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.

Easter Sermon 2013

It may seem like an odd time to be posting an Easter sermon. Especially one from 2013. However, I came across this on my phone the other day, and figured why not put it up.


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

Lent Study St. Philip’s Norwood

Lent Study textbook

During Lent St. Philip’s Norwood Anglican Church will use Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together to help us focus our thinking and practices.

Life Together:

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent. During Lent St. Philip’s will be hosting a Lent study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together

Lent Study Details:

Life Together consist of five chapters.  We will take a chapter a week.  Our first session will be held on Wednesday, March 12.  The time is 7:00 pm.  Location is St. Philip’s Norwood Anglican Church, 240 Tache Avenue. Continue reading

New Year Bringing New Adventures in Ministry

The year is slowly coming to an end.  While we still have the rest of Advent and Christmas, it won’t be long until the new year is upon us.  For me, the new year is going to me new adventures.  In particular, these new adventures will be in the area of ministry.

New Year collarless me

Going collarless that day.

In other words, I will have new ministry positions beginning February 1st, 2014.  While the positions will be new, the people I will be serving as priest will be people I am already familiar with.  My position is going to be .6 time, which will be .5 at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church on Taché, and .1 at St. Mark’s Anglican Church on St. Mark’s, just off of St. Mary’s Road.

St. Mark’s will have the greatest continuity for me, as for the last two years I have provided supply ministry for Ian Peterson, as he bravely fought cancer.  Last month Ian’s battle with cancer ended as he entered into glory.  I am honoured to be able, in any small way, to build on the legacy of faithful love and service that Ian gave to St. Mark’s.  It has been good working with the people of the parish so far, especially Rev. Deacon Steven Scribner, and I hope to be able to assist in building on a solid foundation that has already been laid at St. Mark’s. Continue reading