Conversations, Free Stuff, VOLUME 7

Willie Jennings – Slow Church Conference [Audio]

Willie Jennings

Here is the first of the audio recordings from the Slow Church Conference that we hosted last week here at Englewood Christian Church.

Our aim for the conference was to foster conversation around the work of several key theologians whose work inspired the Slow Church book that John Pattison and I wrote.

Willie Jennings is Associate Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.

His book The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race was named The Most Significant Theological Work of 2010 by The Englewood Review of Books
(Read the ERB Review…)

The title of his talk was “A Place of Redemption: Putting Church on the Ground”

[ CLICK HERE to download MP3’s of all 3 parts of this lecture ]

Part I:

Part II:

Extended Q/A:

Photo Credit: Felipe Martinez (Used with permission)


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at:


  1. Hey ERB, I get a 403 – Forbidden error when I click the download arrow buttons ;( Anyone else getting that error?


    • Joe, not sure why they weren’t working (they weren’t working any more for me either)… BUT this has been fixed now. There is a link right above the streaming players where you can go and download the mp3’s…

      Thanks for letting me know!


  2. Thanks for making these talks available to us. Dr. Jennings has an insightful and powerful message that speaks to both mind and heart.

    Also thanks for the entire conference. This was a wonderful gathering. The people at Englewood know how to make a person feel at home. Actually, not only to “feel” at home, but to be at home. Every single day I think about the conference in one way or another.