Deeper into Your Love and Compassion – A Slow Church Benediction.

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Yesterday I did a Slow Church webinar in conjunction with The Presbyterian Outlook.  They asked me to give a benediction at the end of the webinar, and so I decided to share that benediction here.   (Apologies that we haven't posted much here in recent months!)  Lord God,   Giver of all gifts, who loves and abundantly sustains the whole of your creation.   We come humbly before you, with gratitude for all you have given us in our churches and in our neighborhoods. We ask that you would guide us toward a deeper faithfulness to the way of Je … [Read more...]

Indiana’s New RFRA Bill Hits Home on Indy’s Near Eastside

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An article broke in the Indianapolis Star this afternoon, announcing that in response to Indiana's newly signed RFRA bill, major corporation Angie's List would be cancelling plans for an expansion to their campus on Indianapolis's Near Eastside.Key bits of the Star article: "The proposed expansion of the online consumer ratings service was touted to add 1,000 good-paying jobs over five years and help revitalize a struggling Eastside neighborhood.""Angie's List is open to all and discriminates against none," [Angie's List CEO Bill] Oesterle said, "and we are hugely disappointed in what … [Read more...]

Alexander Schmemann – Lent is a Time of Slowing Down

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 This passage by the renowned Orthodox theologian Alexander Schmemann resonated with me when I read it recently, an appropriate reflection for Ash Wednesday... Lent is a Time of Slowing Down Alexander Schmemann ( Read this passage in its larger context at The Englewood Review of Books )HOW CAN WE KEEP GREAT LENT?  It is obviously impossible for us to go to Church every day. And since we cannot keep the Lent liturgically, the question arises: what is our participation in Lent, how can we spiritually profit by it? The Church calls us to deepen our religious conscience, … [Read more...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Slow Church…

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Today is the birthday of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, born in Breslau, Prussia in 1906.   I recently discovered the following passage from Bonhoeffer, which gets to the heart of Slow Church. Incidentally, this passage can be found in the book Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christmas Sermons, which happens to be on sale right now for Kindle! ($3.79)  Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten. It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot. But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on … [Read more...]

Cultivating Gratitude in Our Communities

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Note: In Slow Church, Chris and I describe gratitude as the vital bridge that connects abundance and generosity. As a spiritual discipline--one that requires time and intentionality, both on our own and in community--gratitude is how we practice recognizing the abundant gifts God has given us. It's how we praise God for those gifts. And it is the energy that compels us to want to share those gifts. This is the second of a three-part series on how gratitude can transform our communities. (Here’s a link to yesterday’s post.) How do you practice gratitude at home, at church, and in your neighb … [Read more...]

Slow Church Book Tour – Mid-Atlantic States – Nov. 2014

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Well, I (Chris) am excited to be doing a bunch of Slow Church events in the Mid-Atlantic states next month... I'm looking forward to going back to the area in which I grew up, to meeting new folks and to igniting some conversations about Slow church!If you live near one of these events, I hope you can be there and bring a friend or two.If you don't live close enough, maybe you have friends -- particularly in the DC or Lancaster/York, PA areas -- that might enjoy participating in a conversation about Slow Church.  Please help me spread the word! (I have provided Facebook invites with … [Read more...]

Slow Church Playlist: Need Your Help…

For awhile, I've been rolling around in my head the idea of a playlist to accompany a reading of Slow Church.  I have a few songs that have would be essential to that list (which I will feature below), but would love your help in brainstorming songs that convey some of the major themes of the book (not just songs that have the word "slow" in them or that connect with a single idea raised at some point in the book).Here's a little piece I wrote a few years ago on a theology of the playlist...A song is fundamentally a gift -- and of course, some songs are better, more compelling gifts … [Read more...]


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