Slow Church for an Anxious Time

Rt Revd Professor Stephen Pickard

Sunday 20th August, 2pm-4pm, St James’ Hall

The idea of slow church takes its cue from Michael Leunig’s line in Another Way of Being ‘nothing can be loved at speed’. For the church to re-engage people and Australian society it will need to attend to the needs, hopes and anxieties of Australians and especially its First Peoples. We desperately need to recover a pace of life that maximises the possibility of truly meeting others where they at, and find God in our midst. Can the church rise to the occasion?

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Dear God,

We pray for another way of being:
another way of knowing.

Across the difficult terrain of our existence
we have attempted to build a highway
and in so doing have lost our footpath.
God lead us to our footpath:
Lead us there where in simplicity
we made move at the speed of natural creatures
and feel the earth’s love beneath our feet.
Lead us there where step-by-step we may feel
the movement of creation in our hearts.
And lead us there where side-by-side
we may feel the embrace of the common soul.
Nothing can be loved at speed.

God lead us to the slow path; to the joyous insights
of the pilgrim; another way of knowing: another way of being.

Amen.

Michael Leunig