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...]

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 Times Facing declining tithes and offerings, some churches are discovering the power of their theological imagination. by C. Christopher Smith Recent years have been hard economically for churches, especially small ones. Many churches … [Read more...]

Cultivating Economic Peace in an Age of Instability

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I turned on the radio this morning, and the airwaves were full of speculation about whether the U.S. economy would default, and if so, when... In sharp contrast, I am pleased to share this stunningly poignant piece that my friend Jim Aldrich recently wrote about how we have tried to cultivate a different sort of economy as a church community at Englewood Christian Church. The convictions that Jim expresses here lie at the heart of what we describe as the Slow Church economy. Twenty or so years ago we (at Englewood Christian Church) began a prolonged conversation; one that continues at … [Read more...]

Scarcity: What do you think?

A brief passage from the Slow Church manuscript (specifically the part on economics). I'd love your input on this... Are there enough resources to sustain creation as a whole?   And regardless, how do we know, if there are or are not? Is this a question that can only be answered theologically? Despite the opulent abundance of creation, the world’s economic systems are built upon a foundation of scarce resources.   Scarcity is explicitly or implicitly given primacy of place in many definitions of economics as a social science. For example, the “most commonly accepted current … [Read more...]

Work, Generosity and the Schooling of Desire

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Mike Bowling, pastor here at Englewood Christian Church, has been preaching through the 10 commandments this year, spending 3 weeks on each commandment, one looking at the Old Testament context, one looking at what Jesus said, and one looking at that commandment in the New Testament and beyond... This past Sunday was the third week of the series on "You shall not steal," and the text was Eph. 4:28: He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. There are a bunch of … [Read more...]

Walter Brueggemann Cuts to the Heart of Slow Church.

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Was getting ready to starting writing the chapter on Abundance for the Slow Church book, by reading an article by Walter Brueggemann entitled "The Liturgy of Abundance, The Myth of Scarcity" when I stumbled on the following words, which I just had to stop everything and share, as they so elegantly name what Slow Church is about: Wouldn't it be wonderful if liberal and conservative church people, who love to quarrel with each other, came to a common realization that the real issue confronting us is whether the news of God's abundance can be trusted in the face of the story of … [Read more...]

Slow Church and the Mainline Churches.

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Had a fabulous time over the last few days at the Academy of Parish Clergy annual gathering in Dayton, Ohio.  I found the diverse group of mostly mainline pastors to be extraordinarily hospitable, specifically in inviting me to represent The Englewood Review of Books there (Thanks, Bob Cornwall for the invitation!) and in allowing me to share bits of our story here at Englewood Christian Church (briefly recounted in my recent ebook, The Virtue of Dialogue).  Also, it was wonderful to meet Carol Howard Merritt, who was the main conference speaker, and chat with her about some of the … [Read more...]


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