23 May, 2007

"Together for A Bunch of Other Stuff" Conference to Be Held in 2009

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

In recent years cooperation between conservative and reformed evangelicals of various denominations has grown. Annual gatherings such as The Shepherd's Conference and Together for the Gospel have brought together names like C.J. Mahaney, John MacArthur, Ligon Duncan and Al Mohler just to name a few. While theological differences do exist between the respective denominations of these contemporary church leaders, the focus of a common bond in the faith has brought a newfound sense of unity to reformed churches across America.

But others outside the realm of conservative reformed Christianity have taken notice of the popularity of such conferences. Recently leaders of various liberal Christian churches from the United States and Canada gathered to discuss holding a conference in 2009 to be called Together for a Bunch of Other Stuff.

Liberal churches, which
have seen their memberships dwindle over the past decade, have long searched for ways to slow their decreasing size. The conference in 2009 is designed to be a show of unity between liberal churches in North America with hopes of bringing about a "revival of reconciliation."

"It's a shame that we haven't moved faster on this" said Rev. Mark Anthony Tallis, Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in San Diego. "For the past ten years I've watched parishioner after parishioner leave our church for these so-called evangelical churches. It's high time that we put aside our differences with these other denominations and start standing together for what's important, that is 'other things.'"

"Gospel, gospel, gospel, that's all we ever hear about from the other side" said Rev. Peter Hawkes of First United Church of Christ in Newport Beach, Florida. "What we need now in the world is love, not all this gospel business about sin and salvation."

The conference will be held in May of 2009 in San Diego and will feature the Rev Canon Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire. Other noted speakers will include the Rev. Cecil Williams, pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, and the Dali Lama. Representatives from various other denominations will also be present.

"Our goal is to show that we are united for what's really important out there in the world" said Rev. Williams. "We liberal Christians are out to show love, and spread harmony and reconciliation with tolerance towards all."

The cost of the conference is yet to be determined. Entertainment and "worship" music for the conference will be provided by Alanis Morissette.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

THIS IS A LIE!!! ALANIS WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT

Religion Roundtable said...

This probably is not too far off the mark from what will most likely happen some day.

I wonder if the new Jimmy Carter/Bill Clinton led Baptist faction will be joining them in San Diego?

Joshua A. Hitchcock said...

I heard that the conference "Together for a bunch of other stuff" will also include a dialogue or conversation by emergent church leader Brian McClaren. Also speaking at the conference includes Open Theist Clarck Pinnock, and homosexual defender Bishop John Shelby Spong.

Sewing said...

Well, first there has to be an ecumenical committee to get together to plan "Together for a Bunch of Other Stuff," which will result in Non-binding Resolution of Interdenominational Understanding. Then there'll have to be subcomittee to explore and come to a consensus on whether "Non-binding" is itself binding, and the patriarchal implications "Resolution," then a Memorandum of Understanding, then ....

Steven, said...

Sewing said, "Well, first there has to be an ecumenical committee to get together to plan "Together for a Bunch of Other Stuff," which will result in Non-binding Resolution of Interdenominational Understanding. Then there'll have to be subcomittee to explore and come to a consensus on whether "Non-binding" is itself binding, and the patriarchal implications "Resolution," then a Memorandum of Understanding, then ...."

And then, the whole process will be thrown into a loop because members of the subcommittee will fear that the language of the non-binding resolution might offend Palestinian suicide Bombers...

pilgrim said...

Now this is something that would make the world sit up and do other stuff--except to promote in the media about how tolerant they are--(except for those whose ideas of tolerance they don't share.)

Jesse Light said...

I heard there will be a special session led by Koko the Gorilla, who is soon to be the new pastor of Riverside Church.

Rev. said...

Jesse, that was a good one!

Joshua A. Hitchcock said...

Feel free to attend the conference store to purchase Joel Osteens best seller, your best teeth now, Koko the Gorillas autobiography, Net FInney, the Ephod, Google E-Bible, Fred Phelps cards, Frep Phelps talking doll, and many other incredible products. There will also be a doctor on staff to prescribe Calvinix to all struggling with reformed theology