11B Elements in the Emergent/Progressive Industrial Complex

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UPDATE: The Purposes and Thinking Behind This Page

UPDATE – MARCH 01, 2015. Because this site and this page have been assembled in stages, it has probably not been clear enough about why this particular page is here and why it is set up the way it is. Here is some of my thinking behind this page, and key purposes I had in mind for it:

  • After you have gone through page 10 on what a “Christian Industrial Complex” is and what elements it would contain, then this page gives a chronological register of primary historical sources to entities, events, and individuals that seem relevant to what became the Emergent/Progressive Movement and the related “brand” that some have called the Emergent/Progressive Industrial Complex – even if they are not official Emergent Village events.
  • Going through the materials in these various lists will help establish who is involved, what has happened, what theological and ministry themes seem to dominate this movement’s paradigm, and other patterns.
  • It isn’t always apparent in the midst of an event that it will later be seen as important. So, I selected many of the items highlighted here in retrospect by seeing in more recent sources what older items people referred to, and then I worked my way backward toward those entities and events.
  • Similarly, with key people, some of the interconnections were worked backward, starting with the list of individuals who posted statements in support of Tony Jones on the WhyTony Scribd site and the TruthAboutTony Storify site.
  • This page is about the whole Emergent/Progressive Movement, not just about Tony Jones – although it is apparent that he is one of the core people in it.
  • This has a do-it-yourself exercise that could prove very informative. Readers will likely see things in it that I haven’t, just because that’s the way communal discernment works – building a more detailed and nuanced composite/mosaic, based on the differing experiences, learning styles, and spiritual giftings of those who participate.
  • All together, this process parallels what I used to come to my conclusions on what entities and events and individuals have been most influential, and over what time periods, in forging together an “interlocking directory” of connections. (These will be posted on a subpage 11.) Then the task is to consider if these connections create some kind of conflict of interest or inclination to engage in a quid pro quo actions that commend, support, and/or finance Christians whose character and behavioral issues should disqualify them from being considered thought leaders or ministry role models. (I plan to post reflections on this in page 12 on Conclusions and Recommendations.)

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Notes about This “List of Lists”

The lists on this page are drawn primarily from public online sources. In a few cases – mostly dealing with people who had official capacities with Emergent Village – those lists had to be reconstructed from various materials because their website domain went defunct and then was sold to a business.

I have done my best to determine dates accurately on the basis of online information available. Sometimes online information is ambiguous, or has changed from what may have been published in print editions of items.

I have alphabetized lists by peoples’ last name. In cases of hyphenated last names, I have used the first part for purposes of alphabetizing.

I have removed titles (Reverend, Doctor, etc.) or put those in parentheses after peoples’ name. I have also removed middle name abbreviations. (The reasoning for these actions will make sense if you do the DIY project below.)

If you want to undertake an ambitious do-it-yourself project, copy and paste this entire page into a word processing document, remove all descriptive materials, and then alphabetize the composite lists of just the people. Although this process will lose most of the information that connects individuals with events, it will offer a definite impression of how involved an individual has been in the Emergent/Progressive Movement, based solely on the number of times his/her name appears. Please keep in mind, however:

  • Just because a name shows up a lot in these lists, that doesn’t mean they are super influential – just relatively involved in activities.
  • Just because a name does not show up frequently, that doesn’t necessarily mean they only have little influence.
  • Others not named here at all could still be influential in some ways. This is a first draft of a long research study, and so represents a select list of events and publications based on my current understanding of the movement, as of February 2015.

Finally, to repeat important warnings I noted in red letters in the main page, 11A Framework for Detailing of the Emergent Complex:

I am stating all of this about friendship connections here to make it as clear as possible that simply because someone’s name shows up in connection with various enterprises as, say, Tony Jones, that information is just that – information. Finding out whether there is any significance to the connection requires you to research the context, then discern the apparent depth of the connection, and what actions – both good and bad – apparently stem from the connections. It’s not just about making a list, but working to discern the meaning.

In the material that follows, I will not be doing all the analysis homework for you as my readers, though I will draw some conclusions based on information I have compiled from multiple sources. I will introduce some elements, give some lists and links, but you will need to apply some do-it-yourself spiritual elbow grease to the situation to see for yourself what you believe and to figure out why. And keep in mind what I have “said in red” above about connection is not in itself complicity. The existence of a relationship between people doesn’t necessarily mean there is a conflict of interest in terms of finances, power, or prestige – so be careful about attributing too much to the connection, even if there might be an appearance of conflicting interests.

Now … check out this list of lists here (and links for more details), plus the next page 11C Emergent/Progressive Publishing Industry. Then see what stands out for you as key individuals, influential organizations-events-entities, patterns that may be relevant, etc. Later, you can review my initial findings and see how your findings compare: 11D My Initial Findings: Dominant Entities and Influential Individuals.

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National Pastors Convention – February 13-17, 2001

Held in San Diego, CA, and sponsored by Youth Specialties. Listed below are only speakers for those Critical Concern Courses and Elective Seminar presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

Critical Concerns Courses – Starting New Services to Reach Postmodern Generations

  • Dan Kimball

Elective Seminars – Church and Culture [postmodern, post-Christian]

  • Mark Driscoll
  • Dan Kimball
  • Brian McLaren
  • Erwin McManus
  • Sally Morgenthaler
  • Karla Yaconelli

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National Pastors Convention – February 13-17, 2002

Held in San Diego, CA, and sponsored by Youth Specialties. Listed below are only speakers for those Elective Seminar presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

Elective Seminars – Church and Culture [postmodern, post-Christian]

  • Tony Campolo
  • Mark Driscoll
  • Brian McLaren
  • Sally Morgenthaler
  • Mike Yaconelli

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National Pastors Convention – February 26 – March 1, 2003

Held in San Diego, CA, and sponsored by Youth Specialties. Listed below are only speakers for those Critical Concern Courses and Church and Culture Elective Seminar presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

Critical Concerns Courses (8 hours; class size limited)

  • Tim Keel – Church Planting in an Emerging Context
  • Dan Kimball – Designing Worship Services for Emerging Generations
  • Doug Pagitt – Church Planting in an Emerging Context

Elective Seminars – Church and Culture [postmodern, post-Christian, multicultural; evangelism, theology, spirituality, spiritual practices, ministry design, worship]

  • Rob Bell
  • Rudy Carrasco
  • Todd Hunter
  • Timothy Jones
  • Tony Jones
  • Dan Kimball
  • Brian McLaren
  • Sally Morgenthaler
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Chris Seay

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Emergent Board of Directors Members/Officers 2003-2008

The Emergent Village website is no longer accessible in the Wayback Machine. This list has been reconstructed from prior sources. For charts and additional details, see page 08 Organizational: Official Profiles for Emergent Incorporated.

  • Diana Butler Bass, Director 2006-2007
  • Ivy Beckwith, Secretary 2006-2008
  • Rudy Carrasco, Director 2006-2007
  • Tony Jones, Director 2003-2005; Foundation Manager and National Coordinator, 2006-2008
  • Tim Keel, Director 2003-2007
  • Heather Kirk-Davidoff, Director 2006-2008
  • Brian McLaren, Director 2003-2008; Chairman 2006-2007
  • Joe Myers, Vice Chairman 2007-2008
  • Mark Oestreicher, Director 2006-2008; Chairman 2008
  • Doug Pagitt, Director 2003-2005
  • David Robertson, Director 2006-2007
  • Chris Seay, Director 2003-2007/8
  • Karen Ward, Director 2006-2008
  • Pamela Wilhelms, Director 2006-2008

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National Pastors Convention – San Diego, CA, March 8-13, 2004.

