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Emerging Leaders Institute 2014

The Hyphenated Pastor:
Creating Church at the Intersection of Movements and Institutions
conference for Emerging Leaders in the Progressive Christian Movement
featuring Brian McLaren
Oct. 20–23, 2014

Into the Current: PDF of Jim Gertmenian's sermon, Oct. 23, 2014

The Plymouth Center for Progressive Christian Faith continues its commitment to nurture leaders for the future. At its 2014 conference, Brian McLaren, prominent leader in the Emergent Church movement, worked with a select group of young clergy to discern how to simultaneously be good stewards of their congregations and also contribute to the progressive Christian movement.

These clergy serving in their first seven years will share an “enthusiasm for a progressive, generous, world-changing expression of Christianity,” wrote Chicago pastor Erik Christensen of his Emerging Leaders Institute experience.

The Emerging Leaders Institute matches emerging leaders from around the country with nationally prominent mentors in the progressive Christian movement. It is sponsored by the Plymouth Center for Progressive Christian Faith, The Beatitudes Society and others.

In 2012, the Center hosted “Healing the Heart of Democracy,” a conference for Emerging Leaders in the Progressive Christian Movement, featuring Parker J. Palmer & Marcy Jackson from The Center for Courage & Renewal.

In 2011, as part of “Leading Progressive Christian Congregations in a Pluralistic World,” Diana Butler Bass presented a preview of the research in her Christianity After Religion.


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The Plymouth Center's mission is to articulate, share and act upon foundational and emerging values of progressive Christian faith that respect and care for all people and the Earth.

The Plymouth Center also sponsored a national conference, "Voting Justice, Voting Hope," in 2008. It featured keynote speakers Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun and Ray Suarez of NPR and PBS, plus 30 sessions on various topics facilitated by 16 other progressive leaders.


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