Lent 2013 – Two Slow Church-related Articles

AshWednesday

Fasting toward the Common Good Chris recently wrote an article for The Good Men Project, which begins:Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent for Christians around the globe. Based on the example of Jesus, who fasted for 40 days in the wilderness, Lent is the season leading up to Easter that has traditionally been understood as a time of fasting. Today, many Christians have reduced the practice of fasting during Lent to giving up some luxury — chocolate, alcohol, coffee, or television — for the duration of the season. Although such sacrifices are fasts of sorts, it is par … [Read more...]

Lent: 40 Days of the Sermon on the Mount

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John had the great idea recently to read the Sermon on the Mount every day for Lent...Here's his thoughts: Gandhi read the Sermon on the Mount every day for decades. He said that when he first read it, it went straight to his heart. He believed it encapsulated the message of Jesus and he was inspired by its message of nonviolence. It endeared Jesus to him, and he once said, "Christ’s Sermon on the Mount fills me with bliss even today. Its sweet verses have even today the power to quench my agony of soul." For Lent this year, some friends and I are taking some inspiration from Gandhi a … [Read more...]

The Gospel of the Coffee Bean

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[ I'm taking a break today from the "Slow Church and the Urgency of Justice" series, which should return in the next couple of days]There's a chapter in the forthcoming book that John and I are calling "Taste and See that the Lord is Good."  Here's a snapshot of the basic theme of the chapter: God created us to flourish and to know the joy of life.  Just as something is lost in the taste and experience of a fast food meal, so too a key part of what is lost in the industrialization of Christianity is the joy of being together, of knowing and being known in community.  Industrialized Ch … [Read more...]

Engaged with our Neighbors’ Struggles Against Injustice

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This is the fourth post in an ongoing series on “Slow Church and the Urgency of Justice“ (Link goes to the initial post in the series).In yesterday's post, I began an argument for beginning to seek justice by being committed to a local church community.  Today, I want to continue that argument by exploring the role of place as we seek justice.Our local church congregations are essential for us in seeking justice, because they are rooted in a particular place, although I must hasten to add that many churches have very shallow roots in the places where they exist.  For churches that do ha … [Read more...]

Learning how to live justly (and how to seek justice)

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This is the third post in an ongoing series on “Slow Church and the Urgency of Justice“ (Link goes to the initial post in the series).Yesterday, in unpacking Walter Brueggemann's definition of justice, I emphasized his point that essential to the process of doing justice is being part of a covenanted community that is seeking to live justly together.  Today, I want to dig a little bit deeper into why I believe that the local faith community is essential to the pursuit of justice.  First, a reminder that the primary question that I am dealing with in this series is that of the urgency felt b … [Read more...]

What is Justice?

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This is the second post in an ongoing series on "Slow Church and the Urgency of Justice" (Link goes to the initial post in the series).To begin our exploration of the relationship between Slow Church and justice, we need a solid definition of justice.I have the opportunity during Lent this year to speak at Church of the Redeemer Episcopal Church in Cincinnati as part of their lecture series on the theme of Sabbath (details on this event are forthcoming here on this blog). Walter Brueggemann is also speaking in this same series, and I have been told that his talks in the series will be … [Read more...]

Slow Church and the Urgency of Justice

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Over the coming weeks, I'd like to wrestle here with a series of questions related to how the vision of Slow Church that John and I have been proposing here relates to justice.  The basic question is: What does Slow Church do with the (very real) pain of the oppressed? Which opens up a host of other questions, including:- Is Slow Church only for those privileged enough to live slowly?- Does the inherent slowness of Slow Church only prop up the dominant power structures of our age?- What is the role of a Slow Church in following Jesus in the Jubilee mission of liberation?- How … [Read more...]


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