Ragan Sutterfield – This is my Body [Patheos Book Club]

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This Is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith By Ragan Sutterfield Hardback: Convergent Books, 2015.One of the main themes of Slow Church is recognizing the fragmentation that we live within in the twenty-first century. One such type of fragmentation the the divide between the body and the spirit (or between the physical and the spiritual).  Beyond recognizing divides such as these, we also need to structure our lives in ways that doesn't not further propagate the fragmentation and even start to bring the divided spheres … [Read more...]

The Parable of the Old Runner

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There's an old runner I know who recently shared a story that I think will be helpful for churches that desire to be healthy. (Actually, it probably would be helpful for all communities: neighborhoods, other faith communities, etc., but this is the Slow CHURCH blog after all and our audience here is mostly Christian).  The Old Runner realized earlier this year that after over a decade of pretty-much-not-running, he had grown fat and out-of-shape. So, he worked hard for several months, and started running regularly, and felt himself getting back into decent shape, and worked up to … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories #4: First Christian Church (Erwin, TN)

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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: Vineyard Central (Norwood, OH) First Christian ChurchErwin, TN *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club...Written by Todd Edmondson, pastor of FCC.Among the many ways that the modern church experiences fragmentation and brokenness, the split between generations is a rift that it seems most congregations are content to t … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories #3: Vineyard Central 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: Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Vineyard CentralNorwood, OH *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week...Located in Norwood, an incorporated township that is surrounded by the city of Cincinnati, Vineyard Central (VC) has been cultivating a presence in the few blocks near their church building.  In the 19 … [Read more...]

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 here.  We … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories: Salem Alliance 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.  Salem Alliance Church (Salem, OR  -- Where John's parents are members) *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week...My (John’s) parents go to Salem Alliance, a large Christian and Missionary Alliance church in downtown Salem, which is about twenty-five minutes from my town of Silverton. Not long ago, Salem Alliance had the oppo … [Read more...]


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