hi everyone. i'm karen ward, a church planter and roving god watcher in seattle, washington. when i got my invite from andrew to be on the blogging team, and i read about how kingdom bloggers would be networked all over the globe, i thought, this is massive... this is an organic living example of "emergence theory" becoming a reality in the global church.
all of this jives with this book (from a non church vantage point) that i recently read called "emergence- the connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software" by steven johnson. it is not an "easy read," but is a quirky, fascinating and hugely relevant foray into the science of complexity and the rising theory of emergence (as the "bottom up" organizational paradigm that is increasingly guiding research across a myriad of disciplines). emergence theory already underlies the internet, and will increasingly inform the patterning of the 21st century church (as this akingdom space blog is a prime example).
about the title of this post. when i got the blog invite, i also thought of those catchy global aide songs that were popular back in the 80's (when i was in college), where people swayed and sang "we are the world, we are the children..." well, in many ways, kingdomspace blogging is a making a reality of something that was formerly and mostly swayed. we are the world. we are god's children. we are helping to connect what god is doing all over the globe.