Monday, July 03, 2006

What is a Po-mo?

A po-mo is a "post-modern".

Emergent Church services (at least the one I attended in Calgary) feature coffee-shop style seating, coloured lights, candles, locally created music and visual arts, "Eucharist" at the end of every service (serve yourself) and interactive sermons. It is really an honest attempt to "fix" the modern church.

What I most appreciated was the attempt at creating community; we were encouraged to turn to each other for support, not only attending Bible study together but also hanging out, going to movies, etc. I know it sounds forced (why would you need to encourage community?) but a lot of people who go to church together never bother with each other outside of that place.

When I discovered Orthodoxy, suddenly the need to fix the Church evaporated since it was never broken, and I hope that current po-mos will discover this amazing secret too!

5 comments:

elizabeth said...

wow. serve your self communion; i almost gasped outloud at reading that line!

well; the church is wonderful; but there are problems too (i feel that since i am orthodox i can say this)... things are not always as glowing as they may first appear, though i do NOT regret my conversion or seek to go else where; i am just aware that things do and can still go wrong...

Matthew Francis said...

Brad Jersak, from out your way, has a poignant article on this topic over on
Clarion.

Ostensive Lime said...

haha, funny when i read this i was going to make the EXACT comment you made, matthew!

also funny, i think this is the first time i've commented on the st. herman's blog.
what a ridiculous first comment!

hello lovely people.
-m

elizabeth said...

wow. read the article MF refered to; thanks. shows me how little, very little i know; someday maybe i will read more theology...

for now, may i remember that i know so little, and of that little seem to only see it through my own eyes...

Matthew Francis said...

Hey there Limey!

Do you know Brad? Great guy... I went to this Peace forum that he and Vladika Lazar put together in Vancouver a couple of years ago. Brad was wearing dark shades because he'd had lazer eye surgery that day. Both of them gave these amazing talks, along with a Jewish scholar. And then I remembered that I'd actually been to a conference a decade earlier that Brad had put on at Bethel Mennonite Church in (I think) Aldergrove. Life is funny sometimes. Anyway, for what it's worth, I see Brad's kind of thoughtful, generous, and courageous Evangelicalism as being a great ally (sp?) to Orthodoxy's mission in our culture today.