Do you identify as an evangelical? Whether you like or dislike the term, it's a frequent classifier for theologians, church leaders, researchers, pollsters, historians, news media and politicians.
Does evangelical identity resonate with you? If it does, or perhaps once did but doesn't now, what does evangelical identity even mean to you?
FaithVillage will be hosting a panel discussion on evangelical identity titled "50 Shades of Evangelicalism: Exploring the Emerging Diversity of Young American Evangelicals" at the upcoming Religion Newswriters Association conference on October 5, 2012. Participants will include Robert Jones (Public Religion Research), Patton Dodd (Bondfire Books, formerly of Patheos.com and Beliefnet.com), Jonathan Fitzgerald (Editor of Patrolmag.com) and Sarah Pulliam Bailey (Managing Editor for Odyssey Networks, formerly online editor for Christianity Today).
As we reflect thoughtfully on this theme we are seeking personal essays on evangelical identity from our FaithVillage community of thinkers, writers, artists and church leaders. We need your essays of 600 - 1,000 words by September 26, 2012, the best of which will be featured on a special section of the FaithVillage Newsstand channel.
If your blog is networked into FV, just post on your blog and give us a heads up at email@example.com, or message one of our editors.
We'll be sending out some snuggly soft FV t-shirts to all those writers whose posts we choose to feature.
Thanks in advance for joining us in this collaborative thought-project. We look forward to the conversation that will follow.