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...]

Tiny Tastes of Slow Church

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This week, John has started tweeting some best quotes and ideas from the Slow Church book... If you use Twitter, make sure that you follow us:  @SlowChurches .  Watch for our tweets and Retweet your favorite ones. (If you have a copy of the book already, feel free to tweet your favorite quotes using the hashtag #SlowChurch. )Even if you aren't on Twitter, you should be able to read the quotes here: https://twitter.com/slowchurchesHere are a few of my favorites:  Our calling into the abundant life of #SlowChurch begins and ends with the love, patience, and longsuffering of G … [Read more...]

In Sickness and in Health – Guest Post by Justin McRoberts

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One of the wonderful things that happened at The Festival of Faith and Writing last month was that I had the opportunity to meet singer/songwriter Justin McRoberts.  We had some good conversations, and he was very interested in Slow Church. Justin recently wrote a wonderful book entitled CMYK: The Process of Life Together -- which I read in one sitting this past weekend! -- and which I hope to review very soon for The Englewood Review of Books. He recently sent me an excerpt from this book that is very pertinent to Slow Church, and I am delighted to share it with you here.Be sure to check … [Read more...]

Englewood Christian Church’s Story…

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 I didn't realize until yesterday that this article was online. It is an excellent reflection on our experience here at Englewood Christian Church.Those of you who were at the Slow Church conference on Saturday morning, might remember the first few paragraphs of this as it was read by our pastor Mike Bowling (FYI: a recording of that talk will be posted online soon). FROM RURAL STREET TO URBAN AMERICA: THE ENGLEWOOD STORY Kyle Mobley, Tracy Taylor, and Michael Bowling via Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis 3, vol. 2 (August 2012)This article … [Read more...]

A School for Kindness?

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 One of the most interesting new books released this week is Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders. This hardback volume contains the graduation speech that Saunders gave at Syracuse University in 2013.  Although you can read the full text of the speech online, this lovely hardback would make a wonderful gift for all your friends and family who are graduating this spring!   [Also, watch a lovely video excerpt of the talk here ]I was especially captivated by this passage: Each of us is born with a series of built-in confusions that are probably s … [Read more...]

Is Jesus the Answer? [A Reflection on the Slow Church Conference]

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Is Jesus the Answer? A Guest Post By Peter Stevens Last week, I attended the Slow Church Conference. While driving down Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, I saw a church sign that read, “Jesus is the Answer.” I’ve heard this a million times. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the saying. While I understand the intent behind the statement is probably someone trying to share the Gospel, the statement itself seems to fall short. There’s no discussion of how Jesus is the answer or what the question is. I think to many it seems like we are trying to offer Jesus as the solution to any problem without qu … [Read more...]

Scott Thumma: Further Conversation on Sociology and Slow Church.

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You might remember from the recent Religion News Service article, that one of the people interviewed was sociologist of religion Scott Thumma, who said: Scott Thumma, a sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Conn., says the slow church movement makes for good theology. But it likely won’t work for most churches, he said, for the same reason that the slow food movement failed to gain mass appeal.“We’d all like to have a slow-cooked, three-hour meal, with locally grown produce,” he said. “But few of us have the time or money for it.”Likewise, few people would be drawn to the i … [Read more...]


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