The 2010 Emergent Village Theological Conversation:

Creating Liberated Spaces in a Postcolonial World


Monday, Nov. 1, 2:30 PM 
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 12:30 PM 

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First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta 
1328 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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Monday November 1
2:30pm - Registration opens
5:30 - Dinner on your own
7-9 - Opening Session
Tuesday November 2
8:30 - Coffee
9-10:30 - Session Two
10:30-11:00 - Coffee Break
11-12:15 - Session Three
12:30-2:00 - Lunch
2:00-3:30:  Session Four
3:30-4:00  Coffee
4:00 – 5:00 - Workshops
5:00 – 6:00 – Joint session
Wednesday, November 3
8:30 - Coffee
9:00-10:15 - Session Five
10:15-10:45 - Coffee Break
10:45-12:30 - Concluding Session

Restaurant Suggestions

within a block north...
»Subway--1389 Peachtree St NE # 110
»Lattetude Coffee Lounge & Bistro--1375 Peachtree St

within 2 blocks south...
»Houlihan's-- SE corner of Peachtree & 15th Streets
»Tamarind Seed--Colony Square Mall, Ste 110
»Goldberg's Bagel & Deli--1197 Peachtree Street NE
»Tokyo Shapiro--303 Peachtree Center Ave NE
»Pegasus Cafe--1230 Peachtree St NE # 175

within 4 blocks south...
»Flip Flops--1140 Crescent Ave NE
»South City Kitchen--1144 Crescent Ave. NE (14th St.)

within 6 blocks south...
»Einstein's--1077 Juniper St NE
»Joe's on Juniper--1049 Juniper St NE


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Columbia Theological Seminary


The 2010 Emergent Village Theological Conversation will feature a global panel of theologians- Musa Dube of Botswana, Richard Twiss of the Lakota Sioux tribe, and Colin Greene of the UK.  Engaging issues ranging from mission to postcolonialism to the AIDS epidemic, the Conversation is sure to be as rich as it is lively.  Our panel of theologians will share stories and parables from their traditions, discuss their latest theological research, and challenge the Western American Church to engage and welcome voices from the margins.

Don't miss this opportunity to become more familiar with theologians doing remarkable work in their respective (and distinct!) contexts. We are certain it will be a landmark year in what has become Emergent Village's signature event.

 Our speakers:

Musa Dube 

Musa Dube, Professor of New Testament at the University of Botswana and author of A Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible.

 Richard Twiss

Richard Twiss is a member of the Rosebud Lakota/Sioux Tribe and the author of One Church, Many Tribes. He is the President of Wiconi International. 

 Colin Greene

Colin Greene is Director of Metavista Consultancy and visiting Fellow of Bible, Theology and Culture at St John's College Durham, UK. He is author of Christology in Cultural Perspective and Metavista: Bible Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination.


Recommended Pre-Conference Reading:

Postcolonial Feminist Interpretation of the Bible by Musa Dube
Metavista by Colin Greene
One Church, Many Tribes by Richard Twiss

You can find these books in the Emergent Village Amazon store at  (A portion of your purchase will be donated to EV to help underwrite the costs of this event.)

As an extra bonus, Baker Books has made available a chapter by Richard Twiss from the recently released book, The Justice Project.   You will receive a link to this excerpt when you register for the Conversation. 

Plan ahead & save!  Registration is only $99 before October 1; the rate increases to just $129 for the final month of registration.
Travel:  Nearest airport is Hartsfield Jackson Int'l Airport (ATL)
First Presbyterian Church is located in a vibrant area of downtown Atlanta, within easy walking distance of museums & restaurants. 
Lodging information will be available shortly. 
Meals:  Coffee and snacks will be provided throughout the event.  All meals will be on your own; we'll be happy to provide recommendations.   
  • Register today!  Pre-conference registration for this remarkable event is only $129.
  • If you're local to the area & can't attend the full conference, consider joining us for  Monday evening; registration for the opening session is only $25. 
  • First Presbyterian Church is located in a vibrant area of downtown Atlanta, within easy walking distance of museums & restaurants. 
  • Travel:  Nearest airport is Hartsfield Jackson Int'l Airport (ATL).  Train service is available directly from the airport to Arts Center station, within walking distance of First Presbyterian Church.  MARTA's Red & Gold lines both run this route; fares are $2.00.  For more info, visit MARTA's website
  • A block of rooms has been reserved at the Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown, at the special conference rate of $109/night, including breakfast.  Rooms are limited; book yours by visiting this website.  
  • Parking is available for a nominal fee, for the duration of our event, in the church parking lot.   
  •  Meals:  Coffee and snacks will be provided throughout the event.  All meals will be on your own; we'll be happy to provide recommendations.   
  • For rideshare and roomshare information, please click here.  
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Tuesday afternoon workshops include:

Herding Cats: Non-Authoritarian Models of Leadership for a Post-Colonial World | Mike Stavlund
This workshop explores methods for making room for all of the voices in our communities of faith and practice.  Though the concept of "equipping the saints" is Biblical, it can often be a kind of power-play and a bit imperialistic.  For example, those who experience God artistically often have their perspectives marginalized in the way many churches function.  Join us as we explore the tension between our aspirations toward flat, leaderless organizations--places where the voices of everyone can find equal space--and the realities of needing to exercise more leadership than we'd prefer.

Everyday Justice as Liberation | Julie Clawson
As we respond to living in a colonizing empire how can we both acknowledge the reality of our global situation while at the same time resist forces that oppress?  This session will explore the continuing effects of the colonial mindset that seeks prosperity for some at the expense of others. It will also propose practical suggestions for subverting this impulse while highlighting the biblical texts that suggest acts of justice as a liberating response to empire.

Practicing the Way of Jesus | Mark Scandrette
Many of us are filled with holy discontent and longing for a more holistic, integrative and compassionate way of faith. How can we move from critiquing what is to creating what can be?  This workshop will explore the potential of group experimentation and collaborative action for renewing our faith and practice.

Stories That Compost | Melvin Bray
This is a storytelling workshop for a post-colonial world. It is not about storytelling technique. It's about identifying the biblical, communal and personal stories that animate your faith imagination. Then articulating those stories in ways that give permission for them to be composted and recomposed as needed. It's open source storytelling to equip our communities and, ultimately, our children, to grapple with the anticipated and unanticipated challenges of their time—even as we try imperfectly now to do the same. Workshop participants are invited to contribute to The Stories in Which We Find Ourselves story project.

The Art of Transformational Worship | Troy Bronsink
In his book Metavista, Colin Greene describes that transformational worship is not escapist, it's existential. Issues of prejudice and hegemony are confessed and worshipers are transformed into agents of justice and reconciliation.  In this workshop, we will explore values of worship in a conceptual and inventive age.  We will trade insights and discoveries from our own contexts and crafts.