We are excited to host Phyllis Tickle as she tells us about the future of Christianity in her new book, Emergence Christianity: What it is, where it’s going, and why it matters (click here to preorder) which will launch on September 1st of this year. Phyllis Tickle is regularly grouped alongside Brian McLaren and Diana Butler Bass as among the leading insightful commentators on the future of Christianity today (click here for her website). Tickle first became famous for putting the upheavals of our day (religious, theological, cultural) in a 3,000-year historical perspective in The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and why (2008) (click here to order this book). In the Great Emergence, she argued that Western Christianity when through a drastic upheaval every 500 years and she made the claim that the changes we see around us in 2012 are just as dramatic as the Reformation of the 1500s that changed world history and Christianity forever. In her new book, she picks up where she left off and focuses on contemporary manifestations of emergence around the world (there are at least 10 versions!), and she makes some predictions about the future shape of Christianity based on her research.
The press release for her book puts this way: “Whatever else one might say about Emergence Christianity, says Phyllis Tickle, one must agree it is shifting and re-configuring itself in such a prodigious way as to defy any final assessments or absolute pronouncements. Yet the insightful and well-read Tickle offers us a dispatch from the field to keep us informed of where Emergence Christianity now stands, where it may be going, and how it is aligning itself with other parts of God's church. Through her careful study and culture-watching, Tickle invites readers to join this investigation and conversation as open-minded explorers rather than fearful opponents.”
“As readers join Tickle down the winding stream of Emergence Christianity, they will discover fascinating insights into concerns, organizational patterns, theology, and most pressing questions. Anyone involved in an emergence church or a traditional one will find here a thorough and well-written account of where things are--and where they are going.”
About our conversation partner: Phyllis Tickle is founding editor of the religion department at Publishers Weekly where she became one of the visionaries (and promoters) behind the reemergence of religious book publishing as a major field of writing and publishing in the 1980s and 1990s (before that time, books on and about religion were ignored by national publishers). She is an author herself, writing more than two dozen books on the subject of religion including The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. She’s also spent much effort in making the church’s ancient prayers accessible to contemporary audiences in The Divine Hour series of manuals, including The Pocket Edition of The Divine Hours (Oxford University Press). She is frequently quoted and interviewed in such media outlets as the New York Times, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, CNN, C-SPAN, and PBS. You could make the argument that she’s a major actor in, as well as commentator of, American Christianity.
Besides being an author, she is a former college, lay minister, and popular speaker at national conferences. She served as many years as a college instructor and college Dean of Memphis School of the Arts. A lector and lay eucharistic minister in the Episcopal Church, she holds the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from both Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University and from North Park University. She makes her home on a small farm in Tennessee. For more information about the author and her argument and observations, go to www.phyllistickle.com (click here).
We are looking forward to this great event—join the conversation on the future of faith, self-understanding, and society with Phyllis Tickle!
Hope to see you there! –Glenn
Metro: Our venue is only 3 blocks from the North/Q Street exit of the Dupont Metro station. You walk east 2 blocks on Q Street, then turn south and go 1 block down 18th Str.
Parking Garages: There are lots of parking garages, but google for more information ahead of time since they each have different hours, etc.
Books for Sale: We'll have some discounted books for sale at the event.