A Hymn for Election Day.

  It's probably a sin of the deepest sacrilege to connect a song of this extraordinary beauty with Election Day... But I can't stop thinking about how relevant it is... Here's just a few snippets: "What a beautiful piece of heartache This has all turned out to be Lord knows we've learned the hard way All about healthy apathy" … [Read more...]

The Hope-full Politics of the Table

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  The following is a reflection that I will share tomorrow night as part of the Election Day Communion service here at Englewood Christian Church. Why celebrate communion on election day? To do so is not merely a religious act, we have intentionally chosen to break bread together -- not to have a worship or prayer service (good as those things are).  Tonight on the eve of this election day, we are celebrating our unity in seeking the Kingdom of God together.  But for many people, I imagine, the Kingdom of God is an abstract and nebulous thing.  Perhaps we should think of the … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry and The Body.

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After recently re-reading Wendell Berry’s essay “Health is Membership” and being struck by its pertinency today, I asked a few friends to read the essay and write a Slow Church-related reflection on the essay.  The is the third of these reflections by my friend Brian Volck, who is not only a gifted writer, but also a pediatrician.     ~Chris *** Read the previous “Health is Membership” reflection by Rachel Marie Stone I’ve been teaching Wendell Berry’s essay, “Health is Membership,” in a medical school elective, “Literature and Medicine,” for over a decade, so I … [Read more...]

Agrarian News…

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It's no secret that agrarian thought has deeply shaped both John and I in our thoughts about Slow Church. Wendell Berry, the foremost agrarian of our times, is essential to this project, as is the work of Norman Wirzba, Ellen Davis, Wes Jackson and others... I wanted to share a number of new resources with you that will be helpful in understanding agrarianism and how it relates to Slow Church... At its heart, agrarianism is about reconciling with the land and with all creation (or to borrow the title of Norman Wirzba and Fred Bahnson's recent book, Making Peace with the Land.) If you … [Read more...]

What if Columbus and Cortez had their own Reality TV Show?

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We were staying with relatives this weekend and while flipping through the channels on Friday night, we stumbled upon the premier of the new Discovery Channel show, Jungle Gold. The premise of the show is that two Americans, who are in over their heads in debt (to the tune of over a half million dollars) after trying to get rich in Real Estate before the housing bubble burst, are headed to Ghana to make quick money mining gold.  A trailer for the show is available above. … [Read more...]

The Groaning Table

The Groaning Table

After recently re-reading Wendell Berry’s essay “Health is Membership” and being struck by its pertinency today, I asked a few friends to read the essay and write a Slow Church-related reflection on the essay.  The is the second of these reflections by my friend Rachel Marie Stone.     ~Chris *** Read the first "Health is Membership" reflection by Brent Bill My grandmother was born at home in New York City in 1925 – exactly the time when more and more women, especially city women, began to choose hospital over home as the place to have babies. It wasn’t that my … [Read more...]

Fostering Cultures of Mutual Generosity

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I had the privilege of participating tonight in an interfaith panel on philanthropy, an IndyTalks event put on by Christian Theological Seminary and the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving.  My co-panelists had amazing stories of working around the world, and I was certainly the lightweight on the panel when it came to international philanthropy. I wanted to share here a little about the key idea that I addressed.  Here at Englewood, we don't use the word philanthropy much, as it carries with it the baggage of being primarily about the giving of money and the sort of giving that it … [Read more...]


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