Nashville, TN, May 18-22, 2004

Held in San Diego, CA, and Nashville, TN, and sponsored by Youth Specialties. Listed below are only speakers for those Elective Seminar presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

Elective Seminars

  • Todd Hunter
  • Tony Jones
  • Tim Keel
  • Dan Kimball
  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Alan Roxburgh
  • Chris Seay
  • Efrem Smith
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Lauren Winner

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National Pastors Convention – May 18-21, 2005

Held in Nashville, TN, and sponsored by Youth Specialties. Listed below are only speakers for those Elective Seminar presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

Elective Seminars

  • Carla Barnhill
  • Spencer Burke
  • Tim Conder
  • John Franke
  • Todd Hunter
  • Dan Kimball
  • Heather Kirk-Davidoff
  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Holly Rankin-Zaher
  • Alan Roxburgh
  • Chris Seay
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Lauren Winner
  • Philip Yancey
  • Dieter Zander

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Emergent Gathering 2005 – Approximately October 11-14, 2005

The Emergent Gathering 2005 was held in Glorieta, NM, approximately October 11-14. Dates are approximate since the Emergent Village website is no longer available, and so the dates have been tentatively pieced together from several blog reports and articles. Numerous bloggers were at the event and apparently supplied some reporting on it. Here are a few of the blogger reports: Andrew Jones. Paul Soupiset Part 1 and Part 2. Pulmones.

Bloggers included:

  • Chad Allen
  • Kevin Beck
  • Rick Bennett
  • David Berge
  • Blenda Blanda
  • Dave Brazzeal
  • Randy Buist
  • Craig Burnett
  • Rod Cewts
  • Nate Custer
  • Darren Davenport
  • Fredrik Hellstrom
  • Caroline Ingle
  • Andrew Jones
  • Debbie Jones
  • Chris Kirk
  • Michael Kruse
  • Todd Leet
  • John Musick
  • Mike Reynolds
  • Will Samson
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Rodger Sellers
  • Amy Soupiset
  • Paul Soupiset
  • Ryan Sharp
  • Karen Sloan
  • Kristine Socall
  • Mike Stavlund
  • Rob Tarr
  • Heather Taylor
  • Michael Toy
  • Kelly Vickers
  • Robbie Wendeborn
  • Lance White
  • Greg Willis
  • Jolie Willis

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Red Letter Christians – February 2006

Red Letter Christians is a movement that came out of a 2006 meeting involving Tony Campolo, Jim Wallis, and others. According to the Start Here page, “The goal of Red Letter Christians is simple: To take Jesus seriously by endeavoring to live out His radical, counter-cultural teachings as set forth in Scripture, and especially embracing the lifestyle prescribed in the Sermon on the Mount.”

Although the overall theology fits with a combination of evangelical plus progressive, they did not want to use either of those terms, due to the theological and political baggage of both. The history of that initial meeting is described in a February 27, 2006, article by Tony Campolo, What’s a ‘Red-Letter Christian’?

The purpose of this gathering was not to create a religious left movement to challenge the religious right, but to jump-start a religious movement that will transcend partisan politics. Believing that Jesus is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, we want to unite Christians who are concerned about what is happening in America. We are evangelicals who are troubled by what is happening to poor people in America; who are disturbed over environmental policies that are contributing to global warming; who are dismayed over the increasing arrogance of power shown in our country’s militarism; who are outraged because government funding is being reduced for schools where students, often from impoverished and dysfunctional homes, are testing poorly; who are upset with the fact that of the 22 industrialized nations America is next to last in the proportion of its national budget (less than two-tenths of 1 percent) that is designated to help the poor of third-world countries; and who are broken-hearted over discrimination against women, people of color, and those who suffer because of their sexual orientation.

Because being evangelical is usually synonymous with being Republican in the popular mind, and calling ourselves “progressive” might be taken as a value judgment by those who do share our views, we decided not to call ourselves “progressive evangelicals.” We came up with a new name: Red-Letter Christians.

The movement has a multi-author blog, and at least two prominent books associated with it:

Red Letter Christians: A Citizen’s Guide to Faith and Politics, by Tony Campolo (Regal Books, 2008).

Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said?, by Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo (Thomas Nelson, 2012).

Partial List of Initiators

  • Tony Campolo
  • Noel Castellanos
  • Brian McLaren
  • Richard Rohr
  • Cheryl Sanders
  • Jim Wallis

Authors

  • Paul Alexander
  • Patrick Anderson
  • Kent Annan
  • Matt Anslow
  • Jenny Rae Armstrong
  • Jamie Arpin-Ricci
  • Micah Bales
  • Leroy Barber
  • Neely Baugh
  • Will Braun
  • Linda Brendle
  • Spencer Burke
  • Kay Campbell
  • Tony Campolo
  • Shawn Casselberry
  • Jonathan Chan
  • Shane Claiborne
  • Leslie Copeland-Tune
  • Ed Cyzewski
  • Mary Albert Darling
  • Erin Echols
  • Noah Echols
  • Margaret Feinberg
  • Derek Flood
  • Roy Goble
  • Sheldon Good
  • Aaron Graham
  • Mal Green
  • Jacqueline Grey
  • Chuck Gutenson
  • Morgan Guyton
  • Mimi Haddad
  • Katelin Hansen
  • Lisa Sharon Harper
  • Peter Heltzel
  • Chris Heuertz
  • Gareth Higgins
  • Hugh Hollowell
  • Sarah Howell
  • Kristen Howerton
  • Yaholo Hoyt
  • Jon Huckins
  • Lynne Hybels
  • Troy Jackson
  • Stephen Jarnick
  • Gary Johnson
  • Leslie Johnson
  • Kathy Kelly
  • Michael Kimpan
  • Chris Lahr
  • Nikole Lim
  • Kirk Lyman-Barner
  • Andrew Marin
  • Stephen Mattson
  • Colin McCartney
  • Brett McCracken
  • Jarrod McKenna
  • Brian McLaren
  • Logan Mehl-Laituri
  • Carol Howard Merritt
  • Morf Morford
  • Rich Nathan
  • Enuma Okoro
  • Christian Piatt
  • Lisa Rea
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Matt Rindge
  • Jeremy Rivera
  • Ron Sider
  • Katrina Smith
  • Jimmy Spencer Jr.
  • Margot Starbuck
  • Marty Troyer
  • Romal Tune
  • Kathy Vestal
  • Jim Wallis
  • Craig Watts
  • Jennifer Dawn Watts
  • Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
  • Kurt Willems
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • David Zimmerman

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National Pastors Convention – February 21-26, 2006

Held in San Diego, CA, and sponsored by Youth Specialties. Listed below are only speakers for those presentations related to the special Emerging Church Track (note the uses of “emergent” in the link), as well as on postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

The 2006 NPC featured a large number of presentation types related to emerging church and ministry. These included a Critical Concerns Course, Elective Seminars, a Late Night Conversation on Emergent, and Morning Book Clubs.

Critical Concerns Course – The Emerging Church: Theology and Practice, Multiple Perspectives on the Issues

  • Ryan Bolger
  • John Burke
  • Tony Jones
  • Dan Kimball
  • Scot McKnight
  • Doug Pagitt
  • LeRon Shults

Elective Seminars – Emerging Church Track [worship, spiritual formation, ministry design, paradigm shifts, postmodernity, generational dynamics, creativity and community, theology, spiritual practices, social change]

  • John Burke
  • Shane Claiborne
  • Tony Jones
  • Dan Kimball
  • Donald Miller
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Chris Seay
  • Dallas Willard

Late Night Conversation – Wednesday – What Is Emergent and Where is It Going?

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Morning Book Clubs

  • John Burke – No Perfect People Allowed
  • Tony Jones – The Sacred Way
  • Doug Pagitt – Preaching Reimagined

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Daniel Literary Group – Founded 2007

When Tony Jones was looking for an agent in the early 2000 decade, he met Greg Daniel, who was then an editor. After an extensive conversation with Daniel, Jones told him that he should become an agent, which he did, founding the Daniel Literary Group in early 2007. The following client list was compiled from details found throughout the entire website.

