Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The February Meeting at JFCI

Thank you, Justice for Children International, for hosting the February meeting of the Connecticut Emergent Cohort. It was great to spend some time with you, learn a little about the work you do, and have some excellent conversation. Thanks, Ivy, for facilitating the conversation and sharing your insights with us. And thank you to everyone who came. It was very good to be together. Anyone interested in joining the conversation is welcome to join us. If you have questions, please email me at We'll try to get together again in March.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

February 2007 Meeting

The Connecticut Cohort has not been very active over the past few months, but perhaps it is time to be re-invigorated. There are some new people on the email list, and we have some new energy as well.
The Cohort will gather at the offices of Justice for Children International (817 Chapel St., Suite 3E, New Haven, CT 06510) on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 PM. Our conversation partner will be Ivy Beckwith, author of _Postmodern Children's Ministry_ . Ivy also serves as the secretary on the Board of Directors of Emergent Village and has recently returned to Connecticut. (Welcome back, Ivy.) This will be a great gathering, and I hope you can make it.
Please let me know if you plan to attend.
Tim Oslovich

Thursday, June 15, 2006

June Meeting

Our next meeting of the Connecticut Emergent Cohort will be Saturday, June 17th at 4:00 PM at the home of Nancy Butler in Glastonbury, CT. (Email me for directions.) Our conversation partner for the day is Brother James Brent, O.P. (a friend of Karen Sloan who is part of our cohort). Brother James is a Dominican Friar in formation for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Br. James is currently writing a doctoral dissertation in philosophy on the relationship between faith and reason in the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. He is also knowledgeable about many of the philosophers (e.g., Alasdair MacIntyre and Michael Polanyi) who have influenced emergent leaders like Brian McLaren. We will talk with him about faith and reason and how philosophy impacts life and faith.
Please email me with any questions.

Tim Oslovich

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Best Sermon!

Bono's Best Sermon Yet
Global rockstar, Soulful poet, Political activist... U2's dynamic frontman has worn many hats in his public life.
Now add "Prophetic Preacher" to that list.
At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington last week (2/2/06), Bono delivered a riveting speech about the Bible's call for charity and justice on behalf of "the least of these" in the global community. His speech was remarkably explicit about the role Scripture, faith, and God play in his own life-- and a challenge to other Christ followers to move into action.
It was Bono's best sermon yet.
Marked by prophetic zeal, humility and humor, Bono began his remarks this way: "If you're wondering what I'm doing here, at a prayer breakfast, well, so am I. I'm certainly not here as a man of the cloth, unless that cloth is leather..."
CLICK HERE to read the FULL TEXT of his speech.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The good Lord ushers in a new sky, which reveals a new season. It's the season of warmer weather and growth. The winter season seems to be a time of rest or death, while the spring season seems to be a time for growth and development. What is the Lord doing throughout this new season? Why is He putting us through this new season? What is He developing within us? Can we go from a winter rest to a spring growth? What does that look like? Although you may think that the Lord is doing things that are against what you might think is good for you, remember, God is beyond good, God is beyond love, God is beyond grace. Yes, He is these things, but He is greater and much more than these simple qualities. So may you be encouraged that the Lord is doing wonderful things during this season of your life. Be of good cheer as you hold tight to Christ.

by: Huss @ "The Conversation"

Friday, March 31, 2006

A Beginning

The Connecticut Emergent Cohort met for the first time on March 23 in Glastonbury. We are fairly spread out geographically, so we are likely to move our meeting place around to equalize travel time. Our first meeting was spent mostly introducing ourselves and learning about each other and the ministry that we do.

We are looking forward to regular meetings for learning and mutual encouragement and invite anyone who is interested to join us. Our next meeting will be at First Congregational Church in Cheshire, CT. Rick Dacey, the senior pastor there, has graciously agreed to host us. You can get directions at We'll be meeting on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 PM. If you have any questions about the CT cohort, you can contact me, Tim Oslovich, at Also, please let me know if you'll be joining us so that we can be prepared for the right number of people. Thanks.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Emergent Connecticut

by Nelson Costa

For the last few years a number of people have had the opportunity to give their time and energy to the effort of Emergent. While Emergent has attempted to be a flat, open and "non-agended" organization, this should not lead one to believe that it has not been organized or that much work has not gone into creating events, arranging publishing, coordinating the website, making connections between people, etc. There have been many people involved in this effort.
I have had the privilege of being one who could give my time and energy. I can say after one year I have benefited greatly from having been involved with the people of Emergent.

This is just the beginning stage of this community in Connecticut!!