Pope Francis issues a call for Slow Church!

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In a speech last week to the Bishops of Brazil, Pope Francis spoke eloquently about the timely need for Slow Church...Here's a compelling excerpt from the speech:[ HT to Tim Ross for pointing my attention to this speech... ] "We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly.Today, we need a Church capable of walking at people’s side, of doing more than simply listening to them; a Church which accompanies them on their journey; a Church able to make sense of the “night” contained in the flight of so many of our brothers and … [Read more...]

A Friend of Time [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by John Jay Alvaro]

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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 guest 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 seventh in the series, is by John Jay Alvaro.Read the previous post in the series by Janice Love. It is the second largest Sunday school class in the church. I … [Read more...]

Slow Formation [An Ekklesia Project Guest Post by Ted Lewis]

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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 fifth in the series, is by Ted Lewis.Read the previous post in the series by Susan Adams.Over the past two years I’ve been part of a small men’s group in my church, and one thin … [Read more...]

[ Daily Advent Reflection ] Yet I Will Wait Patiently.

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Yet I Will Wait Patiently. Daily Advent Reflection. Kimberly Roth. Habakkuk 3:13-19. Saturday, December 10, 2011And knowing how hard it hurts when we fall We lean another ladder against the wrong wall And climb high to the highest rung To shake fists at the sky - Nickel Creek “Reasons Why” Listen: [ Youtube ] [ Spotify ]  These 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 FAC … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Waiting in Hope.

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Waiting in Hope. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Acts 2:37-42. Monday, December 5, 2011Come fall on us, we fall on you A thankful heart will be our rhythm Come fall on us, we fall on you A thankful heart will be our song.A thankful heart Prepares the way for you my God- "Come Fall on Us" Enter the Worship Circle, Vol. 1. [Sorry, can't find any legitimate sites to stream this song] These 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 … [Read more...]

God’s Patience, The City and THE WIRE.

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In my initial post on this blog, I noted that our vision of Slow Church was rooted in the slowness of God's work in the world.  One facet of that slowness, as I described in that post is God's choice to redeem the world by gathering a people.  Another facet is God's patience with the depths and complexities of human rebellion.  From Cain's founding of the first city (Gen. 4: 9-17) onward, the city has been an image of brokenness, human rebellion against God.  Jacques Ellul, in The Meaning of the City (a superb work for beginning to reflect on urban theology), observes: [The builders of Babel] … [Read more...]


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