From our co-founders

 

Stephen and Holly Roach Knight are two of the co-founders of Transform Network, which started in 2009. 

Stephen and Holly Roach Knight are two of the co-founders of Transform Network, which started in 2009. 

 

As people who have been involved in the emergent church and progressive Christianity for more than a combined thirty years, we have been frustrated by how white and male church leadership is. Particularly because we live in a time where our world has become so diverse with a trajectory of a non-white majority population in the next 50 years. There is a reason that church-going numbers are on the rapid decline in the U.S., churches do not attract and live into the future because they are so invested in holding up the past. And in order to free up our energy and resources to embrace the world as it is evolving, we have to let go of something. You can’t catch the baby if your arms are full of junk from the past. That is not to say that there isn’t tradition worth saving. That will always be an ongoing process of discernment for institutionalized church.

Theologically speaking we might say that God is bigger than any church and any denomination. We might say that God is bigger than the sum of all churches and denominations put together! So to experience God in God’s fullness, wouldn’t it serve us to hear from and learn from a diversity of voices in God’s kingdom? Racism and oppression have historically created divisions in God’s kingdom. We think that telling our stories is a powerful way to build bridges where there is difference. We believe prioritizing the voices of directly impacted people invites us all into transformative processes of deepening self-knowledge, learning about injustice the world, and engaging in praxis (action) to both become better people and make a better world. We hope that you will embrace difference, be curious about God's kingdom, and be courageous in standing for justice. 

-Holly and Stephen Roach Knight
Co-founders, Transform Network