YES, I’m still here. I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last posted to the Sunflower Chalice. Life just gets in the way sometimes. I’ve been dealing with a broken foot since just after Christmas and the bone was not stitching itself back together, so I had to have surgery. The foot developed a post surgical infection. That’s been one thing that has been going on. In addition to the usual church business, I am also preparing for my formal installation as the second called, settled minister at Pathways Church. What blogging time I have been able to log, I have had to devote to another project.
I am a member of a Unitarian Universalist ministers study group called The Greenfield Group. We must twice each year for a retreat/symposium and I am the chairperson of our upcoming April gathering – mostly due to the fact that group selected my topic for this symposium: The Emergent Church and New Media. We will be taking a look at the decade-plus movement within evangelical Christianity known as the Emergent Church and how it impacts and is related to Unitarian Universalism, 21st century global media culture and the impact of things web 2.0 and other emergent media on congregational life.
We are calling this convocation and the blog I created for it UU 2.0: The Emergent Church and New Media. The practice of Greenfield Group for many years has been to choose assigned readings, usually papers and books and for members to write papers and have a primary responder write a response to the work. This time, we are using only online material as primary reading and viewing and posting the work online for peer review. We will then discuss the work and the process at the convocation.
I hope my foot now cooperates in my travel plan to get me to the convocation back in New England.