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To Seek the Welfare of the City: A call to faithful building in exile

To Seek the Welfare of the City: A call to faithful building in exile

Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: First Baptist Church, 1021 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN US 55403

Coordinator: Jeremy Adelman |

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Why does our current place matter in light of God's kingdom? What does it mean to be faithful builders of "place" in our city? How can we use our place to exemplify the truth, beauty, and goodness of Jesus to our neighbors and our city?

This talk will consider how our faithful engagement with the built environment of our place is a fundamental component of God's directive to seek the welfare of the city. Additionally, it will explore important elements of designing for human dignity and highlight creative ways to endeavor "placemaking" as a church in order to promote the flourishing of the local neighborhood.


Sara Joy Proppe is the founder and director of Proximity Project, an initiative centered on educating and activating churches to be thoughtful stewards of their properties within the context of their neighborhoods. Through Proximity Project she provides consulting services and resources that spark creative ways for churches to embody their mission with their property for the flourishing of the local neighborhood, whether it be through implementing small-scale placemaking installations or pursuing real estate development projects.

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