Eating, Talking, and Plotting Goodness Together: An Interview with Dee Dee Risher

Dinner Party

Conspire! magazine is a project of The Simple Way and a growing number of “co-conspiring communities” around the country. Each themed issue includes great writing and visual art, all with an eye toward building relationships and exploring “the questions of faith that arise from living for justice and as part of the body.” The current issue is about “Food, Feast, and Table,” and it includes, among other features, an essay by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, an interview with Wendell Berry, an article by Mike Morrell, and stunning food-themed outsider art by a variety of artists.In the month of Nov … [Read more...]

Keep in Touch

A bit of housekeeping:Both in the book and on the blog, Chris and I want to do more than write about "Slow Church" as an abstract ideal. Slow Church is rooted in the human, natural, and spiritual cultures of particular places and particular people in a particular time. Chris and I want to lay out the key concepts of Slow Church, while also telling the stories of faith communities around the country (heck, around the world) who are actually doing these things. Thus, we are coming to you, dear reader, and asking you to contact us to tell us how faith communities in your neighborhoods are … [Read more...]

Gather ‘Round

Here is an event you should know about. The folks over at CONSPIRE Magazine are celebrating the release of their "Food, Feast, and Table" issue by inviting people to participate in "Gather 'Round" events throughout the month of November. These are nights of "food and celebration and drawing together." CONSPIRE is at its best when we come face to face. Breathing together in real and tangible ways is at the core of who we are. This special night embraces the sacredness and joy of the dinner table, and invites others into our homes and places of gathering to plot goodness. It’s a gathering to r … [Read more...]

The Church and the Commons

Melbourne City Square

My pastor and friend, Bob Henry, posted a link on Facebook a few days ago to the text of a poster that was included in the October 2010 issue of YES! Magazine. (The poster is still available for purchase for three bucks through the magazine's website. You can also download it for free as a PDF.) October 2010 was the Resilient Communities issue, and the poster was called "51 Ways to Spark a Commons Revolution." … [Read more...]

A Slow Church Poem: The Host

The Host A poem by William Carlos WilliamsAccording to their need,                    this tall Negro evangelist                                       (at a table separate from … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation: The McDonaldization of the Church

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Slow Church started as a hunch. It started, for me, when I was researching the Slow Food Movement for a book I was writing about gluttony. (Of the seven deadly sins, gluttony is the one most likely to actually kill me.) There was no flash of light, no catch of breath or buckled knees. It just simply occurred to me one afternoon that the values Slow Food brought to growing, harvesting, processing, and eating food – values like justice, diversity, seasonality, terroir (more about that in a future post), pleasure, good company, and the central place of the Table in community life – were many of th … [Read more...]


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