What We’re Up To
The Third Way Newsletter is a place to express, develop and explore a new way of being together. This “Third Way” is occasioned by the need to find a way through the LGBT controversy within the Christian church, but it applies to a broad range of issues. It’s what families do to stay together in love in the face of disagreements. The questions explored in the Third Way Newsletter include:
- How do we love one another and stay together in the face of sharp disagreements?
- Does the Jesus path provide such a way, what is it, and what does it take to follow it?
This blog is hosted by Ken Wilson and Emily Swan, co-pastors of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor (www.a2blue.org), a Third Way church from the evangelical-renewalist sector of Christianity. We will include other voices such as scholars, practitioners and laypeople committed to helping Third Way become a reality in faith communities nationally and internationally.
Ken was born and raised in Detroit, is the father of six, grandfather of another six, and is married to Rev. Julia Huttar Bailey. Ken received a B.S.N. from the University of Michigan; before entering the pastorate, he worked in community mental health.
Ken is the author of several books, including Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer (Thomas Nelson 2010); and most recently A Letter To My Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor’s Path to Embracing Those Who are Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Into the Company of Jesus (ReadTheSpirit, 2014).
Ken was the founding pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, served for seven years on the national board of Vineyard USA, and is now on the national advisory board for Blue Ocean Faith. Ken is active in national evangelical environmental initiatives and efforts to open a new dialog between people of faith and science. He is a BioLogos grant recipient.
Emily grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Ann Arbor after college to work for Borders Group Inc. She received her B.A. in history from Butler University, and has worked toward her Master’s degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Additionally, she spent three years studying Mandarin and Amdo Tibetan languages at Qinghai Minzu Dazue Nationalities University in Xining, China.
After spending some years working for two Fortune 500 companies in public relations, marketing, and finance, she served as a pastor for seven years for the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor.
Emily is a BioLogos grant recipient, writing small group material around the creation stories in Genesis that makes space for evolutionary theory and deepens the Christian understanding of our sacred text. Emily is married to Rachel Murr.