January 30, 2009 / Perspective
In ‘The Great Emergence,’ Phyllis Tickle gives a concise overview of church history, describes a cycle of immense change, and pinpoints the present as a moment of great upheaval, opportunity, and change.
Phyllis Tickle, the author of The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why, was founding editor of the religion department at Publisher’s Weekly, and as such, was largely responsible for bringing spiritual discussion back to mainstream publishing. Her many books include Christmastide: Prayers for Advent Through Epiphany from The Divine Hours, The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime, Prayer Is a Place, and The Words of Jesus: A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord, a book that answers the question, “What would happen if you took just the words of Jesus from the New Testament, just what He said, and then wrote something about them?”a Tickle lives in Memphis, where she is a lay Eucharistic minister to the gay and lesbian community. Her Sunday blog can be found at http://explorefaith.org/resources/blog/phyllis_tickles_first_sundays/index.php.