Five years Being A Priest

Today is the Feast of St. Michael & All the Angels. It’s also National Coffee Day. On top of those two, it’s the day I was ordained a priest. This year marks five years since I entered priestly orders. The Feast of St. Michael & All the Angels is the liturgical marker of my ordination anniversary.

National Coffee Day is of course, one of those time markers in the consumerist liturgical year. However, coffee is important. If you read Dining with Donald you’ll know that coffee is a subject that I’ve written about on several occasions, including my most recent offering. I’ve also been influenced lately by the book Slow Church, Slow Church is all about being church rather than doing church. It’s about taking time to be with each other when we are gathered and with our greater community when we are scattered.

I love the fact that my ordination falls in Ordinary Time. Closer to Advent than Pentecost, but still at the point where we are in the middle of it all. That’s what I think it means to live as a  Priest, and likely also what it means to live as a Christian, to be in the middle of each others lives. Continue reading

Stanley Hauerwas, Slow Church

This is a first in a series of videos. I was originally going to post this series here, but instead they will be on the new St. Philip’s Website. The first video with questions has already been posted there. I plan on posting the second one later today or tomorrow, August 23.

It’s been a while since I’ve done regular writing here at Bubsblurbs. My focus has mainly been on Dining with Donald. My last post here was a review of Slow Church. Last week Chris Smith of the Englewood Review of Books and one of the co-authors of Slow Church, posted about Stanley Hauerwas’s birthday.  In the post he linked to several Hauerwas videos that reflect on ideas related to Slow Church.

For those of you unfamiliar with Hauerwas, you can check out his Wikipedia or Duke University pages.  Hauerwas is a leading ethicist who is often controversial, and almost always worth reading.  The videos in the series are short and meant to work as discussion starters.  My plan is to post the videos and include a short commentary and a couple of questions to encourage further discussion.

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Slow Church Worth Lingering Over

I’ve been looking forward to reading Slow Church ever since I first heard about it on Facebook.  Written by Chris Smith and Jon Pattison, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus, is a clarion call to the body of Christ, to hit the brakes and reconsider the direction it’s heading. The ethos around Slow Church has been very much informed by the Slow Food Movement. This movement asks us to take the time to appreciate all the elements of our meal.  This starts with how and where the food is grown.  How it is harvested.  How it is prepared. How and with whom it is consumed. This approach is given in contrast to what the authors refer to as the McDonaldization of church.  The term McDonaldization was created by George Ritzer and refers to how the principles of McDonald’s as a business have been applied to other parts of life.  The four dimension of McDonaldization are: efficiency, predictability, calculability (quantifiable results) and control-or at least the illusion of control. (15) The opening part of Slow Church lays out how we to where we are now. How the church developed into a place where these characteristics are among the most highly valued.  After showing how this has hurt the church, the authors move on to describe ways in which this can be undone. Continue reading