Reconciled Diversity: Or, Why I Go to the Inhabit Conference

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[Update: Make sure to check out Coté Soerens's response to this post. She brings up some important points: "Yet, we are a long ways to go in the task of breaking long-held barriers to diversity and dialogue between communities in the US...The forces behind homogeneity in our church communities, such as discrimination, privilege, and inequality, demand holistic efforts based on tireless presence and practice." I'm happy Coté is one of the presenters at this year's conference.]One of the most distressing aspects of the Church Growth Movement is its reliance on homogeneity. Donald McGavran, th … [Read more...]

Presentation Script: Search for Meaning Book Festival

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Author's Note: I recently had the opportunity to speak at Seattle University's annual Search for Meaning Book Festival. The presentation, a general overview of Slow Church, went very well. A couple folks asked for copies of my presentation script. I only had one hard copy to give, which is one reason why I'm posting it here. It's significantly longer than our usual posts, so I've also created a downloadable PDF. If I did things correctly, you should also be download a PDF version here. SLOW CHURCH: BECAUSE YOU CAN'T FRANCHISE THE KINGDOM OF GOD Seattle University Search for Meaning Book … [Read more...]

Inhabit Conference – Earlybird registration ending soon…

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John and I are excited to be speaking as part of the Parish Collective's Inhabit Conference in Seattle next month. April 19-20John spoke about Slow Church there last year, and we both participated in the inaugural event in 2011...This year's theme is The Art of Parish Renewal: [ Conference Website ]Discover the imaginative, redemptive, and courageous practices that stir up God’s dream in particular places. God’s people are awakening to the possibility of being the church in everyday life. This is not a science; there is no singular technique or 7 Habits of Highly Effective Nei … [Read more...]

Peak Oil and the Local Church

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At last weekend's Inhabit Conference in Seattle, I had the opportunity to co-facilitate (with Brandon Rhodes) a conversation on "peak oil and place." It was a lively and fascinating discussion. Near the end I asked a question that I also want to pose here.Cheap fossil fuel energy has underwritten modernity and more than a century of America's rapid economic growth. But the world's oil resources are going into irreversible decline, and gas prices are through the roof. For this reason and others (climate change, high food prices, high debt levels), we seem to have reached "the end of … [Read more...]

Submerging Church [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Lee Wyatt]

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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 first in the series, is by Lee Wyatt.Though we live (or have lived) in the age of the Emerging/Emergent Church, I have a different proposal for a new vision of church. I call it the Submerging Church! Am I … [Read more...]

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One of the key convictions of Slow Church is that God's plan for reconciling all creation involves not only gathering a people, but gathering people in particular places that span the globe. The language of Englewood Christian Church's covenant (where Chris is a member) puts it this way: the church community is "a manifestation of the Body of Christ in a particular place."Happily, there is a vibrant conversation happening in the church now about the importance of placedness. Christianity Today's This Is Our City project is one example. So is Jonathan Wilson-Hargrove's essential book, The Wi … [Read more...]


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