  • Sharon Baker
  • Debbie Blue
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Lillian Daniel
  • David Dark
  • Mary DeMuth
  • Denise Hildreth Jones
  • River Jordan
  • Justin Lee
  • Scot McKnight
  • Sara Miles
  • Mark Oestreicher
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Greg Paul
  • Peter Rollins
  • Matthew Sleeth
  • Jon M. Sweeney
  • Sarah Thebarge
  • Matthew Paul Turner
  • Frank Viola
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Michal Woll

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National Pastors Convention – February 5-10, 2007

Held in San Diego, CA, and sponsored by Zondervan. Listed below are only speakers for those Critical Concern Courses and Elective Seminar presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

General Session Speakers

  • Brian McLaren

Elective Seminars

  • John Burke
  • Tim Conder
  • Mark Driscoll
  • Shane Hipps
  • Dan Kimball
  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Efrem Smith
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Richard Twiss
  • Karen Ward
  • Lauren Winner

Hosts

  • Efrem Smith
  • Bob Stromberg

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An Emergent Manifesto of Hope – Baker Books – April 1, 2007

An Emergent Manifesto of Hope was a milestone book for bringing together a number of notable emerging and Emergent authors. It was the initial book in Baker Books’ Emergent Village imprint: ēmersion Emergent Village Resources Series.

Editors:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Contributors:

  • Carla Barnhill
  • Ryan Bolger
  • Troy Bronsink
  • Rodolpho Carrasco
  • Adam Walker Cleaveland
  • Tim Conder
  • Chris Erdman
  • Dwight J. Friesen
  • Tony Jones
  • Tim Keel
  • Dan Kimball
  • Heather Kirk-Davidoff
  • Deborah and Ken Loyd
  • Sherry and Geoff Maddock
  • Brian D. McLaren
  • Brian Mitchell
  • Sally Morgenthaler
  • Thomas Malcolm Olson
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Will Samson
  • Nanette Sawyer
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Samir Selmanovic
  • Karen E. Sloan
  • Anthony Smith
  • Barry Taylor
  • Randy Woodley

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Baker Books ēmersion Emergent Village Resources Series

From 2007 through 2011, Baker Books published a series of 12 volumes in their ēmersion Emergent Village Resources Series. These feature many authors that became relatively well known in the Emergent/Progressive Movement.

Authors:

  • Ash Barker (2009)
  • Ivy Beckwith (2010)
  • Kester Brewin (2007)
  • Jason Clark (2011)
  • Tim Conder (2009)
  • Kevin Corcoran (2011)
  • Dwight J. Friesen (2009)
  • Tim Keel (2007)
  • Scot McKnight (2011)
  • Brian McLaren (2009)
  • Joseph R. Myers (2007)
  • Elisa Padilla (2009)
  • Daniel Rhodes (2009)
  • Peter Rollins (2011)
  • Will and Lisa Samson (2007)
  • Ashley Bunting Seeber (2009)
  • Phyllis Tickle (2008)

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Everything Must Change Tour

February Through November 2008

In 2008, Brian McLaren went on a 12-city national tour related to his book, Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope, which was first released in hardcover by Thomas Nelson on October 2, 2006. Cities on the tour were: Charlotte, NC; Boise, ID; Dallas, TX; St. Petersburg, FL; Washington D.C. Metro Area; San Diego, CA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; Kansas City, MO; New York, NY; Goshen, IN; and Indianapolis, IN.

From a description of the book, it seems to be a logical and theological next step in Brian McLaren’s trajectory that began with the emerging church movement of the mid-1990s, moved into and through Emergent Village, and most currently is embodied in the CANA Initiative and Convergence Network. This book looks to be a sort of Kingdom manifesto and practical framework for implementing social transformation that addresses three interlocking systems (security, prosperity, equity) that together, when misaligned, can create abusive dominance hierarchies.

Follow-up consultation, coaching, resources, and training were available through Deep Shift, primarily on practical topics of culture change, church planting, healthy dialogue and communication practices, team development and team conflict, and the Enneagram.

Tour and Deep Shift associates:

  • Brian McLaren
  • Linnea Nilsen Capshaw
  • Denise Van Eck

Partner organizations:

  • Emergent Village (global sponsor)
  • Faith at Work (tour sponsor)
  • Mars Hill Graduate School [renamed August 15, 2011, as The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology to avoid confusion between it and Seattle’s Mars Hill Church then pastored by Mark Driscoll] (national sponsor)
  • The One Campaign (global sponsor)
  • Sierra Club (global sponsor)
  • Sojourners Faith and Justice Church Network (global sponsor)

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National Pastors Convention – February 24-29, 2008

Held in San Diego, CA, and sponsored by Zondervan. Listed below are only speakers for those Elective Seminar presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

Seminars – Church and Culture; Emerging Church; Gospel and Outreach; Spiritual Enrichment [evangelism, multiculturalism, social transformation, generational dynamics, theology, church history and paradigm shifts, emergent, missional, trends]

  • Andy Crouch
  • Sarah Cunningham
  • Margaret Feinberg
  • Dan Kimball
  • Tony Jones
  • Scot McKnight
  • Erwin McManus
  • Roger Olson
  • Danielle Grubb Shroyer
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Richard Twiss

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Emergent Village Coordinating Group – June 2008

The Emergent Village website is no longer accessible in the Wayback Machine. This list has been reconstructed from screenshots. For charts and additional details, see page 08 Organizational: Official Profiles for Emergent Incorporated.

  • Carla Barnhill
  • Ryan Bell
  • Troy Bronsink
  • Craig Burnett
  • Adam Walker Cleaveland
  • Jordon Cooper
  • John R. Franke
  • Dwight Friesen
  • Brad Jackson
  • Steve Knight
  • Jeff Kursonis
  • Scot McKnight
  • Jake Myers
  • Tony Myles
  • Damien O’Farrell
  • Joni Grace Powers
  • Bob Pyne
  • Courtney Perry
  • Holly Rankin Zaher
  • Mark Riddle
  • David Robertson
  • Nanette Sawyer
  • Tim Samoff
  • Samir Selmanovic
  • Will Samson
  • Andrew Seely
  • Ryan and Holly Sharp
  • Mark Shivers
  • Danielle Grubb Shroyer
  • Anthony Smith

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The Church Basement Roadshow – Summer 2008

The Church Basement Roadshow was held during the summer of 2008. Tour dates included: June 13-24 (West Coast). July 11-20 (Heartland). July 25-August 4 (East Coast).

Featured:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Mark Scandrette

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The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why,

by Phyllis Tickle – Release Date of October 1, 2008

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The JoPa Group – The Great Emergence – December 5-6, 2008

The JoPa Group’s inaugural event was The Great Emergence, featuring Phyllis Tickle, in Memphis, TN. (Day 1 recap written by Jonathan Brink.) This related to the book by Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why, released October 1, 2008 (Baker Books in their ēmersion Emergent Village Resources Series imprint).

Author:

  • Phyllis Tickle

Editor’s Preface:

  • Doug Pagitt, General Editor for Baker Books’ emersion series

Endorsement Quotes – from the book dust jacket:

  • Diana Butler Bass
  • Tony Jones
  • Scot McKnight
  • Brian McLaren
  • Katharine Jefferts Schori (The Most Reverend)

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Joseph Myers
  • Peter Rollins
  • Will Samson
  • Phyllis Tickle

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National Pastors Convention – February 8-13, 2009

Held in San Diego, CA, and sponsored by Zondervan. Listed below are only speakers for those Critical Concern Courses and Elective Seminars presentations related to postmodernity, emergence, and younger generations. See the archive links for presentation titles and descriptions.

Critical Concern Courses (6 hours)

  • Brian McLaren – Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope
  • Bob Rognlien – Developing an Experiential Worship Ministry

Seminars – in the categories of: Church and Culture, Gospel and Outreach, Missional Church, and Spiritual Enrichment [culture, environment, spirituality, generational dynamics, ministry design/methods, evangelism, postmodernity, pastoring, spiritual practices, technology]

  • James Choung
  • Tim Conder
  • Andy Crouch
  • Don Everts
  • Cathleen Falsani
  • Margaret Feinberg
  • Shane Hipps
  • Andrew Marin
  • Scot McKnight
  • Brian McLaren

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Emergent Village Washington D.C. 2009

Meeting (EVDC09) – April 24-26, 2009

Approximately 35 people were invited to this meeting in Washington, D.C., to help figure out Emergent Village’s future. At least 25 attended. The six attendees whose name appears in red constituted the first Village Council/Board of Director in 2009. The other Village Council/Board member was Laura Fregin. For more details and links, see page 07 Organizational: Emergent Movement Timeline.

