Monday, April 12, 2010

Great Emergence Author to Speak Friday April 23 at Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Author Phyllis Tickle believes that about every 500 years the church undergoes a period of upheaval. One example is the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century. She also believes that contemporary Christianity is in the midst of such a tectonic change. She calls it the “Great Emergence.”

The author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, Tickle will discuss this phenomenon in two presentations on Friday, April 23, at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E. Main Street in Bexley. The cost of the event is $50 and registration is required.

Tickle explains that during these periods of upheaval, old forms of spirituality are replaced with new ones. Existing forms do not become obsolete or invalid. “Just as the Protestant Reformation did not spell the end of the Roman Catholic Church—it emerged stronger and more vibrant—mainline denominations won’t disappear,” she says.

Tickle is the founding editor of the religion department at Publisher’s Weekly, the author of more than a dozen books and the Divine Hours series, which includes The Divine Hours: A Complete Guide to the Ancient Practice of Fixed-hour Prayer.

To register online, visit, or contact Erin Reynolds at 235-4136.

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