Depending on which source you use, the contemporary church has been emerging since as early as 1940s and 1950s. Phyllis Tickle uses the concept of “The Great Emergence” to distinguish a global movement resulting from the contemporary ethos from a more particular phenomena in the United States “the Emerging Church” and a specific emerging church community: the Emergent Church.
In Boston, The Rev. Stephanie Spellers has been walking with the folks at The Crossing for three years as they have developed their identity and ministry. She will be presenting in class with some of the other members of the community.
Find more info about rev Steph, her book, and her ministry at:
Interview at Trinity Wall Street (Interview, 2007)
Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other and the Spirit of Transformation (Book, 2006)
On March 5, 2011, the Diocese of Massachusetts hosts a conversation with Episcopal Village and other emerging church and Fresh Expressions leaders and participants as part of its annual Diocesan Spring Learning Event. There are good resource papers which offer a glimps into these efforts.