Embracing Failure: A Reflection by Derek Penwell

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This reflection is reposted here with the permission of the author. It originally appeared on the Dmergent blog.Wrestling with our fear of failing and learning to fail graciously is essential to the concept of Slow Church that we are exploring here, and we are honored to repost this excellent piece. My Dirty Secret I have a secret fear. I don’t like to talk about it, because I find it embarrassing. I’m afraid of looking stupid. I don’t like to be laughed at. As a professor, I operate with a low-grade fear that at any moment one of my students will pipe up and say, “That’s not correct … [Read more...]

Getting to the heart of Slow Church

Food and Faith - Norman Wirzba

If there is one short work that gets to the heart of what Slow Church is about, it is the chapter "Eucharistic Table Manners" from Norman Wirzba's new book Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating.It is from Wirzba, and from John Howard Yoder before him, that we borrow the central image of the Slow Church as that of a shared meal: The ritualized character of the Eucharist sometimes causes people to forget that the supper was a meal.  It was not a nibbling session, but the place where the disciples came together to obtain their inspiration, strength and sustenance.  The evidence of the early c … [Read more...]

Plotting an Advent Conspiracy

Advent Conspiracy

Whether your costume is back in storage or still crumpled up on the floor, whether or not you're still coming down from your sugar high, Halloween is over and so begins the unofficial start to the holiday season. (Hey, Costco has been selling Christmas ornaments since at least September.) This is the time of year we re-connect with family and friends, take time to acknowledge our many blessings, and of course celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. It's also a season characterized by hyper-stress, hyper-consumerism, and, absurdly, department store stampedes.It is helpful for me to pause at the … [Read more...]

Sunday Afternoon Book Review: SEEING TREES.

[There have been a multitude of books that have been helpful for John and I in fleshing out the concept of Slow Church.  We will regularly feature a review of one such book every Sunday afternoon. ]One discipline necessary for resisting the speed and inattentiveness of Western culture is seeing.  Although the following book takes trees as its object, it is really about recovering practices of seeing and attention. And given that trees of some sort are pretty much everywhere, Seeing Trees is a helpful guide for all of us in learning to slow down and pay attention to the good gifts of God t … [Read more...]

The Deeper and Richer Life of Gratitude.

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I wrote the following piece earlier this week for the lectionary blog of the Ekklesia Project.  Thought I'd re-post it here as gratitude is a key virtue of a Slow Church, and because the text will be one used tomorrow in many churches that follow the Revised Common Lectionary.(Also, the Ekklesia Project's annual gathering next summer in Chicago --dates in early July, TBA soon -- is on the theme of "Slow Church: Abiding Together in the Patient Work of God."  More info will be available soon...) Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Becoming the Liturgy – Ian Morgan Cron on the Slow Work of God.

This is a lovely clip from The Work of the People of Ian Morgan Cron talking about the Slow work of God... (HT: Scott Emery)  CLICK HERE for another related and excellent clip from Cron, on the bread and the wine... … [Read more...]

Eating, Talking, and Plotting Goodness Together: An Interview with Dee Dee Risher

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Conspire! magazine is a project of The Simple Way and a growing number of “co-conspiring communities” around the country. Each themed issue includes great writing and visual art, all with an eye toward building relationships and exploring “the questions of faith that arise from living for justice and as part of the body.” The current issue is about “Food, Feast, and Table,” and it includes, among other features, an essay by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, an interview with Wendell Berry, an article by Mike Morrell, and stunning food-themed outsider art by a variety of artists.In the month of Nov … [Read more...]


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