[Daily Advent Reflection] Claiming a People and a Place.

Claiming a People and a Place. Daily Advent Reflection. Craig Goodwin. John 7:40-52. Saturday, December 17, 2011Lo! How a rose e're blooming From tender stem hath sprung Of Jesse's lineage coming As those of old have sungIt came, a flowerth bright Amid the cold of winter When half-spent was the night- "Lo! How A Rose E'er Blooming"  Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming 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 w … [Read more...]

[Daily Advent Reflection] Incarnating Christ in our Places.

Incarnating Christ in Our Places. Daily Advent Reflection. Chris Smith. Micah 5:1-5a Wednesday November 30, 2011Because we have not made our lives to fit Our places, the forests are ruined, the fields eroded, The streams polluted, the mountains overturned. Hope Then to belong to your place by your own knowledge Of what it is that no other place is, and by Your caring for it as you care for no other place, this Place that you belong to though it is not yours, For it was from the beginning and will be to the end -Wendell Berry, from “Sabbath Poems 2007, VI.” [ Read the ful … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Stanley Hauerwas: The local church as alternative to a culture of violence

I recently finished reviewing Stanley Hauerwas's newest book War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity for Sojourners magazine.  I won't rehash my whole review here, as it will be available in due time, but I will say that the most striking thing about the book was his turn toward the local church congregation in the third and final part, a direction in which his work has made gestures in the past, but has never gone as far as he does here.The finest essay in the collection, is entitled "A Particular Place," and while I was writing my review … [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...]

The Slow Church Conversation.

“What is Slow Church?” This question is one that I’ve been getting quite a bit recently.  I’m always at a bit of a loss to answer, however, because so many things are swirling through my head.  Over the coming months, John Pattison and I will facilitate a conversation here that will explore what we mean by Slow Church, and what that might look like in a variety of different church contexts.  But a conversation has to begin somewhere, so let me set out a few thoughts to get us started. On the most basic level, Slow Church is a conversation between Christianity of the early twenty-first century … [Read more...]