  • Ray Aldred (invitee)
  • Kelly Bean
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber (invitee)
  • Melvin Bray
  • Troy Bronsink
  • Randy Buist
  • Brittian Bullock
  • Julie Clawson
  • Makeesha Fisher
  • Dwight Friesen
  • Tripp Fuller (invitee)
  • Tim Hartman
  • Jon Irvine
  • Wendy Johnson
  • Steve Knight
  • Lilly Lewin (invitee)
  • Amy Moffitt
  • Sarah Notton
  • Damien O’Farrell (invitee)
  • David Ramos
  • Liz Rios (invitee)
  • Eliacin Rosario-Cruz
  • Will Samson (invitee)
  • Nanette Sawyer (invitee)
  • Laci Scott
  • Danielle Shroyer
  • Anthony Smith
  • Efrem Smith (invitee)
  • Tim Snyder
  • Paul Soupiset
  • Mike Stavlund
  • Michael Toy
  • Richard Twiss (invitee)
  • Pam Wilhelms
  • Randy Woodley (invitee)

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The JoPa Group – Christianity 21 – October 9-11, 2009

The JoPa Group’s Christianity 21 (C21 2009) was held in Minneapolis, MN.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Carla Barnhill
  • Kelly Bean
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Diana Butler-Bass
  • Julie Clawson
  • Lisa Domke
  • Seth Donovan
  • Makeesha Fisher
  • Mimi Haddad
  • Elaine Heath
  • Sybil MacBeth
  • Alyce McKenzie
  • Sally Morgenthaler
  • Shauna Niequist
  • Janell Paris
  • Danielle Shroyer
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Denise VanEck
  • Lauren Winner

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Key Bloggers and Commenters

in the 2009-2010 Social Media Eruption

See page 05 Social Media 2009-2010 – Exposure of the Personal Issues, and compile a list of who the bloggers were that posted articles about Emergent and/or responses to Tony Jones; and who the commenters were; and what their outlooks were toward Emergent, Tony Jones, the blog owner, and other commenters.

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Emergent Village Council Members 2009-2012

The Emergent Village website is no longer accessible in the Wayback Machine. This list has been reconstructed from prior sources. For charts and additional details, see page 08 Organizational: Official Profiles for Emergent Incorporated.

  • Melvin Bray, Co-Convener 2009, (2010)
  • Jonathan Brink 2012
  • Troy Bronsink 2009, (2010), 2011
  • Julie Clawson 2009, (2010)
  • Mike Clawson 2011
  • Dwight Friesen 2009, (2010)
  • Laura Fregin 2009, (2010), 2012
  • Deth Im 2012
  • Doug Pagitt 2012
  • Florin Paladie 2011, 2012
  • Eliacin Rosario-Cruz 2009, (2010)
  • Danielle Shroyer, Co-Convener 2009, (2010); 2012
  • Lori Wilson 2011, 2012

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The JoPa Group – FirstThird (Youth Ministry) – March 2-4, 2010

The JoPa Group’s FirstThird youth ministry event was held at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Additional links: Theological Dialogue on Youth Ministry. Days 2 and 3. Recap.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Kenda Dean
  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Andy Root

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The JoPa Group – Big Tent Christianity – September 8-9, 2010

The JoPa Group’s Big Tent Christianity event was held in Raleigh, NC.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Diana Butler Bass
  • Tony Jones
  • Brian McLaren
  • Peter Rollins
  • Phyllis Tickle

Article by:

  • Philip Clayton

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Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry Cohort

on Christian Spirituality – June 2011, 2012, 2013

Tony Jones was the Adjunct Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary for their Doctor of Ministry cohort on Christian Spirituality. (See that webpage for additional links to a summary of Year #1, written by a student, and a video of a learning experience from Year #2.) Cohort meetings were held each June for about two weeks each year from 2011 through 2013.

Adjunct Professor:

  • Tony Jones – 2011, 2012, 2013

Guest Instructors:

  • Lauren Winner – Year #1 – 2011
  • Phyllis Tickle, guest of Lauren Winner – Year #1 – 2011
  • Brian McLaren – Year #2 – 2012
  • Gareth Higgins – Year #3 – 2013

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Wild Goose Festival – June 23-26, 2011

Wild Goose Festival: Spirit, Justice, Music, Arts. Information on the 2011 Founders/Board, Festival Director, and Speakers comes from searching the WayBack Machine archives for the Wild Goose website.

Founding Board:

  • Melvin Bray
  • Ian Cron
  • Mike King (President)
  • Joy Wallis
  • Karla Yaconelli

Wild Goose Staff:

  • Gareth Higgins (Executive Director)
  • Jacob Kuntz (Operations Coordinator)
  • Mike Morrell (Sponsor Relations and Social Networking)

Arranging for speakers:

  • Tony Jones (According to a reliable source, Tony Jones was in charge of arranging speakers for the first Wild Goose Festival.)

Featured:

  • Jay Bakker
  • Diana Butler Bass
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Melvin Bray
  • Kester Brewin
  • T-Bone Burnett
  • Tony Campolo
  • Shane Claiborne
  • Ian Cron
  • David Dark
  • John Dear
  • Ed Dobson
  • Paul Fromberg
  • Vincent Harding
  • Chad Holtz
  • Lynne Hybels
  • Tony Jones
  • Becky Knight
  • Paul Knitter
  • Cynthia La Grou
  • Carl McColman
  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Soong-Chan Rah
  • Father Richard Rohr
  • Peter Rollins
  • Eliacin Rosario-Cruz
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Frank Schaeffer
  • Samir Selmanovic
  • Anthony Smith
  • Margot Starbuck
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Richard Twiss
  • Jim Wallis
  • Pamela Wilhelms
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

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Patheos Emerging Voices – November 23, 2011

On November 23, 2011, Emergent Village’s “The Voice” blog switched over to the Patheos platform, within the Progressive Christian Channel, becoming the Emergent Village Voice – with an inaugural post from Andrew Jones: Growing Café Churches Singapore Style.

The page on Contributors (as of February 20, 2015) states:

The Emerging Voices is an effort to bring to life the vision we hold for a diverse and equitable platform for the light of generative and inclusive version of Christianity to shine on the internet. We are no less than 50 rotating voices speaking daily into this movement to continue conversations around Emergence and emerging Christianity. We hope that by keeping this space alive, all those who are emerging can find mile markers of resonance along their journey. We also hope to inspire action for justice among Emergent, emerging, progressive Christians and all allies of hope, so that we might put our faith, together, toward praxis and help make the world we inhabit more Christ-like. We are 50% women, 50% people of color, 25% LGBTQ and 10% international voices and we have much to say.

Bloggers:

  • Denika Anderson
  • Rebekah Berndt
  • Scott Bostic
  • Melvin Bray
  • Anita Brown
  • Michael Bussee
  • Tim Conder
  • Bec Cranford-Smith
  • Elsie Dennis
  • Michael Dowd
  • Emma Eagle Heart-White
  • George Elerick
  • Eric English
  • Leigh Finnegan
  • Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
  • Marg Herder
  • Steve Hollinghurst
  • KC Jones
  • Kile Jones
  • Micky Jones
  • Killjoy Prophets
  • Joe Kim
  • Mihee Kim-Kort
  • Steve Knight
  • Lelanda Lee
  • Mark Longhurst
  • Cristina Mejia
  • Riley O’Brien Powell
  • Jamie Osborne
  • Kisha Parker
  • Teresa Pasquale
  • Janel Apps Ramsey
  • Russell Rathbun
  • Joerg Rieger
  • Holly Roach
  • Richard Rohr
  • Anthony Smith
  • Theresa Soto
  • Mike Stavlund
  • Ahnna Lise Stevens-Jennings
  • Jared Vasquez

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The JoPa Group – Funding the Missional Church – May 1-3, 2012

The JoPa Group’s Funding the Missional Church event was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. Storify series from Steve Knight.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Tweet compilation by:

  • Steve Knight

The Storify archive contains posts and/or quotes from this group of apparent leaders (leaving out those who seem to have just attended and posted the quotes):

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Brad Cecil
  • Justin Dittrich
  • Tripp Fuller
  • Deb Hirsch
  • Tony Jones
  • Tim Keel
  • Steve Knight
  • Keith Magnuson
  • Nanette Sawyer
  • Mark Scandrette

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The JoPa Group – Church Planters Academy – May 3-5, 2012

The JoPa Group’s Church Planters Academy event was held in Minneapolis, MN. Church Planters Academy, May 2012.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Debbie Blue
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Tim Keel
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Nanette Sawyer

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Wild Goose Festival – June 21-24, 2012

Wild Goose Festival: Spirit, Justice, Music, Arts. Speakers for 2012. “Wild Goose 2012 will be a journey of exile and return” (First Lineup Announcement for Wild Goose 2012).

