Celebrate Interdependence Day 2014!

7 Essential Books for Understanding Interdependence as Christians  I've recently read Fred Lehr's book on Clergy Burnout.  What's striking about this book is that he describes burnout not simply as function of unhealthy clergy, but as a codependent relationship between pastor(s) and laity. Congregations that expect their pastors to over-perform are often enabled to do less work than we have been called to do as members of Christ’s Body. Lehr also suggests that the journey from unhealthy congregations to healthy ones is marked by a shift in the clergy/laity relationship from co … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Did the Gentle Beasts Watch in Awe?

Did the Gentle Beasts Watch in Awe? Daily Advent Reflection. John Jay Alvaro. 2 Samuel 6:1-11. Thursday, December 15, 2011 "I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown "I carried His mother up hill and down I carried His mother to Bethlehem town" "I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown.The Friendly Beasts by Sufjan StevensThese daily Slow Church Advent Reflections are based on the Daily Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B). We love for you to read and reflect along with us! To keep up with this daily Advent series, follow SlowChurch.com on … [Read more...]