This Year's Special Guests
Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes
is the Senior Pastor of Countryside Community Church (UCC) in Omaha, NE. He is also the host of Darkwood Brew, a weekly, interactive webcast that gathers
people from around the world for an engaging exploration of Convergence
Christianity using a blend of ancient Christian mystical practice (lectio divina), modern interactive web
technology, world-class jazz, arts, biblical scholarship, special guests from
around the world via Skype. With a Ph.D.
in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary, Elnes is the author of
several books and publications including, The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for
the Future of Christianity (Jossey-Bass, 2006) and a book on experiential worship called Igniting
Worship: The Seven Deadly Sins (Abingdon, 2004), and his forthcoming book, Gifts of the Dark Wood:
Seven Paths Beyond Religious Certainty That Point A Way Home (Abingdon,
Dr. Elnes also helped lead a 2,500 walk from Phoenix to
Washington, DC, in 2006 to promote awareness of progressive Christian faith and
practice and meet with Christians at a grassroots to hear their hopes and
dreams for the future of faith in America.
His journey, which is the subject of a feature-length film, The Asphalt Gospel, is recounted in his book, Asphalt
Jesus: Finding a New Christian Faith on the Highways of America (Jossey-Bass, 2007).
Rev. Ben Guess