Slow Church Stories #2: Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like.Previous Story: Salem Alliance Church Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church Johnson City, TN *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week...[ This story was told by our friend Phil Kenneson in a pamphlet on Slow Church that he wrote for the Ekklesia Project, entitled Praticing Ecclesial Patience, which can be read in full online here.  We … [Read more...]

Slow Church Stories: Salem Alliance Church

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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing a number of stories of churches whose life together embodies some facet of Slow Church.  We hope these stories will stretch your imagination about what a Slow Church looks like.  Salem Alliance Church (Salem, OR  -- Where John's parents are members) *** Check out SLOW CHURCH on the Patheos Book Club this week...My (John’s) parents go to Salem Alliance, a large Christian and Missionary Alliance church in downtown Salem, which is about twenty-five minutes from my town of Silverton. Not long ago, Salem Alliance had the oppo … [Read more...]

Tiny Tastes of Slow Church

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This week, John has started tweeting some best quotes and ideas from the Slow Church book... If you use Twitter, make sure that you follow us:  @SlowChurches .  Watch for our tweets and Retweet your favorite ones. (If you have a copy of the book already, feel free to tweet your favorite quotes using the hashtag #SlowChurch. )Even if you aren't on Twitter, you should be able to read the quotes here: https://twitter.com/slowchurchesHere are a few of my favorites:  Our calling into the abundant life of #SlowChurch begins and ends with the love, patience, and longsuffering of G … [Read more...]

A School for Kindness?

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 One of the most interesting new books released this week is Congratulations, By The Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders. This hardback volume contains the graduation speech that Saunders gave at Syracuse University in 2013.  Although you can read the full text of the speech online, this lovely hardback would make a wonderful gift for all your friends and family who are graduating this spring!   [Also, watch a lovely video excerpt of the talk here ]I was especially captivated by this passage: Each of us is born with a series of built-in confusions that are probably s … [Read more...]

There’s Always an Ark! [Thoughts on the NOAH film]

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Last night, I finally got around to seeing the Noah movie.  Darren Aronofsky is probably my favorite movie director (I even wrote about his movie PI in the Slow Church book), and NOAH was one of my most anticipated films of 2014.  And, it did not disappoint.  NOAH is a story in the tradition of the biblical prophets, with striking relevance for our own times.*** WARNING: There may be some tiny spoilers here, if you haven't seen the film (Although I don't think reading these spoilers now would ruin the experience of seeing the film).Last week, I read an article in the New York Times ab … [Read more...]

Is Jesus the Answer? [A Reflection on the Slow Church Conference]

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Is Jesus the Answer? A Guest Post By Peter Stevens Last week, I attended the Slow Church Conference. While driving down Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis, I saw a church sign that read, “Jesus is the Answer.” I’ve heard this a million times. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the saying. While I understand the intent behind the statement is probably someone trying to share the Gospel, the statement itself seems to fall short. There’s no discussion of how Jesus is the answer or what the question is. I think to many it seems like we are trying to offer Jesus as the solution to any problem without qu … [Read more...]

Willie Jennings – Slow Church Conference – Lecture #1

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Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote. [ Download a FREE sampler of the SLOW CHURCH book here... ]Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race was named The Most Significant Theological Work … [Read more...]


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