Pope Francis in Conversation with Slow Food’s Carlo Petrini

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We reported this summer that Pope Francis had advocated for churches to slow down. This week, Slow Food International founder, Carlo Petrini reported that he recently received a phone call from the pope. Petrini says: We also talked about the farming world. Pope Francis wanted to emphasize how precious the good practices of rural communities are to the world’s destiny. On this subject in particular, the Pope had strong words: “The work of these people is extraordinary,” he said. “Accumulating money must not be the primary goal. My grandmother used to tell me that when you die, … [Read more...]

The Table of Brotherhood: On Having Adversaries.

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"No man is my enemy My own hands imprison me Love rescue me"   - U2 I was deeply disturbed by this Religion News Service article that got picked up by Christianity Today: Top Three Adversaries of Christian Conservatives: Communism, Islam ... and the Emergent Church? Why do we feel, as Christians, that we need to have enemies?  And especially why are we identifying other Christians as enemies? And to think that I encountered this piece on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and its words were echoing in my ear: I have a dream that one day out in the … [Read more...]

Ragan Sutterfield’s Farming as a Spiritual Discipline

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Food is central to the vision of Slow Church, in the practices of sharing food together and also caring about where our food comes from that God so graciously and abundantly provides food for us. One of the most helpful introductory books in thinking about food in the life of the church is our friend Ragan Suttterfield's book Farming As A Spiritual Discipline. This book was developed from three talks that Ragan gave here at Englewood Christian Church in 2008, at a conference that we hosted on the church and agriculture. For today (Monday July 16) and tomorrow (Tuesday July 17), this book … [Read more...]

Bonhoeffer on The Fellowship of the Table

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On Sunday, I was not attentive to my schedule and had it sprung on me that it was my turn to give the communion meditation at our church. So, I quickly turned to Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together, which we are reading in our Sunday School class, and stumbled again upon the following brilliant passage.  I share it again here, because all the facets that Bonhoeffer locates in the Eucharist here are central to what John and I are calling Slow Church: gratitude, the centrality of Jesus (I'll have more to say on this point later this week), the unifying power of eating together, the joy and … [Read more...]

Slowly Seeking the Shalom of God.

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Yesterday, John raised the question: what are the standards by which we make decisions and judge the health of a church community in a peak oil world? This question has been a pressing one for us at Englewood Christian Church, one that has regularly been the focus of our Sunday night conversation (the story of which I told in the recent ebook The Virtue of Dialogue).  As I suggested in the comments to John's post, our experience has been that the standard should be the health and flourishing of our places, our church communities should bear witness to the neighbors in our particular place … [Read more...]

The Fall and Food Preservation [Guest Post -Thomas Turner]

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Thom Turner is a friend and regular contributor to The Englewood Review of Books. Thom is also an adjunct lecturer of English at Nyack College and the Senior Editor and Publisher of GENERATE Magazine. He has recently been doing a wonderful series on his blog on a Christian ethic of eating, which has some important connections to our Slow Church project. I invited him to guest post here, and he offered the following reflection. Last night as I was ladling the oozing remnants of twenty five pounds of apples into just sterilized quart jars I got to thinking: why do I have to do … [Read more...]

Bringing Slow Church to a Fast Generation [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Jarrod Longbons]

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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 second in the series, is by Jarrod Longbons. Read the first post by Lee Wyatt. I am part of a thriving, yet “slow church” community.  It’s called YAC (Young Adult Community), a ministry of … [Read more...]


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