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Amanda [Washington US] isn't alone.

[01.06]

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let's chat.

So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
My nameís AmandaÖ Iím from Washington and currently Iím a student although Iím taking a year off to work in the city on the East coast to work with the urban poor.

Can I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?
Iím a tea drinkerÖ Green tea would be appreciated.

Would you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
No Iíll pass for nowÖ I might come back for something to nibble on in a bit.

So, if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
This movement is an opportunity for people to take a look at the word of Jesus and apply it to today instead of waiting until death to find out what the kingdom of heaven is.

Are you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of how you got involved?
Iíd say Iím an instigator, although I have never been given any official title.

What do you value most about being part of it?
I enjoy finally knowing Iím not the only one questioning the main church and knowing Iím apart of something that has the power to make a great amount of change to start rebuilding in this world and maybe, finally making it a better place.

What excites you most about it?
Finally having some sort of support group to help share the ideas Iíve had for years, but never had the ability to apply a solid term to describe what Iíve been thinking. Iím excited to start seeing change.

Has anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect? What did they say?
Hallelujah! A lot of people are excited to know they havenít been alone
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Three words that describe your attitude to 'being church' in the big wide world: Iím not really sure what this is referring to. Maybe how I show my faith? compassion, servitude and kindness.

Three words that DON'T:
Judgement, close-minded,

You have this weird dream - you meet Jesus face to face.
Where does it happen, what does he say to you?

Iíd probably see him on the streets, maybe in form of a bum or small child, and he would tell me this is how itís supposed to be.

What's the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
Maybe theyíve had it wrong for way too long. And itís up to us to make it right again.

What would your 'emerging church survival kit' contain?
My bible, attire that will keep through a variety of conditions, Everything Must Change by Brian Mclaren (Which if you havenít read you need to) and probably a hair tie. Maybe a football.

Anything else you'd like to share with us before you have to rush off?
Go read that bookÖ Itís an eye opener.

Oh... and Iíll take a bagel with cream cheese on the way out :]

Thanks. Good to see you, have a good day!

 

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