Adult Education Topical Book Study: Sundays, beginning October 27, at 9:45 a.m.
This fall, you are invited to join the Adult Christian Education Team’s topical study, which begins reading Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus on Sunday, October 27.
The Church is often idealized (or demonized) as the last bastion of a bygone era, dragging our feet as we are pulled into new moralities and new spiritualities. We guard our doctrine and our piety with great vigilance. But we often fail to notice how quickly we are capitulating, in the structures and practices of our churches, to a culture of unreflective speed, dehumanizing efficiency, and dis-integrating isolationism. In the beginning, the Church ate together, traveled together, and shared in all facets of life. Centered as they were on Jesus, these seemingly mundane activities took on their own significance in the mission of God. In Slow Church, authors Chris Smith and John Pattison invite us to leave franchise faith behind and enter into the ecology, economy, and ethics of the kingdom of God, where people know each other well and love one another as Christ loved the Church.
Of Slow Church, pastor J.R. Briggs writes, “There is a better, freer, and more hope-filled way than frenetic ministry and exhausted lives. It sees ‘slow’ not as lazy or bad, but as rich and meaningful. This book challenges us to savor — not devour — the blessings of God in the midst of community.” And Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary, writes: “This thoughtful, discerning book advocates ‘slow’ in faith and in life — a recognition that faith is a practice of relational fidelity that cannot be reduced to contractual or commodity transaction. The authors ponder and reflect on this summons with both pastoral sensitivity and missional passion.”
On Sundays, after a time of fellowship and light refreshments in the Sharp Atrium at 9:30 a.m., please join our discussion leader, Elder Ted Brooke, in the Craig Room at 9:45 a.m. The study will continue through Sunday, November 24.