Chris Smith is a member of the Englewood Christian Church community and Senior Editor of the Englewood Review of Books, a weekly print/online review of recent books related to community and mission in a post-christian world. He has also written for Sojourners, RelevantMagazine.com and Catapult magazine. His most recent project is a blog chronicling his adventures in urban naturalism.
Taking Pop Culture Back to the People: The Church as a Catalyst of Local Culture
The effects of several centuries of individualism and several decades of globalization, have served to disconnect us from our neighbors and from the places in which we live. Brent Aldrich, Chris Smith and Ragan Sutterfield will make a case that churches, as communities of God’s people guided by the redemptive mission of God, are not only essential to the reclaiming of the identity of their specific places, but can also serve to nurture a distinctive local culture that is of the people (i.e., popular). Brent, Chris and Ragan will also share stories from our own adventures in embodying this vision of the Church – Ragan as a farmer, Brent as a visual artist and Chris as a community developer and urban naturalist.