This interview with Gareth Higgins describes the Wild Goose Festival history, and hopes: Part 1, and Part 2.

Featured:

  • Dave Andrews
  • Dori Baker
  • Leroy Barber
  • Scott Bass
  • David Beckmann
  • Melvin Bray
  • Spencer Burke
  • Shane Claiborne
  • Julie Clawson
  • Ian Cron
  • Sarah Cunningham
  • John Dear
  • Laura Dunham
  • Eric Elnes
  • Cathleen Falsani
  • Ruth Green
  • Vincent Harding
  • Lisa Harper
  • Bud Heckman (Rev.)
  • Gareth Higgins
  • Peter Illyn
  • Philip Jackson
  • Nelson Johnson
  • Joyce Johnson
  • Raachel Jurovics, Ph.D. (Rabbi)
  • Mike King
  • Jennifer Knapp
  • Aljosie Aldrich Knight
  • Justin Lee
  • Nikole Lim
  • Pete Majendie
  • Carl McColman
  • Joel McKerrow
  • Brian McLaren
  • Logan Mehl-Laituri
  • Christian Piatt
  • Maurice Possley
  • Pete Rollins
  • Alexia Salvatierra
  • Frank Schaeffer
  • Alexander Shaia
  • Phil Snider
  • Anthony Smith
  • Jimmy Spencer
  • Mike Stavlund
  • Chris Steadman
  • Erin Swenson
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Margo Starbuck
  • Tim Tyson
  • Joy Carroll Wallis
  • Jim Wallis
  • Joseph Ward
  • Pamela Wilhelms
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Lauren Winner
  • Seth Wispelwey
  • Randy Woodley

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Augsburg Sparkhouse Animate – July 2012, 2013, 2014

Augsburg Sparkhouse Animate was a three-part DVD/book project for Augsburg Fortress publishing house, managed by Tony Jones. (See the comparison chart of the three parts, which lists the groups involved with each.) Here are the release dates for the segments in the system:

Participants:

  • Jay Bakker [Bible]
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber [Faith, Bible]
  • Shane Claiborne [Practices]
  • Lillian Daniel [Faith]
  • Eric Elnes [Bible,]
  • Rachel Held Evans [Bible]
  • Shane Hipps [Faith]
  • Tony Jones (Project Coordinator)
  • Brian McLaren [Faith, Practices]
  • Sara Miles [Practices]
  • Jose Morales [Bible]
  • Enuma Okoro [Practices]
  • Doug Pagitt [Practices]
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow [Faith]
  • Mark Scandrette [Faith]
  • Mike Slaughter [Practices]
  • Phyllis Tickle [Bible, Practices]
  • Will Willimom [Bible]
  • Lauren Winner [Faith]

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Jericho Books – Launched Fall 2012

by Hatchette Book Group

Jericho Books is an imprint of Hatchette Book Group, currently the third largest publishing conglomerate in the world. It was launched in the fall of 2012. The list of authors seems to reflect a comment found the About webpage:

Jericho Books

Breaking Down Walls

Join the Conversation

The Jericho website and blog provides a space for non-traditional voices to express fresh perspectives on today’s culture and to reflect on the growing changes in the church. We are about exploring religious, social, and political issues as they relate to faith.

Staff:

  • Chelsea Apple
  • Jacob Arthur

Authors:

  • Dianna Anderson
  • Jay Bakker
  • Leroy Barber
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Mark Braverman
  • Lillian Daniel
  • Cathleen Falsani
  • Jennifer Grant
  • Shane Hipps
  • River Jordan
  • Heather Kopp
  • Justin Lee
  • Phil Madeira
  • Brian McLaren
  • Sara Miles
  • Christian Piatt
  • John Sowers
  • Becca Stevens
  • Rob Strong
  • Jon Sweeney and Michal Woll
  • Sarah Thebarge
  • Matthew Paul Turner
  • Philip Yancey

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Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going,

and Why It Matters, by Phyllis Tickle –

Release Date of September 1, 2012

~ AND ~

The JoPa Group – Emergence Christianity – January 11-12, 2013

The JoPa Group’s event on Emergence Christianity: A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle and Friends, was held in Memphis, TN. This related to the book by Phyllis Tickle, Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters, released September 1, 2012 (Baker Books).

Author:

  • Phyllis Tickle

Endorsement Quotes – from the book front pages and dust jacket:

  • Ryan Bolger (Dr.)
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber (Rev.)
  • Philip Clayton
  • Gareth Higgins
  • Neal Locke
  • Brian McLaren
  • Richard Rohr (Fr.)
  • Lauren Winner

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Jay Bakker
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Diana Butler Bass
  • Eric Elnes
  • Gareth Higgins
  • Tony Jones (hosting)
  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt (hosting)
  • Pete Rollins
  • Phyllis Tickle

Production of Commemorative Booklet: “Now Phyllis and her talks at that event have been commemorated in a booklet/artifact featuring the sketches of Paul Soupiset, photographs of Courtney Perry, and appreciative quotes about Phyllis from some of her closest friends.”

  • Troy Bronsink (booklet)
  • Tony Jones (booklet)
  • Sybil MacBeth (booklet)
  • Brian McLaren (booklet)
  • Courtney Perry (photographs)
  • Mark Scandrette (booklet)
  • Danielle Shroyer (booklet)
  • Paul Soupiset (sketches)
  • Anthony Smith (booklet)
  • Mike Stavlund (booklet)

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Convergent Books – Launched July 2013

by Penguin Random House

Convergent Books is an Emergent/Progressive-friendly imprint of Crown Publishing Group, which is the Christian publishing arm of Penguin Random House, which is currently the world’s largest book publisher. The site’s archived posts go back to July 2013, which appears to be about when the line launched.

For background on Convergent Books, be sure to read this Christianity Today article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra: Not So Convergent: Leading Publisher Separates How Evangelical and Progressive Books Are Made (November 4, 2014). This article is important for analyzing how publishers are segmenting book markets for more traditional evangelical audiences versus progressive and mainline audiences. According to the article, for Crown, this segments the evangelical market for WaterBrook Multnomah, while Convergent develops books for “progressive and mainline Christians who demand an open, inclusive, and culturally engaged exploration of faith.”

This split between evangelical and progressive appears to be happening in with many secular publishing conglomerates with Christian or religious arms and multiple imprints. And this era seems to be a time when that same marketing division is paralleled in the postmodern world, much of it based on differences in theology and practice over the issue of inclusiveness of LGBT community members.

In the Convergent Books About Us page,

A Note To You From Ron Lee, Senior Editor

The Convergent Books blog and website is a gathering place for people who are drawn to ideas and issues that touch on life and faith. This is a place to raise questions and possibilities, and to join an open discussion of spirituality, ethics, faith, social justice, theology, and everyday experience.

Convergent Books is a new religion imprint from the Crown Publishing Group.

Intriguingly, a relatively similar statement is posted in the About webpage of Jericho Books, a progressive Christian imprint of Hatchette Book Group, which is the third largest publishing conglomerate in the world.

Authors (as of February 20, 2015):

  • David Robert Anderson
  • Will Bowen
  • Holly Burkhalter
  • Michelle DeRusha
  • Kathy Escobar
  • Elizabeth Esther
  • Philip Gulley
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Ragan Sutterfield
  • Matthew Vines
  • Ann Whitson-Donaldson
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • Addie Zierman

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Wild Goose Festival – August 8-11, 2013

Wild Goose Festival: Spirit, Justice, Music, Arts. Speakers for 2013 and here.

