Movement

The Convergence movement is bringing together forward-thinking Catholics, Evangelicals, and Mainline Protestants, along with Ethnic and Peace Churches and other willing colleagues, in a growing, movement-building collaborative.

This movement connects people and organizations to solve great problems and participate in new opportunities, especially to heal the human spirit, to foster abundant life in community, to seek the common good, and to promote responsible living with the earth.


Vision

We, our children, and our grandchildren face an unprecedented convergence of global crises: global warming and environmental collapse, the danger of cataclysmic violence enhanced by weapons of mass destruction, the rise of unaccountable elites, and the growing gap between the ultra-rich and the multitudes.

Normally, religious communities would inspire and mobilize people to courageously face these challenges with faith, hope, and love. They would take the lead in promoting reconciliation with God, neighbor, enemy, and creation itself. But many of our religious communities are regressive in stance, fearful in spirit, divided and trapped in bureaucratic silos, and anxious about their own survival.

To face this unprecedented convergence of crises, we need a historic, grass-roots, bottom-to-top convergence of people of faith, coming together in a vital spiritual and social movement. While this convergence must bridge traditions through multi-religious partnerships, it must also build movements of spiritual vitality and solidarity within all major traditions.

As committed followers of Christ, we are seeking to build this Convergence Network among forward-leaning Christians in the United States.


Charter

The following is adapted from the Mesa Document, October 2013 (mesa-friends.org) and the Charter for Compassion.

Growing numbers of Christian leaders from many traditions - traditional Protestant, progressive Catholic, progressive Evangelical and Charismatic, and others - are coming to shared convictions that are both radical and exciting: the future of the church will not simply be a replication of the past, and it is time for vital, new expressions of just and generous Christian faith to emerge.

We have often felt marginalized and alone in these convictions. But when we voice them, we soon discover that we are not alone. Many others resonate with the restlessness we feel, and speak of ...

  •  a deep thirst for a more authentic, honest, and sustaining spiritual life 
  •  a compelling hunger to do justice, to show compassion, to walk humbly with God 
  •  a powerful desire to understand and engage with the critical problems of our world 
  •  a profound need for space to grapple honestly with our questions of theology and practice 
  •  an impatient readiness to move beyond narratives of decline to narratives of hope and empowerment
  •  a growing loneliness for a sense of shared identity and belonging that transcend institutional affiliation.

We agree with the Charter of Compassion, that “at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions” lies the principle of compassion, which calls us “always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.” Compassion “impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.” Compassion “is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity ... [and is] indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.” This emphasis on compassion, we believe, echoes Jesus’ one great commandment to love.

And so in that spirit, we affirm together these ten commitments:

  •  We believe in Jesus and the good news of the reign, commonwealth, or ecosystem of God, and we seek for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven by focusing on love - love for God and neighbor, for outsider and enemy. 
  •  We affirm God's preferential option for the poor and the young in the struggle for justice and freedom ... through advocacy, relationships, organizing, and action.
  •  We seek to honor, interpret, and apply the Bible in fresh and healing ways, aware of the damaging ways the Bible has been used in the past.
  •  We seek to reconnect with the earth, understand the harm human beings are doing to it, and discover more responsible, regenerative ways of life in it. 
  •  We seek the common good, locally and globally, through churches of many diverse forms, contexts, and traditions, and we imagine fresh ways for churches to form Christlike people and join God in the healing of the world. 
  •  We build inclusive partnerships across gaps between the powerful and vulnerable - including disparities based on wealth, gender, race and ethnic identity, education, religion, sexuality, age, politics, and physical ability. 
  •  We propose new ways of encountering the other in today’s pluralistic world through the creative and nonviolent wisdom of peacemaking, and we collaborate with other religious and secular groups in alliances for the common good. 
  •  We host safe space for constructive theological conversation, seeking to root our practice in theological reflection and seeking to express our reflection in practical action. 
  •  We value the arts for their unique role in nurturing, challenging, and transforming our humanity. 
  •  We emphasize spiritual and relational practices to strengthen our inner life with God, to build healthy families, and to deepen our relationships with one another.
  • We have set an inspiring goal together: to identify first 100, and then 1000, and then 10,000 vital faith communities in North America who share these commitments. We invite these communities to stand tall and stand together so we can synergize and organize concerted efforts.


In faith and hope, we raise our sails to be filled by the wind of the Spirit, so a just and generous Christian faith will thrive as never before in our world, to the glory of God and for the joyful freedom of all God’s creatures.


Our Board Of Directors


Our Team

Cameron Trimble
CEO, President

Sara Wilcox
Church Planting Coordinator

Anna Hall
Research and Development

Brian McLaren
School of Convergence Leadership

Ryan Phipps
Communications Director

Lawrence Richardson
Social Media

Doug Pagitt
Executive Director of the OPEN Network

Carla Ewert
OPEN Coordinator

Marlee Walters
Communications Coordinator

Lindsay Andreolli-Comstock
Chief Strategy Officer

Bryan Sirchio
Director of the Convergence Music Project

Alice Hunt
Theological Education


Locations

ATLANTA

743 Virginia Avenue NE

Atlanta, GA 30306

NEW YORK

79 Madison Avenue,  Floor 2

New York, NY 10016

MINNEAPOLIS

100 W 46th Street

Minneapolis, MN 55419