Doug Pagitt

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Doug Pagitt (1966-) is an author associated with the emerging church movement and head pastor of Solomon's Porch in South Minneapolis.  Tony Jones became Theologian-in-Residence at Solomon’s Porch from 2008.

Pagitt was also a Senior Fellow with Emergent Village and a leading architect of the emergent church discussion.  In 2016 he was responsible for gatherings and spiritual formation.

In 2010 Pagitt launched the Doug Pagitt Radio Program on AM950 to discuss theology and culture.

In 2017 Doug Pagitt left his position with Convergence/Open.

  • Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives (2007) with Mark Driscoll, John Burke, Dan Kimball, Karen Ward, ed. Robert Webber
  • Preaching Re-Imagined: The Role of the Sermon in Communities of Faith,
  • Church Re-Imagined: The Spiritual Formation of People in Communities of Faith,
  • BodyPrayer : The Posture of Intimacy with God,
  • A Christianity Worth Believing: Hope-filled, Open-armed, Alive-and-well Faith for the Left Out, Left Behind, and Let Down in us All, (2008)
  • Flipped: The Provocative Truth That Changes Everything We Know About God (2015)



  • Pagitt in Preaching, p. 44:

The Contemporary church makes two mistakes regarding the function and relationship of the Bible.  One is to think of her as a stagnant telling of all the desires of God.  The other is to think of her as something from which we extract truth, wherever in the form of moral teaching or propositional statements.

  • Doug Pagitt claims that we can become closer to God through various postures he and others have discovered in Body Prayer -  The Posture of Intimacy With God (p. 177).
  • Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt participated in the Dalai Lama’s Seeds of Compassion Tour by praying with members of other religions and sitting on the stage as panelists discussing the need for unity between all religions.
  • Doug Pagitt in A Christianity Worth Believing: The inerrancy debate is based on the belief that the Bible is the word of God, that the Bible is true because God made it and gave it to us as a guide to truth. But that's not what the Bible says.
  • Doug Pagitt in A Christianity Worth Believing, p 153: The story of the gospel is so much better than the legal model suggests. It tells us that we are created as God’s partners, not God’s enemies. Sin does a lot of damage to that partnership - it disables us, it discourages us, it disturbs us - but it never destroys the bond that exists between God and humanity.
  • Doug Pagitt in A Church Re-imaged, p 102: During a recent life development forum we offered a session on Christian practices. In one of the four weeks we introduced the practice of making the sign of the cross on ourselves. This gesture has become a very powerful experience for me. It is rich with meaning and history and is such a simple way to proclaim and pray my faith with my body.
  • Doug Pagitt in A Church Re-imaged, p 185: God is constantly creating anew. And God also, invites us to be re-created and join the work of God as co-(re)creators. . . . Imagine the Kingdom of God as the creative process of God reengaging in all that we know and experience. . . . When we employ creativity to make this world better, we participate with God in the recreation of the world.
  • Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones arranged “The 2009 Emergent Village Theological Conversation with Jurgen Moltmann”.
  • Flipped (2015) had front cover endorsement by Brian McLaren. Inside endorsements by Mark Scandrette, Phyllis Tickle, Rob Bell, Shane Claiborne.
  • Flipped, p. 146 " I like the way my friend Michael Dowd talks about things."
  • Solomon's Porch has:
    • Yoga Sanctuary: "The practice of yoga tells us that everything we need for peace and wholeness is already inside us, ... Journey with us at Yoga Sanctuary as you connect with your inner-self and share the expansive beauty of yoga with others--for the benefit and blessing of all the world.." [Doug's wife Shelley runs a yoga studio at Solomon’s Porch.]
    • faith health & wellness center:
      • Chi Nei Tsang Chinese medical abdominal massage [Chi = "life-force-energy". CNT is a method to clear blocked energy. It is an ancient form of detoxifying, energizing, abdominal massage. It blends Chinese and Thai massage and meditation techniques.]
      • visceral manipulation
      • cranio-sacral therap
      •  somatics
      • Trigger Point therapy
      • relaxing Swedish massage
      • Deep tissue massage
      •  energy work including Chakra Balancing
      • Chinese Reflexology [zone therapy]
      • acupuncture
      •  herbal medicine
      • psychodynamic therapy [the primary focus of which is to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension]
      • Sandplay Therapy
      • Shiatsu Energy Work [a form of Japanese bodywork based on the theoretical framework of traditional Chinese medicine]

"NHFC’s treatment philosophy is based on the ancient health care systems from Asia, especially from China. This Chinese system is the oldest continuous medical system in the world and has shown its effectiveness simply through its longevity. Chinese medicine seeks to identify imbalance or disturbances in the relationships between Yin/Yang, or other areas, and correct them using acupuncture, herbal medicine, Asian dietary therapy, tuina physiotherapy, and other techniques."

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