This is the sort of thing that makes it very hard for me not to be very particular about the friends I keep: An Emergent Liberal Church. I deeply appreciate the open conversation to which the Emergent wing of the Emerging Church is dedicated, but seriously … a Unitarian Universalist Emergent Church?!? I journeyed pretty far behind that particular curtain, and what I discovered was and still is not pretty. Honestly, it is not. The flirtation between Unitarian Universalism and the Emergent wing of the Emerging Conversation is nearly enough for me to join the growing multitude and discount Emergent validity completely. Emergent isn’t Emerging, after all; said differently, the Emergent Village is only one expression of the larger Emerging Conversation.
I am presently a friend of the Village (which means I donate), but only carefully so because of this sort of association and/or potential association. Cautious is the word. Discernment is a very useful spiritual gift. Yes, you can be absolutely dedicated to authentically open conversation without spiraling downward into a ridiculous, cheap, and designer brand pluralism.
Besides, isn’t Unitarian Universalism’s proverbial quiver already chock-full of pointy appropriations and endless hyphenations? Do they really need one more? Do they really? Is this as creative as North American “liberal religion” gets? Thanks, but no thanks.