Queermergent Ethos

Posted on January 15, 2009

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i am very new to Word Press and not sure why a link to the About Page, which i call Ethos, is not a showing up on the main page. So i am including it here:

Why and What is Queermergent?

Queermergent  is a play on the words Queer and Emergent. Queermergent is a place for those who identify as LGBTQ who are desiring a safe place to partake in mature discussions regarding the LGBTQ community of faith within a 21st Century, postmodern, emergent/emerging church context. Queermergent is also a space for those that are not from the LGBTQ community but desire to understand us more, ask questions, and contribute to the queer conversation in a life-affirming way. Queermergent seeks to be inclusive to ALL  people including heterosexuals. This is NOT a place to bash us queer folk. Conversation, dialogue, and questions are desired to move the conversation along in a forward momentum. We can disagree in a kind and generous way. PLEASE, NO PREACHING and telling people they are wrong and/or going to hell. We have all heard those arguments and do not find them loving nor helpful in finding a place of understanding and moving forward. Always be respectful and converse by way of Jesus’ example. This is a virtual space for community among those who, as Queer Christ-followers, have felt like despised heretics, aliens, weirdos, and outcasts. Welcome, all you who are weary and heavy laden. Bless you as we join one another at the table and break bread together.

Theology and Philosophical thoughts from Pete Rollins that Queermergents resonate with and desire to see in our interactions here at Queermergent. . .

In the words of Rollins,”I hope that people … will realize that deconstructive approaches to faith should never become ‘deconstructionism’, i.e. just another doctrinal system which one has to believe in order to be ‘in’. The point here is not so much to create a new set of beliefs but rather to challenge the way that we hold our beliefs. It is not about holding them lightly any more than it is about holding them tightly. It is about interacting with them in a different register entirely. I am constantly attempting to draw people back to the idea that faith is about living in the aftermath of an event that utterly transforms our mode of being in the world. Thus, while faith operates within language (for we are language beings) the Event of faith is never reducible to language.”

For Rollins, the word orthodoxy,

“today has taken on a rather unhelpful Enlightenment-influenced definition as “correct belief”-the ability to affirm a certain creedal formation. However, in the more ancient tradition the doxa of orthodoxy does not refer to belief but rather to praise. We see this in the word “doxology” which doesn’t mean belief, but rather worship. So orthodoxy actually means correct praise not correct belief. In that kind of a way, it becomes less about the affirmation of a theological approach-important as theology is-but a way of being like Jesus. We have to rediscover this idea that orthodoxy isn’t belief -oriented but praxis-oriented. In this way the approach I outline isn’t un-orthodox if it helps to bring people back to wonder and praise. Whether it does or not is of course open to question.”

Accordingly, the task of orthodoxy according toRollins is that,

“The answer to that is simple, and yet infinitely complex, for to be orthodox is to bring praise to God through one’s life. While people these days are asking the question, “Is Christianity true?,” the more fundamental question must be, “What does Christ mean when he uses the word truth?” The reason I am asking that question is that when Jesus talks about the truth, He talk about life. The truth is what brings life. My axiom for today is that Christianity at its core doesn’t explain life but it brings life. We must thus ask whether our beliefs and actions bring life, healing and love to the people in the world.”

Rollins sees being a Christian as

” entering into a journey of becoming one. It does not mean accepting a world view but rather entering into a healing journey of life. To be a Christian also means that one is committed to exploring this life through the Judeo-Christian tradition, wrestling with it, learning from it and being transformed by it. Being a Christian means learning how to be the opening of life into the world.”

So, welcome as we journey together in learning how to be this opening of life into the world in which we live, breathe, and be! Thank you for joining us.

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