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Invitation to Common Good PHX

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly noticed I have a habit of including stories from Christianity Today‘s This Is Our City project in my weekly Repaso. Yep, guilty as charged.

The idea behind the project, if you’re not familiar, is to tell stories about the ways Christians are seeking the flourishing of their cities, largely through vocations that wouldn’t necessarily be considered “full-time Christian ministry.” Rather, by making everyday common good decisions, believers are doing wonderful and inspiring things in small towns and big cities all over the place. If not for this project, it’s safe to say these stories would mostly go untold. And that would be a real shame. After all, in a world of so much bad news, good news is, well, good news!

Katie and I have each written for the project – Katie told the story of the Chris and Bethany, who are finding creative ways to build community in their apartment complex, and I profiled Aaron, a serial entrepreneur who thinks theologically about what faithful presence in the marketplace really looks like. We’ve been known to tweet and pin things for the project as well, for what that’s worth.

andy-crouchAnd now we’re so excited to be part of the team that’s organizing Common Good PHX, a two-day event in mid-April featuring our friend Andy Crouch. Andy wrote the excellent book Culture Making, and in his three plenary talks, he’ll lead us through the story of culture, the work of culture, and the hope of culture, stirring our imaginations to consider how we can serve the common good of Phoenix through our vocations. We’ll also have opportunities to hear from local Christians whose common good decisions are making Phoenix a better place for all of us.

A few key details:

  • When? April 12-13, 2013
  • Where? Christ Church Anglican (5811 N 20th St, Phoenix)
  • How much? $15 (early), $20 (late)

Everything else you need to know about it here.

Registration for the event is now open, and we’d love to see you there!

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