Featured:

  • James Alison
  • Janell Anema
  • Fred Bahnson
  • William Barber
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Leslie Bray
  • Melvin Bray
  • Troy Bronsink
  • Jared Byas
  • Suzanne Castle
  • Richard Cizik
  • Julie Clawson
  • Brian Combs
  • Ian Morgan Cron
  • Sarah Cunningham
  • Ron Czecholinski
  • John Dear
  • Megan DeFranza
  • Jim Dincalci
  • Kimberly Kirchmer Dinsdale
  • Eric Elnes
  • Merrill Farnswroth
  • Paul Fromberg
  • Bobbie Green
  • Jerusalem Greer
  • Cyndi Gusler
  • BJ Harden
  • Rosa Lee Harden
  • Vincent Harding
  • Gareth Higgins
  • Bill Hooson
  • Ric Hordinski
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Nancy Huslage
  • Lucas Johnson
  • River Jordan
  • Brian Kaylor
  • Kristina Keefe-Perry
  • Aljosie Knight
  • Kimberly Knight
  • Asher Kolieboi
  • Jennifer Hope Kottler
  • Meghan Lin
  • Sybil MacBeth
  • David Mansfield
  • Mallory McDuff
  • Amy Yoder McGloughlin
  • Brian McLaren
  • Glennon Melton
  • Pace e Bene
  • Teresa B. Pasquale
  • Michelle Rogers Pritzi
  • Elizabeth A. Reed
  • Kerlin Richter
  • Holly Roach
  • Dylan Rooke
  • Eliacin Rosario-Cruz
  • Phil Fox Rose
  • Alexia Salvatierra
  • Lisa Scandrette
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Frank Schaeffer
  • Aletheia Schmidt
  • Dani Scoville
  • Susan Sides
  • Lianne Simon
  • Rosetta Starshine
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Krista Tippett
  • Mark Van Steenwyk
  • Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
  • June Keener Wink
  • Alise Wright
  • Phil Wyman
  • Philip Yancey
  • Ani Zonneveld

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The JoPa Group – Church Planters Academy – August 15-17, 2013

The JoPa Group’s Church Planters Academy even was held in Minnesota. Speakers: Church Planters Academy, August 2013.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Jay Bakker
  • Tom Bandy
  • Mike Baughman
  • Debbie Blue
  • Suzanne Castle
  • Tim Conder
  • Jason Mack
  • Rich McCullen
  • Maggie Mraz
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Russell Rathbun
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Mike Stavlund
  • Micah Witham

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CANA Initiative / Convergence Network –

Conveners and Inaugural Meetings – November 2013

According to an October 4, 2013, interview with Christian Piatt, the CANA Initiative (Convening, Advocating, Networking, Acting) was created by three conveners: Brian McLaren, Stephanie Spellers, and Doug Pagitt. (That interview post also includes a 24-minute taped Sojo interview with the conveners.) His opening to the post is helpful for understanding the original purposes and audiences behind CANA.

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people within mainline Christian churches note that, though they don’t embrace all of the theological positions of their evangelical sisters and brothers, they are impressed by their aptitude for organizing and affecting change on a large scale. At the same time, I see thousands converge at festivals like the Wild Goose festival in North Carolina, feeling both fed by the invigorating sense of community, but also frustrated to be leaving with the still unanswered question:

What do we do now?

The CANA Initiative, which is a joint collaboration of Brian McLarenStephanie Spellers, and Doug Pagitt, seeks to help answer that nagging question. Cana seeks to be the connective tissue that helps hold together communities of faith that share common priorities in addressing the pressing socioeconomic issues of our time.

As it unfolded, CANA included inaugural meetings in Washington, D.C., from November 19-21, 2013. It was advertised as, “This meeting is open to all, but ideal for those who represent networks, organizations, and people movements of Emergence Christianity.” Many of the values and transformational projects embodied by the Initiative were described in a series of 23 posts on its official blog, “Generous Christianity,” from February 4 through April 7, 2014.

In another description from his June 2, 2014, post, Brian McLaren categorized the CANA Initiative as one of the “messaging and mobilizing organizations [that] help people understand poverty and get involved in the biblical call to social justice.”

By the time of his August 28, 2014, post, CANA was now known as the “Convergence Network,” and had a new Convergence website. In his article, McLaren  described Convergence as a “movement-building collaborative,” and the new website homepage notes the four main initiatives in “Collaborating for the Common Good” (10K Churches, theological education, events and summits, and collegiate movements) to build a “just and generous Christianity.” Other key early activities included “simple gatherings” scattered across the U.S. to get people connected; and specific meetings for initiatives related to a “generous Christianity movement” among collegians, theological education, and “technology/online portals and faith.”

Conveners:

  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Stephanie Spellers

CANA Initiators (from the CANA website on the WayBack Machine):

  • Brian Ballard
  • Rob Bell
  • Mariann Edgar Budde
  • Spencer Burke
  • Fred Burnham
  • Jennifer Butler
  • Jaime Clark-Soles
  • Philip Clayton
  • Ian Cron
  • Eric Elnes
  • Jason Evans
  • Tripp Fuller
  • Amanda Henderson
  • Anne Howard
  • Christopher Heuertz
  • Phileena Heuertz
  • Deth Im
  • Tony Jones
  • Bill Kenney
  • Steve Knight
  • Greg Leffel
  • Tashion Macon
  • Brian McLaren
  • Yemi Mobolade
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Florin Paladie
  • Susan Phillips (Rev.)
  • Christian Piatt
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Brandan Robertson
  • Mark Sandlin
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Dani Scoville
  • Samir Selmanović
  • Danielle Shroyer
  • Stephanie Spellers (Rev.)
  • Jimmy Spencer Jr
  • Mike Stavlund
  • Barry Taylor
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Charles Toy
  • Michael Toy
  • Cameron Trimble
  • Laura Sumner Truax
  • Romal Tune
  • Russ Ware
  • Pamela Wilhelms
  • Edith and Randy Woodley
  • Anna Woofenden

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The JoPa Group – Christianity 21 – January 9-11, 2014

The JoPa Group’s Christianity 21 2014 event was held in Denver, CO.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Sarah Bessey
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Noel Castellanos
  • Sarah Cunningham
  • Kent Dobson
  • Josh Dubois
  • Mike Foster
  • Tony Jones
  • Charles Lee
  • Sarah Lefton
  • Jonathan Merritt
  • Jose Morales
  • Enuma Okoro
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Sarah Pulliam-Bailey
  • Paul Raushenbush
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Romal Tune
  • Jamie Wright
  • Ani Zonneveld

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“Generous Christianity” Blog of CANA Initiative –

February 4 through April 7, 2014

Generous Christianity was the official blog for the CANA Initiative (Convening, Advocating, Networking, Acting). It ran from February through April 2014, and was hosted on the Progressive Christianity Channel on the Patheos website.

Generous Christianity: CANA Initiative Collective Bloggers:

  • Diana Butler Bass
  • Shawn Casselberry
  • Jaime Clark-Soles (Rev. Dr.)
  • Philip Clayton
  • Zach Exley
  • Amanda Henderson (Rev.)
  • Anne Howard (Rev.)
  • Aaron Klinefelter
  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Matthew Perry
  • Gideon Pollach
  • Brandan Robertson
  • Phyllis Tickle

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We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian McLaren –

Jericho Books – Release date June 10, 2014

Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation and Activation, was released by Jericho Books on June 10, 2014. The devotional content reinforces the overall values, purposes, and perspectives in the CANA Initiative/Convergence Network, and most who provided endorsement quotes (as seen on the Amazon site for this book) were on the list of “CANA Initiators” (before the name was changed to “Convergence”).

Author:

  • Brian McLaren

Editorial Review – Endorsement Quotes on Amazon:

  • Rob Bell
  • Rachel Held Evans
  • Tony Jones
  • Mark Russell (Canon, CEO Church Army UK and Ireland)
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Charles Toy
  • Romal Tune

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Wild Goose Festival – June 26-29, 2014

Wild Goose Festival: Spirit, Justice, Music, Arts. Speakers, musicians, artists, performers, films, and practitioners featured in 2014. Hot Springs, NC.

