I was recently asked in a conversation with a friend about the beliefs of those in the emerging church conversation/movement. He wanted to know what exactly emerging church type folks believed. A difficult question given that many in this conversation hail from different Christian traditions. If there was a statement of faith, I told him, it would have to be one that is 'catholic' and 'creedal'. Meaning that it looks to the creeds, traditions, and practices of the catholic body of Christ over the past 2,000 years. A statement of faith would be as long and as diverse as the various Christian bodies represented in this movement.
On the Emergent-US blog a 'statement of faith' has been side-stepped in order to keep the conversation going. I believe this to be a good move. As I told a friend I don't want people of different Christian stripes to stop being faithful to their particular tradition. If you come to this conversation as an Anabaptist or as a Pentecostal you should feel compelled to stay true to your ecclesial home.
LeRon Shults offers his thoughts as to why a 'statement of faith' would be an unwise move.