In 2001, several seminary students conceived of re-church as a gathering to re-conceptualize what it means to be the church in a contemporary, dynamic context. Originally a component of the SEEDS conference at Andrews University, re-church has since morphed into an annual gathering that focuses on practical engagement with the world. Gatherings have sought to be both provocative and enriching, highlighting key issues for our generation that lie at the intersection of the gospel and contemporary culture.
Recent re:church events include:
In New York City (2002)—Loving Babylon: How to Love the City, uncovered a biblical, urban theology that instructs us to love the city and work for its healing and prosperity.
In Southern Calif. (2003)— Dancing with God: Steps to Loving Well invited us to explore the rich depth and breadth of spiritual practices God can use for our transformation if we will make space for them in our lives.
In Philadelphia (2004)—Micah 6:8: Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly was held at the Campolo School for Social Change and featured Tony Campolo as keynote speaker. The gathering challenged us to be doers and not simply hearers of the word, to be actively engaged in working for peace and justice in our world.
In 2005 nearly there was major change in the lives of the coordinators of re-church and we took a step back to evaluate.
This October (2006) we are holding our next event in Columbus, Ohio, linking to the National Conference on Innovation. At this event we will not only talk about innovating the future in our local minstry contexts, but also the future of re-church as a network. We hope you’ll join us and be a part of this next chapter.