Pope Francis in Conversation with Slow Food’s Carlo Petrini

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We reported this summer that Pope Francis had advocated for churches to slow down. This week, Slow Food International founder, Carlo Petrini reported that he recently received a phone call from the pope. Petrini says: We also talked about the farming world. Pope Francis wanted to emphasize how precious the good practices of rural communities are to the world’s destiny. On this subject in particular, the Pope had strong words: “The work of these people is extraordinary,” he said. “Accumulating money must not be the primary goal. My grandmother used to tell me that when you die, … [Read more...]

Barbarians At The Gate?

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The recent government shutdown, frustrating as it is, should not really come as all that big of a surprise. In Western culture – and particularly in the United States – we have been cultivating habits for many decades that are dissolving our capacity to talk civilly and live peaceably with our neighbors, and especially our neighbors who differ from us in prominent ways: politics, economic status, race, sexual identity, etc.  This history has been chronicled over the last thirty years by important books such as Habits of the Heart by the late Robert Bellah and others, Bowling Alone by … [Read more...]

“Pray Without Ceasing…” [Awkward Christian Signs]

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I was talking recently to some friends about the nature of prayer, and what it might mean to pray without ceasing (a topic that might merit some reflection on this blog in the near future), but while we were talking, some of them pointed me to this nearby sign... I'm sure the sign is merely a product of careless inattention to what is being said... (which is bad enough in itself) BUT it also stands as a powerful sort of reminder of the many shortcuts we take in our Western Christianity, and how we reduce the Gospel to fit our convenience.  Such shortcuts were a key impetus in John and I … [Read more...]

Judith Valente – ATCHISON BLUE – Review (Patheos Book Club)

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[ This post is part of the Patheos Book Club discussion of Atchison Blue ] A Guest Review of Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home, and a Living Faith Judith Valente By my friend, Heidi Haverkamp Paperback: Ave Maria Press, 2013 Buy now:  [ Amazon  ]  [ Kindle ] This review originally appeared on The Englewood Review of Books website... Conversatio: The Work of Everyday Life The stained-glass windows of the Mount Saint Scholastica Monastery chapel are a striking grey-blue. They were made in the mid-20th century by a German immigrant and artist … [Read more...]

Slow Church and Comprehensive Community Development ( CCDA talk )

I had the opportunity to do a workshop on Slow Church and Comprehensive Community Development at the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) conference in New Orleans last Friday.  We had a standing-room only crowd (albeit in a small room), but a very engaged audience with a good questions.  Thanks to all who came out to the workshop! If you weren't able to be there, a condensed version of the talk appears as an essay in the current print issue of The Englewood Review of Books (Subscribers, your issues will be arriving soon.  If you are not a subscriber more info is available … [Read more...]

Slow Church Book Cover!

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This just in! Chris and I were thrilled when our editor sent us the cover design for the forthcoming Slow Church book. The book has a Spring 2014 release date. We think the design team over at IVP/Praxis hit the nail on the head. In short, we couldn't be more pleased. What do you think? … [Read more...]

The Table of Brotherhood: On Having Adversaries.

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"No man is my enemy My own hands imprison me Love rescue me"   - U2 I was deeply disturbed by this Religion News Service article that got picked up by Christianity Today: Top Three Adversaries of Christian Conservatives: Communism, Islam ... and the Emergent Church? Why do we feel, as Christians, that we need to have enemies?  And especially why are we identifying other Christians as enemies? And to think that I encountered this piece on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, and its words were echoing in my ear: I have a dream that one day out in the … [Read more...]


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