Hauerwas and Slow Church

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Over the past few months St. Philip’s has been discussing what it means to be the Church.  This has been a repeated theme in our sermons.  During Lent a small group of parishioners also took the time to study Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, Life Together.  Life Together came out of Bonhoeffer’s time as leader of an underground seminary in Germany. While the seminary focused on life lived in community on a daily basis, it can also serve as a role model for the life the Church lives together.

Also during the summer, Reverend Donald, read and reviewed a new release entitled Slow Church, by C. Christopher Smith and Jon Pattison. The Slow Church movement is one of many that display signs of new life in a North American Christianity that is largely in a state of decline. Slow Church encourages us to take more time and be more intentional in our life together as the Church. In addition to being involved with Slow Church, Christopher Smith is also the editor of the Englewood Review of Books.  Recently, they featured a post on Theologian and Ethicist Stanley Hauerwas, and how his thinking has influenced Slow Church.  The post featured ten short video clips covering ten different topics.

Over the next several weeks, Rev Donald is going to be posting these videos with a little bit of commentary and some some questions. We hope that you can take the time to watch them. Hauerwas is a thinker who provokes strong reactions. You might find there is a lot of material in the videos that you agree with. You likely find things in the videos you disagree with. If there are things in the videos that you find interesting or questionable, use the contact form at the bottom of the home page of this site, to send your comments to Rev Donald. There has been a slight change in plans.  There will only be seven videos rather than ten. One of the companies that made some of the videos will not let the material be used online (even if purchased).  As a result those three videos won’t be used.

In this video Hauerwas talks about prayer teaching him how to wait. Is waiting one of the things that comes to mind when you think about prayer?

Hauerwas talks about L’Arche operating on God’s time. How might reflecting on God’s time change the way in which we as individuals and as a church live our lives together?

Hauerwas states that prayer has taught him that “God is God and I am not.” Have you learned this same lesson in prayer? What other lessons has prayer taught you?