The essence of God is love (1 John 4:8). When God’s love was poured into the world it looked like Jesus moving into the Nazareth Neighborhood. God himself lingered for 30 years in a place, showing us that the world is not transformed from lofty stages but from the streets. The Church is now compelled, not as those fearing, but as those searching how the Kingdom of God is breaking into our particular and peculiar neighborhoods. This year at the Praxis Gathering we’re submerging into a theology and practice of Loving our Neighborhood. We’ll explore the unique possibilities in the urban, suburban and rural contexts. Join us and 250 + other missional practitioners to be equipped, nourished and sent back into the world.
In our third annual time together, we will plummet deep into the hands-on-work of Loving our Neighborhood with unique emphasis on the challenges and opportunities facing rural, suburban and urban contexts. We’ve gathered some of the best on-the-ground church planters and practitioners to equip us in fresh practices for dwelling in these local places. Additionally we’re excited to offer Neighborhood Immersions, which are missional labs into real-time places in Philly.
The Praxis Gathering this year will be hosted at the Asian Arts Initiative, which is a newly-renovated space located in Philadelphia’s burgeoning Chinatown North neighborhood.Asian Arts Initiative is a multidisciplinary community arts center conveniently located near City Hall and public transportation, with nearby public parking lots and street parking available.
On Friday from 2pm- 6pm we’re offering 4 different Immersion trips into real-time neighborhoods in Philly, led by authentic practitioners. You will get the privilege of touring a church planter’s locality and see key areas, streets, landmarks, events, buildings and borders that have shaped their missional presence over the years. Along the way you’ll hear their story of loving a neighborhood; what they’ve discovered, what traction they’ve experienced, what hurdles they’ve faced and what hope they have for the future. At the end of the Immersion you’ll enjoy dinner together in their neighborhood.