Schedule 2009-2010

Word and Life

This Fall, 2009

The Emerging Church

This Fall we are expanding our format beyond books, to explore a current topic called "The Emerging Church." We will view and discuss video clips by leading authorities such as Richard Rohr, Ken Wilber, Thomas Keating, and others.  We will also have personal-experience presentations relating to the emerging church as well as expert speakers on related subjects.  Instead of a book, we will provide summaries and booklets based on the speaker or theme of the video.  The Steering Committee thanks Bob Doering for his leadership in selecting and preparing the video clips.

All sessions will be on Thursdays from 10 AM to 12 noon at the Holy Cross Church Parish Hall, 1740 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. The series fee, $50, includes all handouts and study material. Financial aid is available to enable those on restricted budgets to attend; contact a member of the Steering Committee,

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Sept. 17 What is the "Emerging Church?" Overview.
Listen to Part 1
Listen to Part 2
Video clips & discussion*
Bob Doering, moderator
Sept. 24 Fr. Richard Rohr on the Emerging Church
Listen to Part 1
Listen to Part 2
Rohr video clips & discussion*
Barbara Krahn, moderator
Oct. 1 The Growth of Intentional Eucharistic Communities
Introduction by Harriet Burke
Listen to Suzanne Dunn's presentation
Listen to Suzanne Dunn's conclusions
Listen to group discussion
Suzanne Dunn,
Church of the Beatitudes
Oct. 8 Environmental Spirituality at the Personal Level
Prayer / Song / Introduction
Listen to Franklin Fong's presentation
Listen to group discussion
Franklin Fong, OFM,
Franciscan priest & scientist
Oct. 15 Honoring Creation as Church Communities
Introductory meditation
Listen to Betsy Reifsnider's presentation
Listen to group discussion
Betsy Reifsnider, Catholic Charities,
Diocese of Stockton
Oct. 22 Ken Wilber and Thomas Keating on the Future of Christianity (pt. I)
Listen to Keating excerpt & group discussion
Video clips & discussion*
Bob Doering, moderator,
with Joanna Williams
Oct. 29

Ken Wilber and Thomas Keating on the Future of Christianity (pt. II)
Introductory prayer
Listen to audio excerpts & remarks
Listen to group discussion

Video clips & discussion*
Bob Doering, moderator
Nov. 5 The Divine Awakening Within
Introduction & prayer
Listen to Christiane Richards' remarks
Listen to group discussion
Christiane Richards,
member, W & L
Nov. 12 Survey of Emerging Creeds
Listen to Keith Forster's historical perspective
Listen to group discussion
Overview by Keith Forster, member, W & L;
Small group discussions
Nov. 19 Summary of Leading Trends in the Emerging Church
Introduction & prayer
Listen to Part 1 excerpts
Listen to Part 2 excerpts
See and hear the final blessing
Pre-registration for Winter Study and

Video brief clips & discussion*
Bob Doering, moderator.

Speakers at the "Emerging Church" conference in Albuquerque, March 20-22, 2009, included Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Alexie Torres-Fleming, Shane Claiborne, and Fr. Richard Rohr.



*NOTE: All video clips & discussions facilitated by Bob Doering and members of the Word & Life Steering Committee unless otherwise noted.


When arrangements can be made, we provide digital audio recordings of these presentations for the convenience of those who missed them. Click the blue links above as they become available, to review the presentations. Be patient while the MP3 files download, as they can be large (5 to 10 MB each in size). You may listen through your computer using headphones or speakers, or download the files for later listening on a device like an iPod.

Previous calendars and presenters
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Winter-Spring 2006 Fall 2006
Winter-Spring 2007 Fall 2007
Winter-Spring 2008 Fall 2008
Winter-Spring 2009