Deeper into Your Love and Compassion – A Slow Church Benediction.

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Yesterday I did a Slow Church webinar in conjunction with The Presbyterian Outlook.  They asked me to give a benediction at the end of the webinar, and so I decided to share that benediction here.   (Apologies that we haven't posted much here in recent months!)  Lord God,   Giver of all gifts, who loves and abundantly sustains the whole of your creation.   We come humbly before you, with gratitude for all you have given us in our churches and in our neighborhoods. We ask that you would guide us toward a deeper faithfulness to the way of Je … [Read more...]

Gratitude and Justice

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Note: Researchers have found that the happiest people also tend to be the most grateful. What's interesting is that these folks aren't grateful for being happy; they're happy because they have been intentional about cultivating a life of gratitude. This is the first post in a three-part series (adapted from Slow Church) on how the practice of gratitude can similarly transform our families, churches, and neighborhoods. Tomorrow, we'll talk about how gratitude can open our eyes to the abundance all around us. And on Saturday, we'll talk about a few ways churches in particular can foster a gifts p … [Read more...]

Churches Living in God’s Abundance

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Last week, I wrote an article for OnFaith about God's abundant economy and how we live into that as churches.If this article captures your imagination, you can read the full chapter on Abundance from the Slow Church book online as part of the free Slow Church sampler.  (Download/read now)How Churches Are Finding Abundance in Hard Economic TimesFacing declining tithes and offerings, some churches are discovering the power of their theological imagination.by C. Christopher SmithRecent years have been hard economically for churches, especially small ones. Many churches … [Read more...]

Rooted in God’s Abundant Provision [Gratitude Series - #1]

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This week I am going to be doing a daily series on gratitude, since this virtue plays a vital role in our understanding of Slow Church, and since of course, our readers in the U.S. will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday later this week...When reflecting on gratitude, it is helpful for us to begin by considering its roots in God's abundant provision for creation.All major economic systems -- and especially capitalism -- are built upon the assumption of scarcity of resources, an assumption that when scrutinized in the light of the scriptural narrative is simply false. Walter Brueggemann … [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 Ki … [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 BillMy 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 great-grandmother was afrai … [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 promotes t … [Read more...]


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