Slow Church Conference Recordings (The Complete Set)

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Here are all the conference recordings from April's Slow Church Conference at Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis. These talks are an important supplement to our book, bringing other, wiser voices into the Slow Church conversation. And for an even deeper look, we highly recommend the books that our speakers have written. (Titles and links can be found on the pages for each talk) Please listen, download and share these recordings as you see fit. Talk #1: Willie James Jennings (Duke Divnity School) “A Place of Redemption: Putting Church on the … [Read more...]

Imagining Flourishing Communities.

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Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are in the process of discussing details of a proposal for a Senior Housing Development in our neighborhood.  There is a basic vision for the project, and an architect has sketched initial plans: As the first phase of development on the former Crown Laundry site, the Oxford Street Senior Apartments will feature 30-senior units to be housed in a three story building with a modern architectural style. Masonry and cement board construction with flat roofs lend to the classic style desired for the site. The latest in green building techniques will be … [Read more...]

Christian Witness: Reconciling contemplation and action.

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There's a group of us at Englewood that have been working our way through Alasdair MacIntrye's important book After Virtue.  Although I first read the book over a decade ago, it has been good to have the opportunity to return to it again, and to realize the ways that Slow Church was profoundly shaped by it. For instance we recently read this passage from the end of Chapter 5: Abstract changes in moral concepts are always embodied in real, particular events.  ... There ought not to be two histories, one of political and moral action and one of political and moral theorizing, because there … [Read more...]

Phil Kenneson – Toward a Theology of Sleep

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Since the Slow Church conference here a few weeks ago, I've been thinking about a tiny point that Phil Kenneson made about sleep, and about how sleep is essential not only to our health (Consider the recent research linking sleep deprivation to ADHD and also to obesity), but also to Christian faithfulness. The recordings of Phil's talk at the Slow Church conference are not yet ready to be posted online, BUT he made very similar remarks in a talk that he gave on Slow Church at the Ekklesia Project Gathering in 2012.   I highly recommend that you download the full text of that talk (or if … [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...]

Why I Don’t Go To Church

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There has been a lot of buzz online in recent days about the value of church attendance.  Initiated by a pair of posts by Donald Miller, ( The initial post... and the followup.), who bravely confessed that he rarely goes to church, Miller's posts were followed up by this piece on Christianity Today's PARSE blog, which dug a little deeper but had more of the feel of an expose, and didn't get to the heart of what seems (to me anyway) to be the crucial issues about church. I appreciate Donald's honesty -- and Brian McLaren's as well, in response to the PARSE piece -- and I have no interest … [Read more...]

Slow Church Conference – Indianapolis – April 3-5

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We're excited to announce that we will be hosting a conference on Slow Church at Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis, April 3-5 (that's a Thursday evening through mid-day Saturday).   John and I will be the curators of this event, and our aim is to introduce people to theologians whose work has given shape to Slow Church, to draw connections between the work of these thinkers and most importantly, to allow ample time and space for participants to engage in conversation with the basic ideas of Slow Church.   We are offering an Early Bird registration price of only … [Read more...]


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