John LaGrou announces the Wikiklesia Project:

Len Hjalmarson and I are launching Wikiklesia: Voices of the Virtual World — a collaborative / ecclesial e-book – virtual, self-organizing, participatory. From purpose to publication in four weeks. A collective and chaordic conversation on how technology is changing the church. Voices will be available as a PDF e-book on Amazon, and will include MP3 audio of each chapter in the author’s own voice. All proceeds from the Wikiklesia Project will be contributed to the Not For Sale campaign.

Here’s the best part. You can write a chapter for the book. We’re inviting 33 & 1/3 writers to share their perspectives and experiences on the intersection of technology and faith – an exploration on how emerging technologies are shaping the church. Send us a short proposal ASAP. We’ll read them all and invite the most visionary and intriguing ideas to be fleshed out for inclusion.

Finished chapters are due June 4 and may range between 1000 and 2000 words. Images, diagrams, photos – all good, but if you add visuals, reduce your word count accordingly. Creativity is encouraged. Free verse? Acrostic sonnets? A Vikram Seth style short story in rhyming tetrameter? It’s all good.

To kick start the Wikiklesia Project, a few guest authors have already been confirmed, like Peter Rollins, Scot McKnight, Andrew Jones, Jo Guldi, Rex Miller, and Tom Hohstadt. Join these creative thinkers in making virtual-ecclesial history.

(This is but a short excerpt, read the whole announcement; the project website isn’t live yet.) Andrew Jones has announced his participation, as are several other notables… and you could be as well (see the announcement). At their invitation, I’ve agreed to write a piece as well, though I haven’t quite settled on the angle/approach I want to take. The article theme will be “Hyperlinks subvert heirarchies: the Internet, the end of the hierarchical organization, and the structure of the church in a post-Cluetrain culture.” I’m actually quite looking forward to digging into it, as the deadline approaches… but I’ve got another writing deadline this week, so this piece will have to wait until next week. If anyone has provisional thoughts on the subject, comment away — I’ve got the three main support threads for the piece, but perhaps you’ll help further stimulate my thinking on it… I’m all ears!

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