Reading for Conversation.

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John and I agree that the practice of reading is essential to our understanding of Slow Church. Indeed, it was a mutual love of books that connected us in the first place.  In the age of talking heads, the soundbite and the two-minute YouTube video, reading is a practice that can be useful for slowing churches down and guiding us into meaningful conversations.  Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are blessed to have many people who are deeply committed to the practice of reading, which continually energizes our on-going Sunday night conversation (I have told the story of this a … [Read more...]

Relevant Irrelevance [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Edwin Searcy]

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[ On July 5-7, The Ekklesia Project will hold its annual gathering in Chicago, which will be on the theme of Slow Church.  Between now and July, we will be running a series of lguest reflections here by folks connected with the E.P. We've asked guest posters to reflect on the meaning of Slow Church from their own local contexts. More info on the E.P. gathering.  ] Today’s reflection, the third in the series, is by Edwin Searcy. Read the previous post by Jason Fisher.I am learning to pastor a slow church. I am cultivating habits of patience and trust that God is f … [Read more...]

Learning Contentment (from Thomas Merton and Liberty Hyde Bailey)

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This is the second in my promised series of reflections on Liberty Hyde Bailey’s poetry.[ Bailey's collection of poems Wind and Weather, has just been released by The Englewood Review of Books as a bargain-priced Kindle ebook.  It's well worth it! ]Read the first post in the series here: Cultivating Wonder.Wind and WeatherPassengers on the cosmic sea We know not whence nor whither, -- 'Tis happiness enough to be Complete with wind and weather.This first and title poem in this collection of Bailey's poetry reflects the importance of contentment (and particularly with t … [Read more...]

Slowing Down and Reflecting Cross-generationally [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Jason Fisher]

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[ On July 5-7, The Ekklesia Project will hold its annual gathering in Chicago, which will be on the theme of Slow Church.  Between now and July, we will be running a series of lguest reflections here by folks connected with the E.P. We've asked guest posters to reflect on the meaning of Slow Church from their own local contexts. More info on the E.P. gathering.  ] Today’s reflection, the third in the series, is by Jason Fisher. Read the previous post by Jarrod Longbons.In Soren Kierkegaard’s work Purity of Heart: Is To Will One Thing he writes this; Thus in the midst of busyn … [Read more...]

Cultivating Wonder.

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This is the first in my promised series of reflections on Liberty Hyde Bailey's poetry.[ Bailey's collection of poems Wind and Weather, has just been released by The Englewood Review of Books as a bargain-priced Kindle ebook.  It's well worth it! ]MiracleYesterday the twig was brown and bare; To-day the glint of green is there To-morrow will be leaflets spare; I know no thing so wondrous fair No miracle so strangely rare.I wonder what will next be there.One of the great losses in the post-industrial age, is the disappearance of wonder.  Our pace of life moves so f … [Read more...]

The Fall and Food Preservation [Guest Post -Thomas Turner]

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Thom Turner is a friend and regular contributor to The Englewood Review of Books. Thom is also an adjunct lecturer of English at Nyack College and the Senior Editor and Publisher of GENERATE Magazine. He has recently been doing a wonderful series on his blog on a Christian ethic of eating, which has some important connections to our Slow Church project. I invited him to guest post here, and he offered the following reflection.Last night as I was ladling the oozing remnants of twenty five pounds of apples into just sterilized quart jars I got to thinking: why do I have to do … [Read more...]

Robert Putnam – “Spend More Time Arranging the Church Suppers”

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Thanks to my friend Kevin Rains for calling this article to my attention... [ See also the Catholic News Service piece on this study, which spells out its results in greater detail... ] WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Harvard public policy professor Robert D. Putnam has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for pastors: "Spend less time on the sermons, and more time arranging the church suppers." That's because research by Putnam and Chaeyoon Lim, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows that the more church friends a person has, the happier he or she is. [ Read the … [Read more...]


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