Posted by: judy | February 6, 2010

ThinkFwd: Interview with Karen Sloan, CCO/Jubilee Speaker

As those associated with CCO/Jubilee Conference continue to deny that the Coalition for Christian Outreach are participating in the Emerging Church and Emergent Conversation — their choice of speakers is contradictive.

Meet Jubilee Speaker Karen Sloan:   

Leading Formation House is our PriorKaren Sloan, a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her deep interest in blending old and new monasticism is expressed in her book Flirting with Monasticism: Finding God on Ancient Paths. In recent years she has been a voice in conversations about the church emerging, including contributing the chapter “Emergent Kissing” in An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, and promoting the Presbymergent network. She earned a Masters of Divinity, with a concentration in Cross Cultural Studies, at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Studies, from Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges. Karen is a high extrovert who deeply enjoys living in community and relating with the networks of folks she has gotten know around the country through several years of itinerant speaking. Before that nomadic period, Karen served as a Campus Minister at Quinnipiac University. At her core Karen is passionate about prayer in nearly any form it occurs, however she holds a particular love for fixed hour prayer, or as is traditionally referred to, Liturgy of the Hours.  

Spencer Burke “catches up with Karen Sloan at the Emergent Church Conference”

Notable Quotes from Karen:

” . . . the part of the Body of Christ that comes out of Ancient Monasticsm . . .” 

“Read your Bible and Pray” BUT our tradition doesn’t have a whole lot of resources as to how we do that . . .

“Flirting with Monasticsm isn’t the only way to get close to God but I highly recommend that one . . .

“What we want to do is to create channels for people to go deeper in their own faith . . .”



  1. Let’s all join hands and sing Kum Bah Yah!

    Sounds like this CCO/Jubilee speaker is going to ‘teach’ the students all about how to join with Rome by practicing all the wonderful monastic traditions of the the Desert Fathers.

    Where’s the discernment?


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