The NuDunkers, a group of Brethren missional organic intellectuals who are gathering into something of a renewal movement within the Church of the Brethren, went live this morning. Five of us participated in a Google Hangout videochat that streamed to YouTube in real-time, and is still available for viewing and conversation.
I served as the "elder" for this first conversation, which is something of a synthesis of hostess and facilitator, bringing the questions and keeping the conversation going. Elder responsibilities also include sharing the main post-hangout blog space for continued discussion, and thus, this post.
Here's the recorded Hangout:
Just a couple of reflections on this initial public hangout, which was a bit meta-level, about what NuDunkers is and what we hope it might provide space for:
First, I just like these guys, and I like hanging out with them. Matt McKimmy's observation about the discussion was that all of this is grounded in relationship. This is conversation, he said, going on between people who "either care about each other already, or WANT to care about each other."And that's exactly it - I want to find ways to be in relationship with people who may be far from me - geographically, relationally, theologically. I want to find ways to be in relationship, and I want to be able to care about them.
Second, we talked a fair bit about NuDunker discussions being, first, a sort of generous, hospitable space: no real agenda for advocacy, no polity implications, no decision-making apparatus with time-sensitive schedules attached, but an open-ended conversation free to roam as widely and as deeply as those involved want it to be. Of course we'll have structure - an elder, a topic, an hour-long timeframe for the initial group chat - but the point of the conversation IS the conversation. And all are welcome to join in.
Third, I'm eager to throw questions with a bit less meta-level ramification into this forum. I'm excited to talk in this way about the stuff of theology and ministry and life of the church: the Spirit's movement and the shape of a congregation and the theological implications of voting, and whatever other things of importance are shaping our lives.
And, for some continued conversation:
An article by Philip Clayton that Josh referenced: Theology and the Church After Google
Now: What are y'all thinking?
EDIT: Andy, Josh and Brian have all posted their own reflections on our first Hangout: