Eric O. Jacobsen, author of "Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and Christian Faith" is going to be teaching a course at Regent this May 15-19th entitled "Theology of the Built Environment: Suburban Sprawl, Urban Form and the Hope of Christian Community."
The New Urbanist movement has a lot in common with traditional AND avant garde thinking within the church surrounding community building, space and how our physical environments aid, or hamper our communal lives. The fact that LPC/thePlace "technically" meets* in a fairly sprawling neighbourhood has only made reading his book these past few weeks very fitting.
*The fact that we've tied our weekly gatherings to a building and then assumed that we exist as a community only at those times is a post best left for another day. Ditto for the geographical considerations too hazordously thrown aside when seeking to understand and live in community.