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Average rating: 3.97 · 666 ratings · 145 reviews · 11 distinct worksSimilar authors
Slow Church: Cultivating Co...

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The Virtue of Dialogue: Con...

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Growing Deeper in our Churc...

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My Little King: George Macd...

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“Open-handed generosity and caring for the poor and marginalized as if we were caring for Jesus himself are extensions of our worship.”
C. Christopher Smith, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
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“In addition to the transience of their members, churches themselves face a crisis of hypermobility. Many churches have put down only shallow roots in their neighborhood, or no roots at all. We’ve all heard the question, “If our church suddenly moved to a new location fifteen miles away, would anyone in our neighborhood notice we were gone?” But what if we asked ourselves this question: “If our church was magically lifted off the ground and moved to a location fifteen miles away, would we notice the difference?” Western churches have become so disentangled from their own places that this question could be a cold, hard look in the mirror for many faith communities.”
C. Christopher Smith, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

“the fuller story of the New Testament is that God’s people have been resurrected as the body of Christ. Just as Jesus is the embodiment of the shalom that God intends for creation, the church’s role in the drama of Creation is likewise to be the embodiment of God’s shalom, albeit in a form that hasn’t yet been fully realized.”
C. Christopher Smith, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus

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“It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they ''speak with the accent of natives'' they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds.”
Ivan Illich




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