Middle class suburban culture dominates the central structures of the Church of England, and so it is no surprise that it also dominates its official liturgy. But urban culture has its own distinctive features and so liturgy and worship need adapting in order to connect with that culture and take seriously the urban mission imperative. This study looks at these distinctive features - especially in the areas of language, education, money and identity - and suggests practical ways of making liturgy and worship fit the mission context.
How can churches and individual practitioners respond faithfully and creatively to the tensions that often arise in urban mission? Drawing on in-depth research and personal experience, this careful booklet analyses and reflects upon a series of tensions in the theory and practice of mission in an urban context. It urges a both-and Christianity that learns from different perspectives and wrestles with tension, bringing witness that is richer, deeper and ultimately more fruitful.
Gentrification is a complex process that historically has created dividing lines between the haves and have-nots. In urban renewal, there are clear winners and losers as neighborhoods and districts become revitalized. On the plus side, there is a reclamation and preservation of grand historic buildings, homes and edifices alongside renewed economic vitality.
The world is urban at its core--over half the world's population live in cities and most of the global poverty resides there too. Urbanization affects all of us, whether we love in cities or not, and this impact will increase in the coming decades. For fifteen years Urban Expression has been motivating people to get up and move into inter-city neighborhoods to see what they can learn and what difference they can make.