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...]

Wendell Berry and The Body.

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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 third of these reflections by my friend Brian Volck, who is not only a gifted writer, but also a pediatrician.     ~Chris*** Read the previous “Health is Membership” reflection by Rachel Marie StoneI’ve been teaching Wendell Berry’s essay, “Health is Membership,” in a medical school elective, “Literature and Medicine,” for over a decade, so I have reason to reread it o … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Meditation from Englewood Christian Church

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The following Father's Day meditation was written and shared by John Clanton this morning, 17 June 2012, as the communion meditation at Englewood Christian Church, here on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  I am honored to share this extraordinary reflection here... On this day in which we celebrate fatherhood, I am reminded of the awesome responsibility which is ours as fathers.  Let me be the first to admit that I have fallen short of the mark.  I see us, fathers, as mere shadows standing in representation of God in the lives of our children. Whether we are biological fathers or … [Read more...]

Opening our Eyes [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Susan Adams]

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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 fifth in the series, is by Susan Adams.Read the previous post by Edwin Searcy.In our beloved and oh, so slow discussions on Sunday nights at Englewood, we often like to play with a … [Read more...]

Learning Contentment (from Thomas Merton and Liberty Hyde Bailey)

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This is the second in my promised series of reflections on Liberty Hyde Bailey’s poetry.[ Bailey's collection of poems Wind and Weather, has just been released by The Englewood Review of Books as a bargain-priced Kindle ebook.  It's well worth it! ]Read the first post in the series here: Cultivating Wonder.Wind and WeatherPassengers on the cosmic sea We know not whence nor whither, -- 'Tis happiness enough to be Complete with wind and weather.This first and title poem in this collection of Bailey's poetry reflects the importance of contentment (and particularly with t … [Read more...]

Cultivating Wonder.

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This is the first in my promised series of reflections on Liberty Hyde Bailey's poetry.[ Bailey's collection of poems Wind and Weather, has just been released by The Englewood Review of Books as a bargain-priced Kindle ebook.  It's well worth it! ]MiracleYesterday the twig was brown and bare; To-day the glint of green is there To-morrow will be leaflets spare; I know no thing so wondrous fair No miracle so strangely rare.I wonder what will next be there.One of the great losses in the post-industrial age, is the disappearance of wonder.  Our pace of life moves so f … [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...]


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