Featured:

  • Marie Alford-Harkey
  • Nancy Ellett Allison
  • Macky Alston
  • Lisa Anderson
  • Stacy Anderson
  • Fred Bahnson
  • Leroy Barber
  • William J. Barber, II
  • Andrew Kang Bartlett
  • Scott Bass
  • Kelly Bean
  • Cheryl Bear
  • Heather Beaudoin
  • Jay Beck
  • Rebekah Berndt
  • Scott Bostic
  • Melvin Bray
  • Leslie Bray
  • Jennifer Butler
  • Noel Castellanos
  • Jimmy Chalmers
  • Ed Chapman
  • Monette Chilson
  • J. Clarkson
  • Jennifer Clinger [Thistle Farms]
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Lil Copan
  • Amy Cox
  • Carrie Craig
  • Bec Cranford-Smith
  • Zachary Crow
  • David Csinos
  • Greg Daniel
  • Tammerie Day
  • Steve Dear
  • Ruth Padilla Deborst
  • Jesse James DeConto
  • Laurel Dykstra
  • Emma Eagle Heart-White
  • Tevyn East
  • Scott Elliott
  • Paul Engler
  • Linda Flynn
  • Paul Fromberg
  • Tripp Fuller
  • Bill and Cherie Guerant
  • Derrick Harkins
  • Cassidhe Hart
  • Willie Mae Hawkins
  • Joshua Hearne
  • Kevin Hoffmann
  • Hugh Hollowell
  • Kristen Howerton
  • Tavonda Hudson
  • Dian Jackson
  • Dian Griffin Jackson
  • Kim Jackson
  • Jay E. Johnson
  • BJ Harden Jones
  • Micky Jones
  • Kathy Khang
  • Jin S. Kim
  • Kimberly Knight
  • Steve Knight
  • David LaMotte
  • Tianja Lanxter [Thistle Farms]
  • James Lee
  • Joshua Lesser
  • Olufemi Lewis
  • Stephen Lewis
  • Vickie Machado
  • Peter E. Matthews
  • Jonathan McCray
  • Brian D. McLaren
  • April Mendez
  • Sara Miles
  • Amanda Moore
  • Conrad Moore
  • Mike Morrell
  • Milly Morrow
  • Ched Myers
  • Allison O’Hara
  • Jamie Osborne
  • Doug Pagitt [Radio Show]
  • Edgar Palacios
  • Christian Parks
  • Chris Pasquale
  • Teresa Pasquale
  • Natasha Patterson
  • Natalie Perkins
  • James Perkinson
  • Karin Petersen
  • Christian Piatt
  • red.letter.radio
  • Sarah Ray
  • Joerg Rieger
  • Reba Riley
  • Brandan Robertson
  • Patience Robins
  • Phil Fox Rose
  • Alexia Salvatierra
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Franklyn Schaefer
  • Frank Schaeffer
  • Attica Scott
  • Dani Scoville
  • Anthony Smith
  • Chris Smith
  • Terry Smith
  • John Snodgrass
  • Tim Soerens
  • Shannon Spencer
  • Regina Shands Stoltzfus
  • Taryn Strauss
  • Jon Sweeney
  • Andrew Tatusko
  • Sarah Thebarge
  • Sarah Thompson
  • Dana Trent
  • Romal Tune
  • Mark Van Steenwyk
  • Kristin Vaugh [Thistle Farms]
  • Rima Vesely-Flad
  • Jim Wallis
  • Sharon Watkins
  • Matthew Williams
  • Michael Williams
  • Jarrell Wilson
  • Katherine Wilson
  • Adrianna Wright
  • Todd Wynward

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Social Media Eruption: September 5 – December 15, 2014

Read the NakedPastor thread of Tony Jones on Mark Driscoll: What came first, the thug or the theology? for yourself and compile a list of who the commenters were, what (if any) direct or indirect relationship they had with Emergent and/or Tony Jones, and what their outlooks were toward Emergent and toward the NakedPastor thread.

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WX15 Why Christian?

Announcements and Responses – January 2015

Co-Curators for the event:

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Rachel Held Evans

This was originally slated to be a JoPa Event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

There was surprisingly intense push-back on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs against Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans, starting just two days after their initial announcement. The primary issue seemed to be the integrity disconnect between a conference about Christianity with the first sentence of the description being, “Why, in the wake of centuries of corruption, hypocrisy, crusades, televangelists, and puppet ministries do we continue to follow Jesus?” – while it was being produced by alleged “abusers and silencers.” After a number of days of enduring

The JoPa Group reportedly offered to end their association with the event, and responsibility for production was taken over by Bolz-Weber and Evans. The original JoPa website was changed to one set up by Why Christian.

January 12, 2015, Twitter announcement by Nadia Bolz-Weber: big announcement: @rachelheldevans and I are teaming up to put on our own conference in Sept! Check out http://www.nadiaandrachel.com  #WX15

January 12, 2015, reply to Nadia Bolz-Weber’s tweet by Rachel Held Evans: @ItsVillegasTime @Sarcasticluther Oh wow! So excited. See you then!

January 14, 2015, reply to Nadia Bolz-Weber’s tweet by Babes in Soyland: @Sarcasticluther @rachelheldevans Can it not be sponsored by a group of abusers and silencers, though? Doesn’t seem to fit the vibe. #WX15

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The JoPa Group – Christianity 21 – January 22-24, 2015

The JoPa Group’s Christianity 21 / 2015 event was held in Phoenix, AZ. Tony Jones was originally scheduled as one of the speakers, but as it turned out he stayed in Minnesota. According to his video greeting to the conference, he stayed because one of his children needed him there. The video was removed from YouTube within a day or so of being posted.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Richard Beck
  • Monica Coleman
  • Danny Cortez
  • Sarah Cunningham
  • Rabbi Joseph Edelheit
  • Kristen Howerton
  • Tony Jones (appearance canceled)
  • Jacqui Lewis
  • Nikole Lim
  • Zach Lind
  • Brian McLaren
  • Glennon Doyle Melton
  • Shauna Niequist
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Darrin Patrick
  • Chris Seay
  • Efrem Smith
  • Alexie Torres-Fleming
  • Lauren Winner
  • Jenny Yang
  • Dieter Zander

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TruthAboutTony (Storify) and WhyTony (Scribd)

Posted January 27-31, 2015

Beginning January 27, 2015, and over approximately the next four days, a total of 47 notes, tweets, and statements in support of Tony Jones were posted on a Storify site called “TruthAboutTony.” Later, two shorter notes were removed, leaving a total of 45. Of these 45 notes, 14 also linked to longer statements that were posted on a Scribd site called “WhyTony.” One of these was a 12-page Statement by Tony Jones.

Thirteen statements from the TruthAboutTony Storify site also appear on the WhyTony Scribd site. Note that dates posted are approximate, due to possible miscalculations because of time zone issues and non-specific digital timestamps of “## days ago.”

A significant number of those posting notes have long-standing connections with Tony Jones, The JoPa Group, Emergent Village, and/or the Emergent/Progressive Movement. There has been some intensive social media push-back about these sites, especially from members of spiritual abuse survivor communities.

All of the notes and statements on both sites were removed on February 21, 2015, and were replaced by this notice: A Note About the Removal of These Posts:

We have come to understand that Julie [McMahon] filed a court motion at Hennepin County Family Court on Monday, January 26th. Since then, there have been two subsequent conferences between the court and Tony and Julie’s attorneys on Feb 3 and Feb 11. At the Feb 11 conference, Tony and Julie were urged by the court to remove all their posts and comments related to their marital issues and children. They were also urged to have their supporters and proxies remove posts and comments related to these topics as well.

Tony chose to honor the court’s request by removing his document that same day. At his request and to comply with the request of the court, the statements posted to storify and Scribd are being taken down as well.

Crowd-sourced analysis of this statement is likely forthcoming. A key point from the outset is that there apparently was no court ORDER involved, despite language used giving that appearance.

