What does it mean to love our city?
This weekend I traded the snow for palm trees with a team from Re:source Global to help run a conference called Together LA. My friends think I’m at the beach, my kids think I’m with Lightning McQueen at the Championship Race. Where I really am is sitting in the back of a darkened cathedral flooded with deep conviction.
The 3-day conference hosted at West Angeles Church-Cathedral sought to ask and answer the question, “What does it mean to love our city?” That question alone raises several more questions: How do we start to see more communities of faith living missionally, improving the conditions of those living in the margins, and developing cross-cultural relationships with one another? How do we integrate faith and work? How do we take into consideration the pervasive influence of culture on society?Photos: Henny Wong
I stepped in Friday’s session as the focus shifted to what it looks like to show the love of Jesus in the messy, seedy, difficult, dingy spaces of our cities. The conference was specifically for Los Angles, a city that massively influences American culture and beyond. But the message translates to anyone living in a city with social challenges, which I would guess is nearly every major city in any part of the world.