Let’s Celebrate Interdependence Day!

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A major facet of the Ecology section of our Slow Church book, is coming to the realization that creation is an inter-connected and interdependent whole. Several years ago, my friends Ragan Sutterfield, Brent Aldrich and I brainstormed a long list of ideas for celebrating July 4th as INTERdependence Day.  This list was eventually published on the Sojourners blog with an intro by Shane Claiborne.As we come again to the 4th of July, I think it would serve us well to take another look at this list. And to imagine what a slow church might look like that bore witness to the interdependence of … [Read more...]

Enter to win a copy of Reborn on the Fourth of July (Patheos Book Club)

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Nationalistic faith is one of the "sins of abstraction" that we push back against in the in Slow Church book because in preferring one nation over others, it fails to consider the whole of God's work in reconciling all creation.Thus, I was delighted to see that the current Patheos book club title is Logan Mehl-Laituri's Reborn on the Fourth of July...For decades now, the United States has proudly claimed the mantle of "the world's only superpower" based on military might and the scope of military interventions throughout the world. As a result, whole generations are growing up with the … [Read more...]

Congregational Lectio Divina as a Slow Church practice.

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At the Ekklesia Project gathering later this week, I will be leading lectio divina sessions on John 15:4-17.Doing lectio in a congregational (or small group) setting is a fruitful practice that will lead churches deeper into the life that John and I are calling Slow Church.Mark Lau Branson, who led the lectio divina sessions at last summer's EP Gathering, pointed us to the following thoughts on congregational lectio divina: Argentinean/Chicagoan Nancy Bedford, after expositing an ecclesial missiology grounded in the Trinity and the incarnation, focuses on discernment with attention to … [Read more...]

The Anguish of Imperfect Communion [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Juila Smucker]

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[ NEXT WEEK, 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 guest 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 seventh in the series, is by Julia Smucker.Read the previous post in the series by John Jay Alvaro.For about the past five years, I have been a par … [Read more...]

Mr. Rogers and the Garden of Your Mind

Longtime readers of this blog may recall the fondness and respect Chris and I have for Fred Rogers, the Presbyterian minister and educator from Pittsburgh who invited us all to be part of his TV neighborhood. In a recent Q essay on the "Ten Most Significant Cultural Trends of the Last Decade," Andy Crouch listed Place at #2, writing, "This quest for local, embodied, physical presence may well be driven by the omnipresence of the virtual and a dawning awareness of the thinness of disembodied life." It is fun to speculate - and speculation is all it can ever be - that Mister Rogers' … [Read more...]

A Sabbath Calendar

I've been reading Dan Allender's book Sabbath (part of Thomas Nelson's Ancient Practices Series) for a chapter I'm writing on the subject. Allender says that once the Sabbath ends, the next three days can be for reflection, "a remembering of the day." The three days before Sabbath can be for anticipation and planning. I love this because it puts Sabbath at the center of our experience of time and of course our worship of God.I mentioned this to my wife, and she had an interesting idea. She suggested we come up with a calendar for our family that puts Sunday (our Sabbath day) in the middle … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Meditation from Englewood Christian Church

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The following Father's Day meditation was written and shared by John Clanton this morning, 17 June 2012, as the communion meditation at Englewood Christian Church, here on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.  I am honored to share this extraordinary reflection here... On this day in which we celebrate fatherhood, I am reminded of the awesome responsibility which is ours as fathers.  Let me be the first to admit that I have fallen short of the mark.  I see us, fathers, as mere shadows standing in representation of God in the lives of our children. Whether we are biological fathers or … [Read more...]


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