Howard Thurman: Slow Church and Social Liberation

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  This comes from an interview with Dr. Walter Fluker, director and editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project at Morehouse College, that ran on the Religion and Ethics Newsweekly website. [ Read the full interview... ] This passage also echoes a point that Andy Crouch made about the Civil Rights movement in my interview with him about his forthcoming book: PLAYING GOD: Redeeming the Gift of Power. (HT: Ric Hudgens for pointing me to this... ) Q: Why do you think [Howard Thurman] has been so overlooked or bypassed by many in our society? WF: Our society is fast-paced. … [Read more...]

Slow and Local are Where We Must Begin.

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A Response to Jamie Smith...   I have a deep appreciation for Jamie Smith’s work.  His latest book, Imagining The Kingdom, will most likely be one of The Englewood Review of Books’ (of which I am the editor) best books of the year for 2013, and his Desiring the Kingdom was one named one of our best books of 2009.  And yet I can’t help feeling like the brilliant young philosophy professor has created a straw man in his latest blog post for Cardus: Knitting While Detroit Burns.   This post is a response to Brandon Rhodes’s recent profile of Tacoma, WA’s Zoe … [Read more...]

Pope Francis issues a call for Slow Church!

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In a speech last week to the Bishops of Brazil, Pope Francis spoke eloquently about the timely need for Slow Church... Here's a compelling excerpt from the speech: [ HT to Tim Ross for pointing my attention to this speech... ]   "We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly. Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey; a Church able to make sense of the “night” contained in the flight of so many of our … [Read more...]

A Conversational Way Forward: Responding to the Exodus of Millennials from our Churches

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Rachel Held Evans has written a wonderful piece for the CNN Belief blog on why Millennials are leaving our churches. It has been in heavy rotation on the social media circuits the last couple of days, but in case you haven't seen it yet, do stop and read it now. From my experience talking to millennials in churches and colleges, I think Rachel has hit the nail on the head.  However, I am a few years older than Rachel (squarely in the middle of Generation X), and I remember very similar pieces being written about why Gen-Xers were leaving churches in the early to mid-1990s. So, maybe … [Read more...]

Slow Church and the Recovery of Culture.

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John pointed out to me recently that Greg Wolfe, editor of IMAGE, gave a passing tip o' the hat to Slow Church in his latest editorial for the journal: [When] you edit a literary quarterly you often encounter people who advise you to give up on such an outmoded and burdensome enterprise: why publish long stories and essays and poems that no one will read in the age of Twitter and blockbuster movies? There are even those far less jaded and more gracious souls who applaud me for publishing such a “scholarly” journal. Whether cynical or sweet, the implication is that what you will find in … [Read more...]

Uniting Ecology and Economy – A Response to Wendell Berry

In this month's issue of The Progressive magazine, there is a wonderful article by Wendell Berry, entitled "The Commerce of Violence" (which can be read online here...), which begins: On the day of the bombing in Boston, The New York Times printed an op-ed piece by a human being who has been imprisoned at Guantánamo for more than eleven years, uncharged and, of course, untried. The occurrence of these two events on the same day was a coincidence, but that does not mean that they are unrelated. What connects them is our devaluation, and when convenient our disvaluation, of human life as … [Read more...]

The Virtue of Dialogue – Workshop Slides

Today I led a workshop for The Center for Congregations on the practice of conversation, based on Englewood's experience with conversation, and my book The Virtue of Dialogue (Patheos Press 2012).   The slides from that presentation are included below.... I did make a rough audio recording of the workshop, so if that turns out to be listenable, I might also share it here. I've given a similar presentation to a number of churches and groups of churches. Contact me if your church would be interested in hosting such a conversation...   Download the Slides Here … [Read more...]


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