Embracing Failure: A Reflection by Derek Penwell

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This reflection is reposted here with the permission of the author. It originally appeared on the Dmergent blog.Wrestling with our fear of failing and learning to fail graciously is essential to the concept of Slow Church that we are exploring here, and we are honored to repost this excellent piece. My Dirty Secret I have a secret fear. I don’t like to talk about it, because I find it embarrassing. I’m afraid of looking stupid. I don’t like to be laughed at. As a professor, I operate with a low-grade fear that at any moment one of my students will pipe up and say, “That’s not correct … [Read more...]

The Deeper and Richer Life of Gratitude.

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I wrote the following piece earlier this week for the lectionary blog of the Ekklesia Project.  Thought I'd re-post it here as gratitude is a key virtue of a Slow Church, and because the text will be one used tomorrow in many churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary.(Also, the Ekklesia Project's annual gathering next summer in Chicago --dates in early July, TBA soon -- is on the theme of "Slow Church: Abiding Together in the Patient Work of God."  More info will be available soon...) Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Becoming the Liturgy – Ian Morgan Cron on the Slow Work of God.

This is a lovely clip from The Work of the People of Ian Morgan Cron talking about the Slow work of God... (HT: Scott Emery)  CLICK HERE for another related and excellent clip from Cron, on the bread and the wine... … [Read more...]

A Prayer for Slow Churches from Oscar Romero

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I was recently reminded of this prayer from Oscar Romero and thought that it was a lovely theological meditation on what it means to be a slow church. It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings … [Read more...]


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