TruthAboutTony (Storify Site) Contributors:

  • Carla Barnhill
  • Steve Blackstock
  • Tim Blake
  • Debbie Blue
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Randy Buist
  • Ryan Byrd
  • Troy Bronsink
  • Jeff Chu
  • Philip Clayton
  • Kris Clemens
  • Jeff Cook
  • Sarah Cunningham
  • Dirty Laundry [blog post by Michael Kimpan]
  • Lisa Domke
  • Joseph Edelheiet
  • Chad Farrand
  • Tripp Fuller
  • Mark Groleau
  • Alisa Harris – tweet removed
  • Kathy Helmers [the Creative Trust literary agent for Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, Donald Miller, Philip Yancey, and others]
  • Kelly Hughes
  • Tony Jones [link there, PDF gone]
  • Michael Kimpan
  • Zach Lind
  • Karen Mattison
  • Robin Mavis
  • Charlie McGlynn
  • Brian McLaren
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Courtney Perry
  • Christian Piatt
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Pete Rollins
  • Brandan Robertson
  • David Sessions – tweet removed
  • Paul Soupiset
  • Jonathan Stegall
  • Bethany Stolle
  • Traci Smith
  • Rachel Swan
  • Andrea Tatley
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • John Vest
  • Why Christian [blog post]
  • Angie Williams
  • Arni Zachariassen

WhyTony (Scribd Site) Contributors:

  • Troy Bronsink (posted January 30)
  • Randy Buist (posted January 27)
  • Phillip Clayton (posted January 27)
  • Sarah Cunningham (posted January 27)
  • Joseph Edelheit (posted January 27)
  • Kathy Helmers (posted January 27)
  • Tony Jones – statement posted January 27, but later removed
  • Brian McLaren (posted January 28)
  • Doug Pagitt (posted January 31)
  • Courtney Perry (posted January 28)
  • Pete Rollins (posted January 28)
  • Rachel Swan (posted January 28)
  • Phyllis Tickle (posted January 27)
  • John Vest (posted January 27)

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Social Media Eruption Late January Through February 2015

See Page 11F Social Media 2015 – Select Sources, Chronological Listing.

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Fuller Seminary Doctor of Ministry Cohort on

Christian Spirituality – Application Deadline – February 10, 2015

Fuller Theological Seminary was due to have a new cohort begin in June 2015 for a D.Min. degree in Christian Spirituality. This was to be led by Tony Jones as the Adjunct Professor. The application deadline was originally February 10, 2015, but the cohort was noted as postponed, sometime approximately during the first week of February 2015. No explanation was given for this action.

The webpage for the Christian Spirituality cohort notes the postponement in the body of the page, plus the title was dropped to the bottom of the list of cohorts on the left-hand navigation bar and noted as postponed.

Original scheduled for 2015-2016-2017

  • Tony Jones – Cohort Director – 2015 through 2017
  • Phyllis Tickle – Co-Teacher Year #1 – 2015
  • Brian McLaren (tentatively scheduled) – Co-Teacher Year #2 – 2016
  • Lauren Winner – Co-Teacher Year #3 – 2017

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Flipped: The Provocative Truth That Changes Everything

We Know About God, by Doug Pagitt – Convergence Books –

Release Date of February 17, 2015

Author:

  • Doug Pagitt

Editorial Reviews – Endorsement Quotes for Flipped on Amazon:

  • Rob Bell
  • Mariann Edgar Budde (Rt. Rev.)
  • Shane Claiborne
  • Brian D. McLaren
  • Sara Miles
  • Shauna Niequist
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Mike Slaughter
  • Phyllis Tickle

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Convergence US – A Gathering by the Sea – March 16-20, 2015

And a Partial List of Current Initiators [February 20, 2015]

The Convergence Network is hosting a summit called A Gathering by the Sea, at Marco Island in Florida, to “engage in vital conversation about what is emerging and converging among innovative, forward-leaning, generous-hearted Christians.”

Hosts:

  • Brian McLaren
  • Grace McLaren

Currently (as of February 20, 2015), the Convergence website shows 146 photos of Initiators. Most are not named, and I am not able to put name to all the faces. Here are the ones I am able to identify with relative certainty at this time.

Convergence Initiators:

  • Jim Antal
  • Jennifer Bailey
  • Diana Butler Bass
  • Ivy Beckwith
  • Rob Bell
  • Shawna Bowman
  • Tom Brackett
  • Randy Buist
  • Mariann Budde
  • Spencer Burke
  • Amy Butler
  • Jennifer Butler
  • Shaine Claiborne
  • Alan Chambers
  • Leslie Chambers
  • Philip Clayton
  • John Dorhauer
  • Eric Elnes
  • Jason Evans
  • Rachel Held Evans
  • Tripp Fuller
  • Gareth Higgins
  • Anne Howard
  • Alice Hunt
  • Steve Knight
  • Tony Jones
  • Sara Lund
  • Brian McLaren
  • Carol Howard Merritt
  • Doug Pagitt
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Brandan Robertson
  • Mark Scandrette
  • Danielle Shroyer
  • Stephanie Spellers
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Cameron Trimble (Rev.)

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The JoPa Group – Progressive Youth Ministry – March 19-21, 2015

The JoPa Group’s Progressive Youth Ministry 2015 event is scheduled for Chicago, IL, at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Amy Butler
  • Soong-Chan Rah
  • Debbie Blue
  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
  • Doug Ottati
  • Eric Barreto
  • Mandy Meisenheimer
  • Reggie Williams
  • Peter Rollins
  • John Vest

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Did God Kill Jesus?, by Tony Jones – HarperOne –

Release Date of March 24, 2015

Author:

  • Tony Jones

Editorial Review – Endorsement Quotes for Did God Kill Jesus? on Amazon:

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Shane Claiborne
  • Peter Enns
  • Rachel Held Evans
  • Adam Hamilton
  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Ph.D.
  • Brian McLaren
  • Ryan Meeks
  • José Francisco Morales (Rev.)
  • Sharon Tan
  • Phyllis Tickle
  • Lauren F. Winner

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The JoPa Group – Learning Adventures/Boundary Waters,

Theology of Creation – May 29 – June 2, 2015

The JoPa Group’s Learning Adventures, Boundary Waters, Theology of Creation with Tony Jones, is scheduled to go into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northeastern Minnesota.

JoPa event produced by:

  • Tony Jones
  • Doug Pagitt

Featured:

  • Tony Jones

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Hatchery “Common Cause Communities” Preview – May 30, 2015

The Hatchery LA sees “Common Cause Communities” as the future of church planting. They are partnering with the Twin Cities School of Theology to offer a Master’s in Theological Studies. The Hatchery Preview event and other guest faculty include:

  • Spencer Burke
  • Maria French
  • Tripp Fuller
  • Brian McLaren
  • Peter Rollins
  • Alexie Torres-Fleming

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Wild Goose Festival – July 9-12, 2015

Wild Goose Festival: Spirit, Justice, Music, Arts. The 2015 Festival is set for Hot Springs, NC, and the theme for 2015 isBlessed are the Peacemakers.” A list of speakers has not yet been announced, other than the fact that Brian McLaren will return as a speaker.

Featured:

  • Brian McLaren

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WX15 Why Christian? Speakers – September 18-20, 2015

WX15 / Why Christian? is scheduled to be held in Minneapolis, MN.

It was originally due to be produced by The JoPa Group, but it eventually was shifted to being produced through the co-curators for the conference. This was due to substantive protests during January 2015 after the original announcement of the forthcoming event. Key issues in the social media dissent revolved around Tony Jones and his alleged abusive treatment of his ex-wife, Julie McMahon. The JoPa Group reportedly stepped back from the event so it could go forward, and a new website was built for Why Christian?

Co-curators and producers for the event:

  • Nadia Bolz-Weber
  • Rachel Held Evans

Featured:

  • Austin Brown
  • Nichole Flores
  • Jodi Houge
  • Jes Kast-Keat
  • Mihee Kim-Kort
  • Rachel Murr
  • Kerlin Richter (Rev.)
  • Allyson Dylan Robinson
  • Emily Scott
  • Tiffany Thomas
  • Winnie Varghese

 

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