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The Hyphenateds: How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practices Paperback

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (December 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827214898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827214897
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I m normally an upbeat person, but I get a little depressed when I see religious communities retrenching, reacting, defending, and engaging in more boundary-maintenance than bridge-building. That s why I find this volume so helpful and hopeful. It s about faith communities exploring, creating, admitting faults, and bridging divides on all sides. You ll meet Christian leaders who are obviously bright, passionately committed, and downright fascinating, people I m so glad to know as companions in this wild journey of emergence. --Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist (

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Phil Snider has served as senior minister of Brentwood Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 2003. Phil received his undergraduate degree from Missouri State University (Springfield, MO), then earned his masters degree at Phillips Theological Seminary (Tulsa, OK) and doctorate at Chicago Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cornwall on January 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's no secret that Mainline Protestantism has experienced significant decline over the past fifty years. If you've been to a typical Mainline church you'll likely notice that those present are relatively order than the general population. Many pundits have put this branch of the Christian community on a death watch. Although the theology and social views (especially on issues such as homosexuality) of this brand of Christianity would seem to position it well to attract younger generations (GenX and Millennials), such has not been the case. Despite attempts to contemporize worship and become less traditional, these churches (my church) continue to struggle.

Phil Snider, a Disciples of Christ pastor, with Emergent inclinations has gathered together a set of essays written by other Emergent-inclined Mainliners. The Emergent Church movement had its birth among younger evangelicals who found the theological and social constraints of evangelicalism problematic. As they "moved left," they began to encounter younger Mainline Protestants who also were on a journey toward something new and engaging. They are not, Snider insists, "abandoning the traditions that have shaped them; rather they are attempting to faithfully appropriate their beloved traditions in new and innovative ways." They are, he suggests, seeking to retradition the church so that new life can emerge (p. xvi) As a result of these conversations a new breed of Mainliner developed - a hyphenated Emergent-Mainliner. Thus we have Presby-mergents, Luther-mergents, [D]mergents, Angli-mergents, and more.

The book, which carries a foreword by Phyllis Tickle and an afterword from Doug Pagitt, contains essays from thirteen Emergent Mainliners.
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