Such a small world I live in! A friend referred me to the Emerging Women Leaders Initiative website, which I blogged about in its apparent dormancy. A fellow P-town area blogger gave me a name of a person heavily involved in it. Another friend actually is attending seminary with her. And so I received a wonderful email last night due to the small, subtly-intricate way God weaves connections on this mortal coil.
Just to let yíall know (no, Iím not Southern, so I shouldnít use ìyíall.î But most of my relative hail from the Crimson Tide state, and I think that should count, though my parents fled the ìterrorsî of the south – you know: no quality mountains to backpack in and atrocious heat/humidity levels. Man, how people manage to survive down there. ðŸ™‚ ), hereís what Kelly had to say:
Our website fried and apparently there would be a several hundred dollar expense to resurrect the critter. This coincided with us completing the goals we aiming for in our EWLI stage one grant proposal on the Emergent Village site two years ago now, (as well as being out of $).
The increased profile and visible involvement of women in Emergent in these two years has phenomenal. EWLI stage two is low profile. As Emergent shifts a bit and identifies streams of emphasis, EWLI stage two will fold into the Diversity stream in order to more effectively integrate the EWLI values into Emergent. This could pave the way for a possible EWLI stage three with a more public focus again. We are also in the process of compiling a print journal from the EWLI National Consultation…
In the meantime I am delighted to say that because of EWLI events, a good number of women were encouraged and affirmed as leaders, and most importantly, forged networks and friendships they have maintained and built on. I know there are many, many more women who would love to have access to supportive networks and encouraging relationships. Because of this, as we conclude stage one we encourage all women who were inspired by the notion of EWLI, to gather groups of women from there vicinity around them. A number of women have and are doing just this which is sooo exciting! EWLI has no claim on the vital, creative, needed work of emerging women leaders everywhere, and where our work leaves off, we hope that others will pick up and do even more exciting things.
Here is a link to a great gathering coming up this spring…
I also received an email from a friend in Idaho who is involved in the great website Allelon. Heís issued a request for folks, particularly of the feminine variety, to weigh in with their thoughts of involvement or the lack thereof in the ìchurch that is emerging.î
Please login to Allelon. I began to ask questions about this issue and there are not many women entering into the forum. I would love to get your input. I am concerned that the leadership contributions of women so necessary for the emergent conversation to continue is not happening. There are even places where it is actively opposed. Sometimes out of a narrow theology, sometimes out of a lack of awareness. Either case, I’d like to invite you to join in.
I havenít had time to put forth any thoughts: itís been a crazy week. But things are percolating, and at some point, my cup oíjava will spill forth. Thereís something going on . . . something exciting . . . something that is fresh and undisturbed yet ancient and familiar all at the same time. I donít know what it is; I donít know if Iíll ever know; I donít know if Iím supposed to know. But thereís a definite calling ñ a movement ñ a gentle whisper in the ear giving direction and wisdom and bubbling joy. Do you hear it? What is it saying to you? Are you being faithful to respond?
ìIím feeling terrible ñ I couldnít feel worse! Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember? When I told my story, you responded; train me well in your deep wisdom. Help me understand these things inside and out so I can ponder your miracle-wonders. My sad lifeís dilapidated, a falling down bard; build me up again by your word. Barricade the road that goes Nowhere; grace me with your clear revelation. I choose the True road to Somewhere. I post your road signs at every curve and corner. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; God, donít let me down! Iíll run the course you lay out for me if youíll just show me how.î ~ Psalm 119: 25-32 (MSG)