The Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes is a biblical scholar with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is also a leading articulator of Convergence Christianity and Senior Minister of Countryside Community Church (UCC) in Omaha, NE. He is also on the Board of Directors of the TriFaith Initiative, bringing together The American Muslim Institute, Temple Israel and Countryside Community Church, all under one roof in Omaha.
Eric has written several books on faith, theology and culture, including The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity (Jossey-Bass, 2006). In 2006, Eric helped lead a 2,500 mile walk from Phoenix to Washington, DC, to promote awareness of progressive/emerging Christian faith and practice and meet with Christians at a grassroots to hear their hopes and dreams for the future of faith in America.
He is also the creator of Darkwood Brew, an online resource for an engaging exploration of Convergence Christianity using a blend of ancient Christian mystical practice (lectio divina), modern interactive web technology, world-class jazz, arts and biblical scholarship featuring renowned and emerging Christian leaders. While the Phoenix Affirmations provide the framework for the Living Lectionary, Darkwood Brew is the inspiration for global expansion and participation as an online resource.