I'm a big believer that since theology is primarily about relationship that the act theology should also be something that is done in community. So I've been making an effort over the last few months to find ways to get more connected both locally and globally to the theological world. I've been talking with all sorts of cool people and have made lots of connections. Its been a great experience so far. One of those connections was to try to get involved with a local theological peer group. I figured that theologians must get together in the same way as writers or scientists do and share their work with their peers for enrichment and feedback. To make a long story short: since I didn't find a group like that, I decided to get together with a couple church builder types and make one. In addition to yours truly, our founders are Linda Bergquist, adjunct professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
and church planter extraordinaire, and Mark Scandrette, head of Re-Imagine
and groovy Emergent
bohemian dude. We're calling it the Sugarlump Theological Salon
, and you're invited.
Wikipedia defines salon
“a gathering of stimulating people of quality under the roof of an inspiring hostess or host, partly to amuse one another and partly to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation and readings”.
The Sugarlump Theological Salon is a gathering of Christian theologians and thinkers in the San Francisco Bay Area who meet in order to share and discuss their ideas and get peer feedback from one another. In the tradition of "The Inkling" (the literary group of C.S. Lewis's and J.R.R. Tolkien that met in a pub for readings and criticism of their own work) we meet in a coffee house (the San Francisco equivalent of a pub) called the “Sugarlump Coffee Lounge”.
I've made a webpage where you can find out more about upcoming Sugarlump talks and even share your own theological work with us. Just click over to the salon page