Alexander Schmemann – Lent is a Time of Slowing Down

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 This passage by the renowned Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann resonated with me when I read it recently, an appropriate reflection for Ash Wednesday... Lent is a Time of Slowing Down Alexander Schmemann ( Read this passage in its larger context at The Englewood Review of Books )HOW CAN WE KEEP GREAT LENT?  It is obviously impossible for us to go to Church every day. And since we cannot keep the Lent liturgically, the question arises: what is our participation in Lent, how can we spiritually profit by it? The Church calls us to deepen our religious conscience, … [Read more...]

Slow Church Playlist: Need Your Help…

For awhile, I've been rolling around in my head the idea of a playlist to accompany a reading of Slow Church.  I have a few songs that have would be essential to that list (which I will feature below), but would love your help in brainstorming songs that convey some of the major themes of the book (not just songs that have the word "slow" in them or that connect with a single idea raised at some point in the book).Here's a little piece I wrote a few years ago on a theology of the playlist...A song is fundamentally a gift -- and of course, some songs are better, more compelling gifts … [Read more...]

Celebrate Interdependence Day 2014!

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7 Essential Books for Understanding Interdependence as Christians  I've recently read Fred Lehr's book on Clergy Burnout.  What's striking about this book is that he describes burnout not simply as function of unhealthy clergy, but as a codependent relationship between pastor(s) and laity. Congregations that expect their pastors to over-perform are often enabled to do less work than we have been called to do as members of Christ’s Body. Lehr also suggests that the journey from unhealthy congregations to healthy ones is marked by a shift in the clergy/laity relationship from co … [Read more...]

Tiny Tastes of Slow Church

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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: https://twitter.com/slowchurchesHere 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...]

The Big Table – Living in the Diversity of God’s People

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One of the things that pains me most is the acerbity with which Christians of diverse perspectives treat one another: the mocking, the name-calling, the refusal to talk civilly or to work together.  Since early on in the development of this Slow Church project, I have had an intuition that the act of slowing down and being attentive to those around us might be important baby steps in the direction of narrowing the deep chasms that divide the Body of Christ today.  One of the most exciting things about the recent Slow Church conference was the vast theological diversity of the participants: f … [Read more...]

Pope Francis on “Slow” Evangelism [Tim Colegrove - Slow Church Planting, Part 2]

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Guest Blogger: Timothy Colegrove  Tim and Alice Colegrove live and work in Boston, MA where they serve with the Conservative Mennonite Conference (CMC) as evangelists and prospective church-planters. Their vision is to establish a multi-ethnic evangelical Anabaptist church in the city of Boston committed to discipling new believers, breaking down socio-economic barriers, and gathering an eclectic community around Jesus’ table. Prior to working with the CMC, Tim and Alice served for many years as advocates, street pastors, and family to homeless youth in Harvard Square. You can contact Tim at t … [Read more...]

Prayer and the Contingencies of Life.

This post is (sort of) a follow-up to my recent post Becoming the Exploited Ones?A life of ceaseless prayer is key to moving in the direction that I described in the post mentioned above...But what does it mean to pray without ceasing?I have long thought that the spirit of prayer is "not my will but thine be done," as Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. But recently, I've been reflecting on what Jesus's prayer might mean.Life is full of contingencies, of things that could possibly go wrong.  The nature of modern Western cukture is to eliminate as many of the contingencies … [Read more...]


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