“We are impatient, anxious to see the whole picture, but God lets us see things slowly, quietly. The Church [has] to learn how to wait.” – Pope Francis, quoted in Slow Church.
Slow Church, written by C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison (IVP, 2014), is a book that encourages an alternative way of living as the church today. This alternative isn’t new, it’s actually quite ancient, quite rooted in Jesus. But it’s an alternative to what is causing a great deal of spiritual exhaustion today, an exhaustion caused by a church or religious “experience” that is mass produced and exists not for the health of the person but for the reproducibility and market value of the franchise.
Smith and Pattison’s angle is influenced by the “slow food” movement. The “slow food” movement says that personal, communal, and global wellness are tied to the local farmers and craft-peoples – that the best is the smaller, the local, the particular of a specific season and place. “Slow food” speaks a firm, No! to the reduction of a human person to a calorie-intake machine. Instead, it says, “Taste what is local and can only be found here in this time, with these people.”
Smith and Pattison’s Slow Church is about Christian spirituality with Continue reading