I made a reservation yesterday for a hotel room in downtown Seattle for Inhabit 2015—a conference co-sponsored by the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and The Parish Collective dedicated to exploring “Faithful Practice in the New Commons.” Erin and I have wanted to attend Inhabit since it first started five years ago, but the stars never seemed to align. I’m currently working on some developmental editing with an author active in the Inhabit movement, and so I’m delighted finally to be able to get up to Seattle and learn more about efforts to re-orient Christian communities towards local neighborhood development and empowerment. Here are a couple of paragraphs from the website about the conference:
Each year hundreds of practitioners, pastors, social entrepreneurs, church planters, community leaders, environmentalists, denominational executives, publishers, professors, urban planners, and artists from all over the globe come together to connect, collaborate and celebrate the good work being done in thousands of neighbourhoods and parishes. They share a common vision for seeing the transformation of the church through their participation in their neighborhood. They are educated yet grounded in practice, committed to interdisciplinary work, and invested in the flourishing of the Kingdom of God.
As we anticipate Inhabit in its 5th year, we’ll convene a diverse cross-section of pioneering leaders who come to meet new friends, learn from one another, and are sent back reinvigorated to join in God’s dream of reconciliation and renewal for the very particular place they call home. With a dynamic mix of participatory environments, insights from seasoned leaders, and rich storytelling, the Inhabit Conference is a uniquely creative event year after year.
Shoot me an email if you’re planning on being at Inhabit 2015! I’d love to hear about the work you’re doing that has led you to Seattle.