A new book by Gerardo Marti (Davidson College, USA) and Gladys Ganiel (Coordinator of the MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation), The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford University Press), was showcased last month at a four-day event in Belfast, Holy Ghosts.
Holy Ghosts, billed as a ‘boutique arts and theo-poetic event,’ was curated by Peter Rollins, a leading figure in the international Emerging Church Movement (ECM) and a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics.
Ganiel delivered an evening talk on the ‘Questions that Haunt Emerging Christianity,’ focusing on how the work of Rollins and the Belfast-based Ikon collective poses challenging questions for the ECM. Rollins and Ikon feature prominently in the new book, which explores the ECM globally, while focusing on the US and Northern Ireland/UK/Ireland.
After the talk, Ganiel and Rollins answered questions from the audience, ranging from Ganiel’s interpretation of Rollins’ work, to the uniqueness of Ikon’s ‘transformance art’ approach, to Rollins’ understanding of his own place in the ECM ‘conversation.’
The book is now available for purchase online (£22) and will be launched in Belfast at a later date. A limited number of books will be available for a discount rate of £15 at the launch.
The Progressive Christian Network in Britain is organising a ‘Weekend with Peter Rollins: Godly Mayhem,’ 14-16 November in Derbyshire. There are discount rates for students.