I can remember attending a Youth Specialties Core training event in Tulsa a few years ago. Marko came and did the presentation. It was pretty good, but the main presentation or the material involved is actually not what I remember about this event (Sorry Mr. O). I remember being cornered in the parking lot by another youth worker whom I had met earlier in the day. He found out that I was serving within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Most of the time when I mention our denomination's name I'm met with looks of bewilderment. Yes, we are a relatively small movement among the American churches.
To my surprise, this guy knew who we were. Now, he hadn't actually attended any of our churches, or even read anything about us. But a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of some guy he knew a long time ago told him we were a denomination that didn't stand for or believe anything at all. Of course, you can always rely on the word of someone that close and trusted. Now, we are a relatively open-minded denomination. We think our openness to differences of opinion on non-essential matters is a good thing. And we really enjoy the diversity that our lack of credal legalities gives us.
I bring this up because my clergy cluster has been in discussion over a new document that a commission within the Church is in the process of developing. It's the Disciples Identity Statement. Note: This is a work in progress. It has not been approved officially or anything yet. Right now the commission is circulating it amongst the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) to see how well people think it defines our identity and what it says about us to others. You can find it here.
I'm interested that you might read it and talk to me a bit. I'd like to hear from both those within the Christian Church (DOC) and from those not amongst our ranks. I want to know: "What does it tell you about us?"
Please also remember, I'm not looking for theological debates or treatises, or rants about whether or not you think a point is right or wrong. Those types of arguments will likely be deleted.