Wednesday, October 21, 2009

New Website

I have been working on the creation of a new web site and it is finally up.  And though I still have some content to tweak and write I thought I would officially signal its presence.

Check it out if you have a moment:


Also, my new book, “Thy Kingdom Connected” is nearly ready to hit the shelves.

Peace, dwight

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Friday, September 4, 2009

heading to winnipeg

In just a couple of weeks I get to head up to Winnipeg (near the town I grew up in – Brandon), to join my friend, Jeff Cook and the Transcona Memorial United Church for a weekend of exploring the question: “Dose the Future have a Church?”

I will be facilitating three sessions:

  • What’s God up to in the church today?
  • Being Missional in the Suburbs
  • Getting in tune with God

Here’s a link for more info if you might be interested in participating.

I recently talked with my publisher and even my new book is not due out until Nov 1, there is a slight chance that it could be ready for this event.  We’ll see . . . no promises.

Peace, dwight

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Friday, June 26, 2009

mourning the loss of Ray S. Anderson

Ever since I learned of the death of theologian Ray Anderson (he passed away on Sunday 6/21), I’ve found myself reflecting on how he choose to live his life, which has led me to also reflect on my own.  Dr. Anderson was the consummate pastor/theologian, serving in the same geographical community, learning community and faith community for decades. Ray was the theologian, who more than anyone shaped my incarnational theology; and has been a leading light in the integration of theology & psychology.  And I love the way he personally invested himself in the lives of emerging church leaders.

Though I did not know Dr. Anderson personally, I have read many, many of his writings, and have been personally influenced by many whose lives he touched.  For a lovely tribute of his life see Christian D. Kettler’s blog.

My deepest condolences go out to all those for whom Ray’s death leaves a daily void.

peace, dwight

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

envision ’09

PRESS RELEASE for envision ’09

Evangelical, Mainline Theologians Gather in DC to Rethink Freedom and Faith

(Washington, DC) – As unrest in Iran continues to highlight the role of religion in public life overseas and U.S. faith leaders of diverse stripes gauge their role in public life at a time of political change, evangelical and mainline theologians are reaching across party lines to rethink the intersection of freedom and faith in the United States. Leading evangelical and mainline scholars, activists, and policy professionals will gather at the 2009 Envision Scholars Seminar in Washington, DC June 25-27 to critically examine the concept of freedom in American democracy and Christian theology.

Though some claim the Obama Presidency means a new era in American politics, questions raised by the civil rights movement remain important for churches whose services continue to be the most segregated hour in America. The Seminar will begin with a discussion of conceptions of freedom in the black freedom movement in light of the Obama presidency, followed by discussions of the changing role of faith communities in light of the current economic crisis, climate change, debates concerning marriage and human sexuality, American foreign policy, and religious fundamentalism.

The Seminar grew out of the Envision ’08 Conference – a national conference at Princeton University that brought together multi-generational leaders, scholars, artists and activists from across the theological spectrum, including prominent Christians such as Richard Cizik, Shane Claiborne, Rita Nakashima Brock, Lisa Sharon Harper, Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., and Jim Wallis. “Evangelicals are not just a people of vision,” said Richard Cizik “but are also implementing a public strategy that is transforming culture beyond politics.” The energy and enthusiasm of the Envision movement is part of a growing trend best described by Jim Wallis: “What we’re witnessing is the beginning of what could be another Great Awakening in which the hunger for spirituality and social justice are fueling a revival and inspiring a movement that will significantly impact American Politics.”

Peace, dwight

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

what is postmodernism?

Nathan & Justin created an 18 minute exploration of “postmodernism” in which they interview an architect, a graphic designer, a pastor and a cafe owner.  Really well done and worth taking a peek at.

Peace, dwight

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rhythm of puget sound

Joshua Longbrake is a brilliant photographer.  I recently came across a time-lapse piece he created while sitting in a meeting on the 4th floor of MHGS.  Joshua writes, “There’s something sacred and beautiful about combining the fast and the slow.”

Here is one of his photographs I recently added to my collection.

peace, dwight
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Thy Kingdom Connected

So my first solo book now has cover art.  And is listed on for preorder.  The book is being published in Baker’s emersion line and will be avaible in November. 

peace, dwight

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

MHGS “What if…?” #2

A promo piece for Mars Hill Graduate School that I got to participate in.

peace, dwight

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Friday, May 15, 2009

mission in a global context

One of the courses of study I get to guide missional leaders through at MHGS is “Mission in a Global Context.”  Each year one of the learning engagements we do together is teaming up in small groups to participate with God in what God is doing in our city of Seattle.  Here is a video that one of the groups put together.

peace, dwight
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

faith & justice conversation in & for Seattle

Saturday, May 16th 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

“Come Holy Spirit! Come!” for millennia Christians have given voice to this prayer. Across traditions, denomination; on the week before the Church remembers the first Pentecost Christ-followers from many traditions will gather in Seattle to envision faith and justice in our city.

Evangelical, Emerging Church, Catholic, and Mainline Christians together with those who are spiritually inclined but unrelated to any Christian community will gather in Seattle for an open “World Cafe” Conversation.  All who participate will play a dynamic role in giving form and content to our envisioning conversation. 

Our gathering theme is “Faith and Justice in the 21st Century.” Our context is the needs of our neighborhoods and cities in a time of economic recession calling us to new forms of engagement. The agenda for the day will be relaxed, giving us all room to share what we hear the Spirit calling us to do in our neighborhoods, in our cities. While we honor the gifts of the traditions in which we live, the organizers of this gathering no longer believe it is God’s will that our traditions divide us as we carry out the mission to which we are called.

Click here for more information or here for registration,

See you there,

peace, dwight

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