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Friday, February 29, 2008

The Becoming of G-d: What the Trinitarian nature of God has to do with Church and a deep Spirituality for the Twenty First Century

Sorry that I have somewhat neglecting this blog this month. This is because I have been working like a dog on my next book - the Becoming of G-d. In this book I have taken the concepts of my first book on the practice of emerging and fresh expressions of Church, and explored them in more detail and in wider application. I explore how a deeper understanding of the Trinity birthed through the early Cappadocian Church writers helps us reimagine the nature of God through a more apophatic reading. Further, I explore how the Church is called to reflect this nature of God in its form and function. In this way the Western Church is freed from its limited understanding of the Trinity, (the unfortunate achilles heel of St Augustine's interpretation) releasing the Church to be more pioneering, fresh and engaging through a better understanding of the Trinity, and in particular, the person of the Holy Spirit.

As G-d becomes as a continuing event through human history this God reframes who we are and what Church is called to be. We are all on a journey of 'individual human-becoming' and the Church as a 'transformative event of God's love and action'. In this way we have rediscovered an ancient:future expression of the Christian faith and church in an Age of New Mysticism.

The book also includes images, poems, stories and reflections by contributors from the Emerging Church in the UK, Ireland and the USA. The book is to be published by YTC Press in Cambridge, and all proceeds go towards the work of Moot. I will be promoting the book on a tour of the US and Canada in June that looks to be including:

- New York
- Buffalo
- Denver
- Chicago
- San Francisco
- Seattle
- Vancouver

The book will be available for order soon in the US & UK through YTC Press.

2 comments:

Rob said...

cool - I look forward to a good read!

Lamont said...

Ian,
Maybe you could come to Jamestown to do some session on the new book - we are in NY!
Tara