conversation last night at the canadian youth worker’s conference…
youth worker: my church is so terrified of anything emerging or emergent.
youth worker: yeah, my father-in-law is the chairman of the board, and my mother-in-law freaked out because i did a catacombs service with my youth group.
me: a catacombs service? like, an underground church thing?
youth worker: yeah.
me: i don’t get it. what’s ’emergent’ about that?
youth worker: that’s my point. it wasn’t emergent. but we used candles, because we were pretending to be an underground church. and my mother-in-law freaked that we used candles.
me: seriously? candles?
youth worker: yeah, she said using candles was emergent, and that i must have been reading brian mclaren.