Don't you just hate it when people start up a blog and then don't posts for weeks/months/years at a time? Well, it looks like there's a danger this might turn into one of those blogs.
I have been on a crazy ride the last few months. Being the perfectionist that I am, when I do post, I want to have well thought out "articles". I don't have time to write articles and since there hasn't been a lot of feedback on the site, I have no idea what to write. Do I need to convince people of universalism? Encourage people? Help people find resources? I don't know. I've got to get over that and just post what I can when I can. The articles can come later (or not at all).
I quit my day job a month ago. I am now working for myself full time. So, you'd think I'd have more time. Right?- Wrong. I am busier than ever now that I know I have to make my own business my sole income for the family. But, I am committed to making a lifestyle change at the same time and am making some progress on not working all of the time.
I've been taking a long hard look at the emerging church movement and am excited to say I've actually found some real flesh and blood people to talk to about it. I had lunch with one of the pastors at our church last week and admitted to not only being involved in the emerging church thing but that I am also a universalist. I haven't been ex-communicated (yet). So, that's a good thing.
I also met with an emerging church "cohort" on Saturday. That was really interesting. People of different denominations getting together (in a local pub) to talk about how we can do things differently to reach both the churched (some of whom are getting pretty sick of church) and the unchurched who want to explore their spirituality but who do not necessarily want to become "religious" because of all of the negative connotations that go along with Christianity. I am very excited about exploring both of these things more even though Universalism is not really central on the radar of emergence. At least when I am talking to these people, it's in a venue where people are open to listening to other ideas without immediately labeling you as a heretic.
So, that's what's been happening with me lately.