Slow Church Stories #3: Vineyard Central 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.Previous Story: Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Vineyard CentralNorwood, OH *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week...Located in Norwood, an incorporated township that is surrounded by the city of Cincinnati, Vineyard Central (VC) has been cultivating a presence in the few blocks near their church building.  In the 19 … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories #2: Munsey Memorial United Methodist 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.Previous Story: Salem Alliance Church Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Johnson City, TN *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week...[ This story was told by our friend Phil Kenneson in a pamphlet on Slow Church that he wrote for the Ekklesia Project, entitled Praticing Ecclesial Patience, which can be read in full online here.  We … [Read more...]

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...]

Imagining Flourishing Communities.

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Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are in the process of discussing details of a proposal for a Senior Housing Development in our neighborhood.  There is a basic vision for the project, and an architect has sketched initial plans: As the first phase of development on the former Crown Laundry site, the Oxford Street Senior Apartments will feature 30-senior units to be housed in a three story building with a modern architectural style. Masonry and cement board construction with flat roofs lend to the classic style desired for the site. The latest in green building techniques will be … [Read more...]

Christian Witness: Reconciling contemplation and action.

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There's a group of us at Englewood that have been working our way through Alasdair MacIntrye's important book After Virtue.  Although I first read the book over a decade ago, it has been good to have the opportunity to return to it again, and to realize the ways that Slow Church was profoundly shaped by it.For instance we recently read this passage from the end of Chapter 5: Abstract changes in moral concepts are always embodied in real, particular events.  ... There ought not to be two histories, one of political and moral action and one of political and moral theorizing, because there w … [Read more...]

Churches Living in God’s Abundance

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Last week, I wrote an article for OnFaith about God's abundant economy and how we live into that as churches.If this article captures your imagination, you can read the full chapter on Abundance from the Slow Church book online as part of the free Slow Church sampler.  (Download/read now)How Churches Are Finding Abundance in Hard Economic TimesFacing declining tithes and offerings, some churches are discovering the power of their theological imagination.by C. Christopher SmithRecent years have been hard economically for churches, especially small ones. Many churches … [Read more...]


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