wow – how cool. noted religion columnist terry mattingly wrote his column this week about the content of the talk phyllis tickle gave at the atlanta national youth workers convention.
Church leaders who can do the math should be looking over their shoulders about now, argued Tickle, speaking to clergy, educators and lay leaders at the recent National Youth Workers Convention in Atlanta.
funny, my friend tony sent me the text of the column in an email, and when i got to the quote where phyllis talks about some guy sailing west and west and west and not falling off the dad gum thing,” i thought, “oh, that’s the same line she used at our convention. then i realized mattingly was actually using that quote FROM our convention! ha.
i have no idea how he got this general session talk or heard about it — i’m very intrigued.
the column is a great summary of the talk in a short amount of space. there was a good amount of discussion about it in the comments on this post, by the way.
here’s a tidbit from mattingly’s column:
This kind of revolution, said Tickle, doesn’t mean “any one of those forms of earlier Christianity ever ceases to be. It simply means that every time we have one of these great upheavals … whatever was the dominant form of Christianity loses its pride of place and gives way to something new. What’s giving way, right now, is Protestantism as you and I have always known it.”