Noted anarchist Tony Jones posts on the evolution of that entity in the U.S. currently called emergent. A couple of years studying dead white guys at Princeton and - BOOM - the guy can actually write commentary in a way that actually makes sense. Given the state of theology and ordained ministry, Tony may want to throw his hat into the ring for Dan Rather's gig.
On a neighborhood walk last week, I walked by a house I had passed by thousands of times and saw an image that captured in my mind's eye so much of the conversation in this North American diaspora from churchianity. I scrambled back to get my trusty digital camera, then played around with the image in Picasa and here 'tis.
A safe little gated community, playpen away from the traffic, with dwarves who no doubt have their Powerbooks, their blogs, their soul patches, their tats and their edgy lingo. They are all surrounding mother church, portrayed here as Snow White, having eaten the apple of efficiency and purpose and program and pledges and tax breaks, awakened by the kiss of a young prince who represents the millions of young people who grew up never having gone to the castle that is church. Notice the weeds growing all through a garden once tended and now left for greener pastures of unmet needs and evangelism kits. Even more unlikely, notice the cheesy St. Francis statue (no Photoshop tricks, promise), a rich person who threw it all away, stripped naked of privilege and blaze a trail of social justice and contemplation.