The Parable of the Old Runner

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There's an old runner I know who recently shared a story that I think will be helpful for churches that desire to be healthy. (Actually, it probably would be helpful for all communities: neighborhoods, other faith communities, etc., but this is the Slow CHURCH blog after all and our audience here is mostly Christian).  The Old Runner realized earlier this year that after over a decade of pretty-much-not-running, he had grown fat and out-of-shape. So, he worked hard for several months, and started running regularly, and felt himself getting back into decent shape, and worked up to … [Read more...]

Phil Kenneson – Toward a Theology of Sleep

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Since the Slow Church conference here a few weeks ago, I've been thinking about a tiny point that Phil Kenneson made about sleep, and about how sleep is essential not only to our health (Consider the recent research linking sleep deprivation to ADHD and also to obesity), but also to Christian faithfulness.The recordings of Phil's talk at the Slow Church conference are not yet ready to be posted online, BUT he made very similar remarks in a talk that he gave on Slow Church at the Ekklesia Project Gathering in 2012.   I highly recommend that you download the full text of that talk (or if you … [Read more...]

Wendell Berry and The Body.

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After recently re-reading Wendell Berry’s essay “Health is Membership” and being struck by its pertinency today, I asked a few friends to read the essay and write a Slow Church-related reflection on the essay.  The is the third of these reflections by my friend Brian Volck, who is not only a gifted writer, but also a pediatrician.     ~Chris*** Read the previous “Health is Membership” reflection by Rachel Marie StoneI’ve been teaching Wendell Berry’s essay, “Health is Membership,” in a medical school elective, “Literature and Medicine,” for over a decade, so I have reason to reread it o … [Read more...]

Supporting Each Other in Sickness and in Health

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After recently re-reading Wendell Berry's essay "Health is Membership" and being struck by its pertinency today, I asked a few friends to read the essay and write a Slow Church-related reflection on the essay.  The is the first of these reflections by my friend Brent Bill.     ~ChrisAlmost twenty years ago Wendell Berry gave an address titled “Health is Membership.”  Berry, the agrarian poet/novelist/theologian, presented a pretty scathing indictment of the then “modern” health system in the US and our complicity in its failings.  Among his criticisms, which are many, was that our under … [Read more...]

Becoming Good Soil

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For the last few weeks in our Sunday night conversation here at Englewood Christian Church, we have been exploring the imagery of sustainable agriculture to describe life together in the local church community.  This stream of our conversation began with the idea that churches work better as diverse poly-cultures (diverse types of people, doing diverse sorts of work), rather than mono-cultures (focusing on a narrow demographic of people –age-wise, ethnically or otherwise, or doing a single kind of work).  Last night’s conversation began with a familiar quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Toge … [Read more...]

Churches catalyzing local culture.

For several years now, I have been describing the work of local church communities in their particular places as catalyzing local culture.  However, I could only provide some barebones images and stories of what that might look like.This week, however, I discovered the new book Making Healthy Places from Island Press and edited by Andrew Danneberg, Howard Frumkin and Richard Jackson.  The authors whose work is offered in this volume call us to a vision of healthy community not unlike what the Old Testament prophets called shalom.  They likewise are deeply aware of the complexities -- le … [Read more...]


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