Monday, May 30, 2005

June Cohort Gathering

Our next cohort gathering will be this Thursday, June 2 from 11:30-1:00.
We're meeting at the Frothy Monkey on 12th Ave. S.
We'll have tables set up on the patio so come through the restaurant toward the back to find us. Again,
I am tall bald with black glasses.

Our topic this month: Ways of doing and being church (ecclesiology if you're nasty) in within our cultural current context (re: emerging). Jay Voorhees will make a few statements to get our conversation rolling.

Also, Jonathan Norman will lead us in a devotional or sorts.

For directions to:
Frothy Monkey Coffeehouse
2509 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
(615) 292-1808

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  • Thursday, May 05, 2005

    Welcome to the Nashville Cohort!

    We are a gathering point for conversation surrounding the emerging church here in Nashville.
    The way the blog is set up is that each post represents an area for Brain Storming and further conversation based on decisions and questions we asked at our first gathering. We are becoming.

    Our first gathering yielded many great things. One was the following 5 "thesis" for the way we would like to have life together.

    We agreed that our cohort will seek to be:
    - As constructive as it is deconstructive.

    - Space for authentic and vehement questioning while trying to avoid gatherings being simply a bitch session.

    - A people of praxis. The Cohort will involve elements of corporate worship, sharing from each of our traditions and try to avoid the "over-itellectualism" that can dominate this conversation.

    - Diverse. We recognize our responsibility in broadening the diversity of our group and will actively pursue such opportunities.

    - Formative. None of us need "another meeting" in our week. Our desire to have the cohort exist as something that forms us more into the image of Jesus. We will intentionally to participate in it as such.

    Post here to add, tweak or comment. Welcome to the cohort

    The Nashville Cohort "On-Ramp Reading List"

    These are our community's recommendations to those beginning this conversation with us here in Nashville. Our "on-ramp reading list" should represent what our community sees as most helpful given our context.

    Post here to suggest a book or email dixon (

    For a more comprehensive list visit

    ¿What Are We Going to Do?

    Initially our gathering will be centered around different topics germane to the emerging church conversation.
    We all agreed that time at the cohort will be about pushing farther into these ideas to find more beautiful and challenging conclusions. We will all seek to move beyond our preconceived opinions, statements and even questions.

    Topics Suggested:
    - Soiteriology
    - Ecclesiology
    - Consumerism
    - Involving the senses in Worship
    - Worship Style
    - Spiritual Formation

    Post here to suggest more.

    ¿Time and Day?

    The Nashville Cohort will continue meeting over lunch from 11:30-1:00 on the first Thursday's of each month.

    This may be tweaked for our June meeting, but following that we'll continue on first Thursdays.

    Post here to react or respond.


    At our gathering we decided that consistency, geography (in Nashville proper) and parking were the biggest factors in our meeting place. We also considered making a prophetic statement with our meeting place.

    Suggested locals were:
    - The Scarrit-Bennett Center
    - Rocketown
    - Bongo Java
    - The Upper Room
    - The Flying Saucer

    Post here with other suggestions. We'll have something nailed down by the end of the month in time for our next meeting.

    Tuesday, May 03, 2005

    Cohort Tomorrow

    If you're coming to the Cohort Meeting at Alketor May 4, head to the back room. We have some tables reserved and look for Dixon who is tall, bald with balck glasses.

    See you there.