Reading for Conversation.

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John and I agree that the practice of reading is essential to our understanding of Slow Church. Indeed, it was a mutual love of books that connected us in the first place.  In the age of talking heads, the soundbite and the two-minute YouTube video, reading is a practice that can be useful for slowing churches down and guiding us into meaningful conversations.  Here at Englewood Christian Church, we are blessed to have many people who are deeply committed to the practice of reading, which continually energizes our on-going Sunday night conversation (I have told the story of this a … [Read more...]

Relevant Irrelevance [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Edwin Searcy]

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[ On 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 lguest 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 third in the series, is by Edwin Searcy. Read the previous post by Jason Fisher.I am learning to pastor a slow church. I am cultivating habits of patience and trust that God is f … [Read more...]

Robert Putnam – “Spend More Time Arranging the Church Suppers”

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Thanks to my friend Kevin Rains for calling this article to my attention... [ See also the Catholic News Service piece on this study, which spells out its results in greater detail... ] WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Harvard public policy professor Robert D. Putnam has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for pastors: "Spend less time on the sermons, and more time arranging the church suppers." That's because research by Putnam and Chaeyoon Lim, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows that the more church friends a person has, the happier he or she is. [ Read the … [Read more...]

Bringing Slow Church to a Fast Generation [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Jarrod Longbons]

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[ On 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 lguest 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 second in the series, is by Jarrod Longbons. Read the first post by Lee Wyatt.I am part of a thriving, yet “slow church” community.  It’s called YAC (Young Adult Community), a ministry of Northside Ch … [Read more...]

Submerging Church [Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Lee Wyatt]

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[ On 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 lguest 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 first in the series, is by Lee Wyatt.Though we live (or have lived) in the age of the Emerging/Emergent Church, I have a different proposal for a new vision of church. I call it the Submerging Church! Am I … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry on the Necessity of Limits.

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I'm settling in with friends old and new at the Convent in Cincinnati for a writers' retreat this week.  I'm hoping to make some much-needed progress on the chapters of the Slow Church book that I'm writing.I have taken the opportunity this weekend before and on my way to the retreat to read some of what Wendell Berry has said about the necessity of limits.  I've been meaning to do so for awhile, but this weekend I stumbled upon this fabulous essay that Berry wrote in 2008 for Harpers Magazine -- Faustian Economics: Hell Hath No Limits.  This is a short essay and well worth re … [Read more...]

Becoming Conversational #9 – Regularly Share a Meal Together.

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My ebook The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities was recently released by Patheos Press, and in it, I argue that open conversation is essential for the health and flourishing of church communities and the places they inhabit.Over the past week and the current week, I will be running a 10-part series that I am calling "Becoming Conversational" in which I offer suggestions for how churches might enrich the conversational life of their church communities. (Some of these ideas have been adapted from my earlier ebook, Growing Deeper in Our Church … [Read more...]


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