Community has certainly become a buzzword but it is at the pulsing heart of the Gospel. Yet, attempt to weave shared-life together amongst a local people and you will discover how fragmented we’ve become. We huddle with people like us – like interests, like politics, like stages of life, or like races. A slew of social forces seeks to separate us. Can we overcome them? Can the church be vibrant in its mission without vitality in belonging? At Praxis 2019 we’ll explore the hard work of love and life together in community.
In our fifth annual time together, we will plunge into the hands-on-work of Life Together in Community with particular emphasis on creating a missional-community, a tethered community, a multi-ethnic community, a peace-making community, and a healing community. We’ve gathered some of the best on-the-ground church planters and practitioners to furnish us with the possibilities for lighting a path ahead in our churches, in our neighborhoods, and in our world.
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 3 different Immersion trips into real-time neighborhoods in Philly, led by authentic practitioners. You will get the joy 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 forming community; 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.
We want to make Praxis easier for families. This year we are providing childcare at a small additional cost. Local child-workers, with background checks, will graciously care for kids 2 through 8 while you attend workshops.