Slowing Down and Reflecting Cross-generationally [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Jason Fisher]

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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 third in the series, is by Jason Fisher. Read the previous post by Jarrod Longbons.In Soren Kierkegaard’s work Purity of Heart: Is To Will One Thing he writes this; Thus in the midst of busyn … [Read more...]

Robert Putnam – “Spend More Time Arranging the Church Suppers”

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Thanks to my friend Kevin Rains for calling this article to my attention... [ See also the Catholic News Service piece on this study, which spells out its results in greater detail... ] WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Harvard public policy professor Robert D. Putnam has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for pastors: "Spend less time on the sermons, and more time arranging the church suppers." That's because research by Putnam and Chaeyoon Lim, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows that the more church friends a person has, the happier he or she is. [ Read the … [Read more...]

Bringing Slow Church to a Fast Generation [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Jarrod Longbons]

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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 second in the series, is by Jarrod Longbons. Read the first post by Lee Wyatt.I am part of a thriving, yet “slow church” community.  It’s called YAC (Young Adult Community), a ministry of Northside Ch … [Read more...]

“The Kingdom Will Prevail” A Slow Church-related Sermon on Mark 4:24-34

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This is the sermon that Mike Bowling preached last Sunday (26 Feb 2012) here at Englewood Christian Church. It is one of the most hopeful and energizing sermons I have heard in a long time.  It is also a superb reading of Mark 4:24-34 that is in line with what we are calling Slow Church.I've never quite known what to make of v. 24-25:24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken aw … [Read more...]

Submerging Church [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Lee Wyatt]

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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 first in the series, is by Lee Wyatt.Though we live (or have lived) in the age of the Emerging/Emergent Church, I have a different proposal for a new vision of church. I call it the Submerging Church! Am I … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry on the Necessity of Limits.

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I'm settling in with friends old and new at the Convent in Cincinnati for a writers' retreat this week.  I'm hoping to make some much-needed progress on the chapters of the Slow Church book that I'm writing.I have taken the opportunity this weekend before and on my way to the retreat to read some of what Wendell Berry has said about the necessity of limits.  I've been meaning to do so for awhile, but this weekend I stumbled upon this fabulous essay that Berry wrote in 2008 for Harpers Magazine -- Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits.  This is a short essay and well worth re … [Read more...]

Becoming Conversational #6 – Spread the “Pastoral” Work of the Church Around.

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My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was recently released  by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the past week and the current week, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities. (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church … [Read more...]


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