Slow Church Conference Recordings (The Complete Set)

Slow Church Conference

Here are all the conference recordings from April's Slow Church Conference at Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis. These talks are an important supplement to our book, bringing other, wiser voices into the Slow Church conversation. And for an even deeper look, we highly recommend the books that our speakers have written. (Titles and links can be found on the pages for each talk)Please listen, download and share these recordings as you see fit.Talk #1: Willie James Jennings (Duke Divnity School) “A Place of Redemption: Putting Church on the G … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Start Practicing Slow Church

ReThinking Church

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in a great event at Warner Pacific College called "ReThinking Church." The event was curated by WP's Assistant Director of Campus Ministries, Michelle Lang, and by Tony Kriz, author of the wonderful Neighbors & Wise Men. Along with the other featured speakers -- Kelly Bean, whose How to be a Christian without Going to Church comes out early next month, and the three authors of the essential book, The New Parish -- I was asked to help "imagine afresh what faith-gathering can and must look like in our radically shifting world."I am going … [Read more...]

Tiny Tastes of Slow Church


This week, John has started tweeting some best quotes and ideas from the Slow Church book... If you use Twitter, make sure that you follow us:  @SlowChurches .  Watch for our tweets and Retweet your favorite ones. (If you have a copy of the book already, feel free to tweet your favorite quotes using the hashtag #SlowChurch. )Even if you aren't on Twitter, you should be able to read the quotes here: are a few of my favorites:  Our calling into the abundant life of #SlowChurch begins and ends with the love, patience, and longsuffering of G … [Read more...]

Christian Witness: Reconciling contemplation and action.


There's a group of us at Englewood that have been working our way through Alasdair MacIntrye's important book After Virtue.  Although I first read the book over a decade ago, it has been good to have the opportunity to return to it again, and to realize the ways that Slow Church was profoundly shaped by it.For instance we recently read this passage from the end of Chapter 5: Abstract changes in moral concepts are always embodied in real, particular events.  ... There ought not to be two histories, one of political and moral action and one of political and moral theorizing, because there w … [Read more...]

In Sickness and in Health – Guest Post by Justin McRoberts


One of the wonderful things that happened at The Festival of Faith and Writing last month was that I had the opportunity to meet singer/songwriter Justin McRoberts.  We had some good conversations, and he was very interested in Slow Church. Justin recently wrote a wonderful book entitled CMYK: The Process of Life Together -- which I read in one sitting this past weekend! -- and which I hope to review very soon for The Englewood Review of Books. He recently sent me an excerpt from this book that is very pertinent to Slow Church, and I am delighted to share it with you here.Be sure to check … [Read more...]

Englewood Christian Church’s Story…


 I didn't realize until yesterday that this article was online. It is an excellent reflection on our experience here at Englewood Christian Church.Those of you who were at the Slow Church conference on Saturday morning, might remember the first few paragraphs of this as it was read by our pastor Mike Bowling (FYI: a recording of that talk will be posted online soon). FROM RURAL STREET TO URBAN AMERICA: THE ENGLEWOOD STORY Kyle Mobley, Tracy Taylor, and Michael Bowling via Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis 3, vol. 2 (August 2012)This article … [Read more...]

A School for Kindness?


 One of the most interesting new books released this week is Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders. This hardback volume contains the graduation speech that Saunders gave at Syracuse University in 2013.  Although you can read the full text of the speech online, this lovely hardback would make a wonderful gift for all your friends and family who are graduating this spring!   [Also, watch a lovely video excerpt of the talk here ]I was especially captivated by this passage: Each of us is born with a series of built-in confusions that are probably s … [Read more...]