Posts Tagged ‘Phoenix Affirmations’

On my way to the Land Down Under!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Welcome to the Australia Tour blog!  I’m just waiting in Omaha’s Eppley Airfield for my flight to Dallas, then on to Brisbane and finally to my first destination, Melbourne, Australia.  The flight between Dallas and Brisbane is 16 hours, then another couple to Melbourne, but I’m ready.  My friend, Rod Dungan, who served Countryside as Interim Associate Minister for a few months before Rev. Alexander came, gave me his recipe for the perfect international flight: Drink two glasses of water and one glass of red wine every hour.   Sounds fun, but I think not!  I didn’t get to sleep last night until around 4:30 am, so I think I’ll do just fine sleeping …

So here I am, in case you’ve already forgotten what I look like …

In case you’re wondering where I’ll be, here’s the basic itinerary (I’ve listed the exact times and locations where I have them, for those of you who may be in the area. Sorry I don’t have all the specifics.):

Saturday, Sept 22: Melbourne. Learning Festival: What Progressive Faith Communities Can Look Like In Practice 9:30am to 4pm at Kingswood College Senior School Centre, 355 Station Street, Box Hill

Sunday, Sept 23: Melbourne. Preaching at Ewing Memorial Church 10.00am. 59 Burke Road, East Malvern

Tuesday, Sept 25: Perth.  2 workshops: Faith and Popular Culture, Post Modern Spirituality, Technology & Worship

Thursday, Sept 27: Darwin. 3 workshops:  From the Areopagus to Aerospace: Incarnational Worship in a Post-Christian World (Daytime), Jesus Goes to the Movies (evening)

Sunday, Sept 30: Melbourne area.  Preaching at Toorak and Glen Waverley Uniting Church; “Darkwood Brew Unfiltered” event (evening). 603 Toorak Road, Toorak. 4.30pm. Cnr. Bogong Ave & Kingsway, Glen Waverley

Monday, Oct 1: Melbourne: The Incarnational Church: An Emerging, Mainline Worship and Ministry Paradigm for the 21st Century Event starts at 9.00am. CTM, 29 College Crescent, Parkville

Tuesday, Oct 2: Canberra. “Faith, Technology, and Darkwood Brew” Evening workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 3 – Thursday, Oct 4: Canberra: “From Inward Illumination to Outward Service” (over 1 and half days).

Friday, Oct 5: Adelaide.  “The World’s Most Dangerous Bible Study” (daytime) and PCNet Forum: “Lightning in a Dark Wood” (evening)

Sunday, Oct 7: Adelaide. 3 events: Creative Worship at Pilgrim Church; “Pilgrim Pathways” Forum; “Listening for the Spirit in a Skeptical Age: Was it God Talking or Just the Pizza?”

I’m out of breath just looking at the list!  But I’m looking forward to it.  My writings (especially The Phoenix Affirmations) and work on experiential worship has connected me with a lot of folks from Australia over the years.  I’ve never had a chance to meet more than the few who have come to the U.S. for a visit.  So I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends, and meeting new friends who are really old friends whom I never knew I had!

I’ll return to the U.S. on October 8th, recover for a day, then be back at Countryside on Wednesday, October 10th.  I miss you all already!

Toward a profound emergence

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Today the UC News published an editorial I wrote called “Toward a profound emergence,” which gives the top 5 reasons why I believe Christianity is morphing into a new, more exciting form.  Countrysider’s won’t find any surprises in it, but in case you’d like to read it or send a link to friends, you can find it at

This article is part of a handful that I’ve been asked to write by the UCC in 2010.  If you find the article helpful, I encourage you to pass it on to others through email, Facebook, etc.  Thanks!

- Eric