Last night we met with Paul Sparks, Dwight Friesen and Ben Katt involved in the Parish Collective here in the Pacific NW as well as Steve Knight from the Transform network. It was an exciting time of learning as we grappled with what it means to incarnate Jesus in the places within which we live.
The Parish Collective is one of the most encouraging networks I have come across for a long time as I strongly believe that churches of the future will need to be deeply rooted in their local communities. It is very much in keeping with the emphasis on sustainability that we are concerned. In fact the whole network is about local presence and sustainability and I would highly recommend it for all those who are looking for resources on how to be more locally present in your neighbourhoods..
They will be hosting a conference Inhabit together with Mars Hill Graduate School and Transform Network April 29th – May 1st. Yes I know it is the same weekend as my spirituality of gardening seminars in Portland and Hood River. So time to struggle with those choices between local and distant.
Here is how the Parish Collective is described:
Welcome to a collective of people who have begun rooting in neighborhoods and wish to develop supportive relationships that link their groups to:
a) Stories from similar contexts
b) Critical resources and guides
c) Friends and partners in their neighborhood, city, and region.