Wild Goose Chase: Speaking Tour Details

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Speaking Tour

Chris and I can’t wait to get on the road for our upcoming tour, which we’ve dubbed the “Wild Goose Chase,” since we built it around the Wild Goose Festival. While the Speaking page gives a nice overview of our itinerary, we thought it best to provide more details in this space. Here is what the next couple weeks look like for us:

July 5, 2016

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Englewood Christian Church :: 57 North Rural Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Title: Indianapolis release party for Reading for the Common Good
Description: Come celebrate the release of Chris Smith’s new book, Reading the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish. Chris and John will talk about the new book, followed by a book signing. Oh, and there will be desserts! Copies of the books will be available for $10 (that’s including sales tax).
For More Information: Facebook Event Page

July 6, 2016

Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Private Residence (see Facebook Event for details) :: Louisville, Kentucky
Title: Slow Church: An Evening with the Authors
Description: Join Chris, John, and neighbors for a BBQ dinner and a conversation about what Slow Church might look like in Louisville. From the organizers: “Gregg and [Lindsay] have been able to attend a number of these conversations in different parts of the country and the conversation is always different and always rich, challenging, and life-giving. We hope you can join us — and feel free to spread the word!”
For More Information: Facebook Event Page

 

July 7, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Deep River Friends Meeting :: 5300 West Wendover Avenue, High Point, North Carolina
Title: A Slow Church Conversation
Description: Chris and John will be at Deep River Friends Meeting for a conversation about Slow Church and we can cultivate communities that incarnate the presence of Christ in our neighborhoods. We’ll also discuss what it means to be a “learning community” and how reading together can create deeper understanding for the common good.
For More Information: Facebook Event Page

 

July 9, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Wild Goose Festival :: Hot Springs, North Carolina
Title: Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish
Description: Chris and John will curate a conversation on reading, and the ways that it is essential to cultivating deeper community in our churches, neighborhoods and beyond. To launch this conversation, John will interview Chris about his new book Reading For the Common Good. Following this interview, session participants will be invited into a conversation about the virtues of reading slowly, intentionally, and in community.
For More Information: Wild Goose Festival 2016

 

July 9, 2016

Time: Evening
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Title and Description: Private Event

 

July 10, 2016

Time: 10:45 a.m.
Location: First Christian Church :: 650 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Title: Love in the Time of Schism
Description: Chris and John will be co-preaching at First Christian Church on the topic of reconciled diversity.

 

July 10, 2016

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: First Christian Church :: 650 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Title: Slow Church: An Evening with the Authors
Description: From the organizers: “Join us for an evening of conversation with C. Christopher Smith and John Pattison, co-authors of the award-winning book Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. In a day and age in which spiritual seekers of all generations value authenticity over production and relationship over marketing, Smith and Pattison’s book serves as an important conversation starter for churches longing to sculpt a more authentic sense of community. Released in 2014, Slow Church takes its name from the ‘slow food’ movement, and according to Pattison, serves as ‘a call to unmask and repent of our industrialized and fast-food approaches to church.’ It’s an accessible read and yet represents a depth of research, thought, and conversation that is unique to books that focus on church building or growth. The Slow Church emphasis on quality of relationship with God and among members of a church community over metrics and numbers is both a terrific challenge and exciting invitation for churches across the theological spectrum.”
For More Information: Facebook Event Page

 

July 12, 2016

Time: Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Rabbit Room :: Nashville, Tennessee
Title: Reading for the Common Good — Author Event
Description: We (Chris and John) have long admired from afar the work of The Rabbit Room, an online community and physical space in Nashville — started by Andrew Peterson and his brother A.S. Peterson — the mission of which is to “foster Christ-centered community and spiritual formation through music, story, and art.” We’re going to be talking about Chris’s new book, Reading for the Common Good, as well as about Slow Church, which is The Rabbit Room’s most recent book club book. We can’t wait to be there in person. Seating is limited, so follow the link below to RSVP and save a spot.
For More Information: The Rabbit Room

 

July 13, 2016

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art and Action :: 1662 Blue Rock Street, Suite 1A, Cincinnati, Ohio
Title: Slow(ing) Church
Description: Another venue dedicated to creativity and spirituality that we can’t wait to visit! From the organizers: “In [this fast-paced age], Chris Smith and John Pattison…have co-written a book that has been slowly (see what we did there?) reshaping the imagination of church…A perfect mid-day event for pastoral staff, lay leadership, and faith based nonprofit leaders… Come consider the satisfying, gradual, tasty work of seeking the welfare of your city.” This event is limited to just 40 people and includes lunch. See the link below for ticket information.
For More Information: Facebook Event Page

 

July 13, 2016

Time: 3:00 p.m. (tentative)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Title and Description: Private Event

 

July 13, 2016

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art and Action :: 1662 Blue Rock Street, Suite 1A, Cincinnati, Ohio
Title: Reading for the Common Good
Description: This is a blockbuster night, as Chris joins Pauletta Hansel (Cincinnati’s poet laureate) and musician/activist Eddy Kwon for an evening of dialogue, reading, and learning together. From the organizers: “How does literature shape our collective imagination? How do reading and writing affect our views of our neighbors, our neighborhood, and the courageous act of neighboring? How might reading or writing as a contemplative habit catapult us into social action?  Interact with a panel of writer-activists in an evening of conversations and guided exercises on these and other matters. Seating is limited to 40 people, so be sure to register early.”
For More Information: Eventbrite Page

 

July 14, 2016

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Noblesville, Indiana
Title and Description: Private Event

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