Announcing the Big Tent Christianity Synchroblog, August 9-13

We’re excited to announce the Big Tent Christianity Synchroblog, taking place the week of August 9-13 across the Web.
Philip Clayton, one of the main organizers of the Big Tent Christianity conference (coming up September 8-9 in Raleigh, NC), has written about “big tent Christianity” before and said this: “[It is] urgent … to reclaim a Big Tent Christianity, a centrist return to ‘just Christian’ in word and action. The two poles are driving each other ever further apart, spawning ever deeper hostilities. The solution — in American society as in the church — certainly is not to let the other’s anger fuel my own. As leaders it’s our task to help break the cycle of anger, of rejection leading to rejection, and to foster a radically different understanding of the heart of Christian faith.”
What does “big tent Christianity” mean to you? What does it look like in your context? What are your hopes and dreams for the Church?
Please consider participating in this week-long Synchroblog by posting an update on your blog/website the week of August 9-13. We’ll be compiling a list of all the participants and linking to them and all of the “big tent Christianity” blog posts from the Big Tent Christianity conference website ( Just leave a comment on, send an @ reply to @bigtentx on Twitter, or email Steve Knight at Please also support other synchrobloggers by reposting those links, reading the posts, and commenting.
It’s our hope that this Synchroblog (and the conference in September) will jumpstart a new national conversation about what a “big tent Christianity” might look like and how we can build a roadmap together to get there. We hope you’ll be a part of this invigorating conversation!
As an added bonus incentive, 15 bloggers who participate will be chosen at random to receive free copies of “Transforming Christian Theology” by Philip Clayton and “A New Kind of Christianity” by Brian McLaren…