A while ago I went to this event:
this book. It is a book I heartily encourage people in leadership positions in the church to read. Why chuirch leaders and not just community leaders (who I also encourage to read this book)? Two reasons.
One reason is that I believe that much of what Kageyama says about cities holds true for churches. If we view the church as a community the we need to talk about what makes us love our churches -- and how to grow that love.
The other reason is that I strongly believe that one of the roles of the church in the larger community is to help that larger community grow into a more lovable place. Can the church be a locus for co-creators? Historically the church has been a big (sometimes the biggest) force for both creativity and community development. Historically the church has also done the exact opposite. We have to choose which way we will go and act.
There was one line from near the end of the book that expecially struck me. But it will get its own post. Maybe tomorrow evening while watching the Brier final that post will get written????