Slow Church Stories #2: Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like. Previous Story: Salem Alliance Church Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Johnson City, TN  *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week... [ This story was told by our friend Phil Kenneson in a pamphlet on Slow Church that he wrote for the Ekklesia Project, entitled Praticing Ecclesial Patience, which can be read in full online … [Read more...]

Willie Jennings – Slow Church Conference – Lecture #1

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Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church. Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote. [ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ] Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.   His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race was named The Most Significant Theological Work … [Read more...]

“A Great Day For the Children of Indiana”

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We were honored to host a momentous occasion here at Englewood Christian Church today. Because of Daystar Childcare, our widely-recognized daycare, we were selected as the site where Gov. Mike Pence would sign into law, a new bill that provides state funding for Pre-Kindergarten.  As noted by Nicole Baker-Fulgham in her talk at the 2014 Justice Conference last month, Indiana was one of the last remaining states that did not provide any state funding for Pre-K. We were delighted to be the place where the journey began toward better care for the children of Indiana, and especially children of … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry Sabbath poem – “Will-lessly the leaves fall”

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Just finished my review of the new, complete collection of Wendell Berry's Sabbath poems entitled This Day. My review will appear in the Advent print issue of The Englewood Review of Books. For now, here's a quick look at one excellent poem from the collection that is fitting for this late fall day...   … [Read more...]

Barbarians At The Gate?

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The recent government shutdown, frustrating as it is, should not really come as all that big of a surprise. In Western culture – and particularly in the United States – we have been cultivating habits for many decades that are dissolving our capacity to talk civilly and live peaceably with our neighbors, and especially our neighbors who differ from us in prominent ways: politics, economic status, race, sexual identity, etc.  This history has been chronicled over the last thirty years by important books such as Habits of the Heart by the late Robert Bellah and others, Bowling Alone by … [Read more...]

Help The Englewood Neighborhood win $25,000 to finish our Outdoor Nature Playspace!

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Starting today, the Englewood Neighborhood on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis (where I live, work and worship), is in the running for a $25,000 grant Neighborhood Assist Grant from State Farm. If we would win, the money would be used to turn our community garden and the adjacent lot into a playspace and Nature education outdoor classroom We have worked with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to develop a plan for the space, which if you are interested, you can view here... The plans include lots of trees for climbing, fruit trees, a tree house, water play area, a picnic shelter and … [Read more...]

Life On the Threshold: Reading the father of the rural life movement in the heart of the modern city

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  I have been talking about the work of Liberty Hyde Bailey a lot recently....  (See this previous post for instance)   So, I decided to republish this short essay on Bailey here.  Of all the things I've written over the years, this is one of my favorite pieces. This essay originally appeared in Catapult Magazine, March 2009.   Life on the threshold Reading the father of the rural life movement in the heart of the modern city   About a year ago, my friend Ragan Sutterfield recommended that I read Liberty Hyde Bailey’s The Holy Earth.  At some earlier point … [Read more...]


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