Last month, I was part of a group that met with Phyllis Tickle and other emerging church leaders prior to the Emergence Christianity event. At that meeting, Brian McLaren hinted at a new movement that was going to be announced soon, but he wasn’t able to give us much information. He did share a bit from a document that was going to be released about the movement, and it piqued my interest. So often one of the critiques that we hear about Emergent is that it is too white. We’ve been hearing that from day one, and we continue to hear it at every Emergent event that I’ve ever attended.
Mesa is a “global conversation among emerging Christian leaders.” And guess what? They’re not all white guys.
I’ve just spent a bit of time browsing their website, and this is some information from the site:
Several parallel conversations, networks, and movements have been emerging among committed Christians over the last century – in Africa and Latin America, in Asia and Europe, in the Pacific Islands and the Americas. These movements were characterized by a commitment to “integral mission” – integrating personal spirituality with social justice and compassion, based on a holistic understanding of Jesus’ core message. In recent years, these groups have begun connecting with one another more and more, and Mesa seeks to help their emerging ethos to deepen, spread, and move forward.