When Gratitude Gets Complicated [Gratitude Series - #2]

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This week I am 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…Yesterday's post: Rooted in God's AbundanceAlso, Top Ten Books on Cultivating Gratitude... (via Englewood Review of Books)I'll admit, I'm a little wary of people who are effervescently thankful for things in their lives -- especially on Facebook at this time of year.  Well, OK, I am pretty suspicious of most people who are effervescent about anything.  In a blo … [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

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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 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...]

Being Together as the Church.

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There is a group of us here at Englewood Christian Church who have been reading and reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount together over the summer.  Last night, we had the opportunity as part of our Sunday Night Conversation (You can read more about that here...) to share our reflections with the church community.   Our conversation -- both in the smaller group over the summer and with the larger church last night focused on the Beatitudes at the beginning of the Sermon (Matt. 5: 1-11).  I wanted to share a few thoughts here that I brought up in our conversation last night, as they are related … [Read more...]

Boomers, Stickers, and the Lifecycle of a Community

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A few days ago, I read an interesting article over at The Atlantic Cities called the "The Lifecycle of a 'Cool' Neighborhood." The sociologist and historian Richard Greenwald writes in the article that "Declaring the death of hip neighborhoods seems to be an endless right of passage in Gotham." It comes with the territory of knowing and labeling - articulating really - what matters in a rootless city. Neighborhoods come and go - and I mean that in the Brooksian Bo-Bo way.During the 20th century it was Greenwich Village, Harlem, SoHo, Tribeca, the Lower East Side, and then Brooklyn. At fi … [Read more...]

Supporting Each Other in Sickness and in Health

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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 first of these reflections by my friend Brent Bill.     ~ChrisAlmost twenty years ago Wendell Berry gave an address titled “Health is Membership.”  Berry, the agrarian poet/novelist/theologian, presented a pretty scathing indictment of the then “modern” health system in the US and our complicity in its failings.  Among his criticisms, which are many, was that our under … [Read more...]


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