the june issue of emergingchurch.info is online. i really like the research piece on the burning man festival. john moorehead takes a shift away from victor turner's notions of communitas built in a liminal space like this as he seees that has become a sort of unquestioned orthodoxy in reading these kinds of events. instead he use hakim bey's temporary autonomous zones and the idea of people cerating secondary institutions as a guide to the self when confidence in the mainstream ones has gone. steve collins has written about hakim bey before and i think this is a creative piece of thinking going on here.
in terms of the implications for the church, at one level the research doesn't say much that is new but he does frame it a bit differently. the challenge is to listen and engage with culture and to draw on missiology for clues for the ways forward.
Christians might respond to this by becoming students of culture, finding out what questions those in the culture are asking and where their spiritual quest is leading them...
...I'd encourage those in the UK to engage the history of Christian missions and the discipline of missiology for lessons that can be applied in this new context.
the full research is also made available free which is always good!