from my personal experience in emergent circles, is a rarity! Now we need even more diversity!

Thanks to everyone who came out and made our first meeting such a success!

See you all next month!

Adele aka Existential Punk


Jason Rodriguez said...

I was not able to make it, and I was not happy about it. It sounds like this is going to be a great thing. I wish that this can become a wide spread event that can be used to help those in need. I can not wait untill the next one, and I will make sure to make it. Jason R

Greg said...

*More diversity: race, ethnic, GLBTQ, different beliefs/non-belief welcome and accepted AND NOT expected to change.

Forgive me but could you explain the above comment please. I am a Christian who came to be one on the understanding given by God through the holy spirit that I FUNDAMENTALLY needed to change.

Also, the church is not a club. Read Acts 5:12 and following.

I think you should pay particular attention to the words " No one dared join them even though"
he Apostles Heal Many
12The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade. 13No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.

Be careful what you preach.