I was at the new suburbia conference this past week. I’m not sure how true the conference was of its title, it was mostly about Christian community development in an urban setting, gentrification of city slums, and indigenous leadership empowerment.
There was some good material in there. However, I felt some of us gathered had been experiencing some type of suburban inferiority complex. I know the urban setting is where the needs are often greatest, not to mention hip, cool, and trendy, but suburbia has it’s place too.
What if we took global urbanization seriously, and those of us in the suburbs saw our communities as future urban centers of the world? What if the church began investing and building infrastructure into the suburbs and were on the leading edge of every urban tipping point?
* Photo by Ann Douglas