I will be answering Rev Steve Stockman’s probing questions on the topic of “Emerging Christianity: What has it to Teach Northern Ireland Evangelicalism?” on Sunday 14 September at 7.00 pm at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast.
The discussion will draw on more than a decade of research on the Emerging Church Movement (ECM) and include findings from my latest book, co-authored with Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford 2014). The book has received positive reviews so far, and was the subject of an Authors Meet Critics session at the recent Association for the Sociology of Religion conference in San Francisco, as well as a talk at the First Congregational Church of San Jose.
I also expect that the work of the Ikon collective and one of its founders, Peter Rollins, will be up for discussion in Fitzroy.
You can read more about Rollins and Ikon in an article Gerardo and I wrote for the Journal of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions, “Northern Ireland, America and the Emerging Church Movement: Exploring the Significance of Peter Rollins and the Ikon Collective.”
A limited number of copies of The Deconstructed Church will be available at the discount price of £15 (regular £20 on Amazon).
(Image from an Ikon performance at Culture Night, Belfast. See: http://ikonbelfast.wordpress.com/)