HERE COMES EVERYBODY!: Christian Communities that Work, an online telecast that explores the increasing interest in building inclusive and progressive faith-based communities with a commitment to mission, is available for on-demand viewing and on DVD.
The telecast from New York’s Trinity Church, Wall Street, originally aired May 25. Created by Trinity Television and New Media and presented by Trinity Institute in association with Episcopal Life and the National Council of Churches, the program gives lay and clergy leaders a resource for strengthening and building their faith communities through renewing basic practices such as hospitality, discerning the church’s calling, personal testimony, observing the Sabbath and open conversation.
The program’s premise is that, because of declining membership, financial worries and a sense that missions have become vague, mainline parishes and congregations are examining traditional methods of practicing Christianity and discerning new ways of being in community. Rick Johnson, director of Television and New Media, moderates a discussion with three prominent advocates for progressive discipleship: Diana Butler Bass, a senior researcher at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Va., and director of the Project on Congregations of Intentional Practice; Dean Alan Jones of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; and Brian D. McLaren, founder of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area.
“Here Comes Everybody! includes thoughtful discussion of some of Christianity’s current challenges, such as diminishing and aging congregations, reaching out to large and disparate communities, the promise of a reimagined Christianity and the paradox of a growing interest in secular ‘spirituality’ but an aversion to ‘religion,’” said Johnson. “This valuable discussion provides insight from some of today’s leading Christian community thinkers as well as input and questions from an online viewing audience.”
Trinity Church has made this valuable resource available as part of its mission to promote spiritual formation and development. The complete program includes interviews with the three leaders in church renewal, a panel discussion and a guide for discussion and reflection. It can be viewed free on demand at trinitywallstreet.org or purchased on DVD for $15 by visiting Trinity’s website.
For more information, visit http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/, a resource for faith formation, with weekly online telecasts of concerts, liturgy and special events.