Decelerate

One of the best things I did at Greennbelt was attend an evening worship event run by Church on the Corner. Decelerate: New Ways of Inhabiting the City was a reflection on the hectic, fast-paced rat race we are surrounded by living in the city.

It’s something I think about regularly. I love living in the city: I love all the hustle and bustle, the interaction, the diversity. Yet I need to slow down regularly. And maybe that’s where Sabbath comes back in again. But it was fantastic to sit down, slow down, and be reminded that I am not a slave, that nobody cares what I do for a living, that the world keeps on spinning when I stop for a minute.

demotivational poster

[See more demotivational posters from Church on the Corner on flickr]

And as we were reminded during the worship, it doesn’t matter if you win the rat race, at the end you’re still a rat.

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2 Responses to “Decelerate”


  1. 1 Mark Fletcher September 11, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Hey Emma, really glad you enjoyed it so much! We repeated it at Church on the Corner the following sunday and it was perhaps even more appropriate there.

  2. 2 emmsy September 13, 2009 at 10:18 am

    @ Mark: Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been keeping an eye on CotC since I came across the liturgy of the city, so it was cool to experience, at least in part, your community at Greenbelt. Glad it was good for you in church too!


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