Workshops

All workshops will be offered on Friday (most twice).

“Food, Faith and the Cultivating of Taste”

Ragan Sutterfield, with Brent Laytham.
We know that agriculture and food can be good and even beautiful, but rarely do we hear how farming and food can actually enliven us to the Good, the Beautiful and the True.  Using Genesis 1-4 as a guide, Brent Laytham and Ragan Sutterfield will explore how we might develop a catechesis of taste in our congregations where we can learn to resist the junk food of empire and savor the taste of faithful discipleship. (offered once, morning session)

“Patient Economics”

Chris Franks leads a discussion of his book in the EP Ekklesia Series, He Became Poor: The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas’s Economic Teachings. It is a meditation on creation and the cross and the virtues called for by God’s slow economy.  How can we embody such virtues in our churches amid the formative disciplines of modern market economies?  Participants are encouraged but not required to read the book in preparation.  (offered twice)

Chris Franks is associate professor of religion at High Point University in High Point, North Carolina, and an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.  He holds degrees from Indiana University and Duke University.  He and his wife, Sandy, have four children (and one on the way!).

“Turning the Soil: Digging Deeper into the Findings of CFI”

Transforming a congregation takes time. Like building up topsoil, it is best measured in decades, or even longer. Join CFI pastors, Jenny Williams and Erin Martin, as they look for new growth in improving soil of congregational life.  (offered twice)

“Slow Church, Deep Economy and Comprehensive Community Development”

Joe Bowling will explore the ways his church’s (Englewood Christian Church)  conversation has been transformational and led them into mission in their neighborhood.  (offered twice)

“Fast Friends in the Age of Facebook”

Facebook (and other forms of social networking) are often touted as the new way forward for doing and being church, while at the same time, others raise questions about how this technology might be forming and shaping us in ways that are, well, unChristian.  Life in the twenty-first century is necessarily a life filled with technology but Bennett and Kallenberg offer some thoughts on how to engage technology and internet culture in faithful, even slow-church, ways. Jana Bennett and Brad Kallenberg will lead this exploration.   (offered twice)

Why the Primary Obstacle to Slow Church is Your Job. (Or, Why Your Job is Not Your Calling)

Tim Otto and Colin Chan Redemer lead this workshop on vocation. It will briefly survey the historic Christian positions and scripture. The argument will be made that our primary calling is to be God’s holy people, and thus finding our fit in the body of Christ is of more importance than functioning as a good cog in the global capitalist machine. How this vision frees time and energy for church will also be explored, especially through the experience of the Church of the Sojourners in San Francisco.  (offered once, afternoon session)