Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Emerging Churches Redefining Community and Faith
Earlier this week, The Oregonian included an article on emerging churches: "Unchurched? Dechurched? Rechurched? Your prayers may be answered." The article begins:

Oregon is famous for beer, wine and berries, but also for the large percentage of Oregonians who are unchurched. Almost 25 percent of us claim we have no religious identity, compared to about 14 percent of Americans nationwide. A lot of us, as one study put it, are "nones." When someone asks us our religion, we reply, "None."

That doesn't mean we aren't spiritual people or we don't believe in God or an ultimate reality, or we don't worship. But it does mean a lot of us don't go to church, synagogue, mosque or temple on a regular basis.

All the reasons we are the way we are inspire countless religion stories. But this particular one is about a Christian movement that appeals to the unchurched, the dechurched and the rechurched among us. The emerging church, as it's often called, is redefining what the body of believers looks, feels and sounds like in post-modern Portland, in the suburbs and across the country.

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