Love Where We Live: An Introduction

Rev. Cliff Warner

Dear Christ Church,

I am really excited about a new focus at Christ Church, which you’ll see represented in our e-news and website starting today. We’re calling it: “Love Where We Live!”
This place on earth is unlike any other. Which place? The one where you are right this second as you read these words. There are residents and workers around you, a rhythm and vibe, a history and a future that’s already in the works. Do we love where we live? I don’t mean our house or apartment; I mean do we act with genuine care for the people and places in our neighborhood?

Christ Church, let’s “Love Where We Live.” You and I have two neighborhoods, two places we call “ours”: an individual home neighborhood (our residence), and a collective home neighborhood (downtown Eastside). We are going to be spending the next year exploring and growing in what it means to love where we live, and love where we live.

Through e-news, we will have regular features on different aspects of our downtown Eastside home. We’ll learn about the people, the places, the history, the beauty (hidden and overt), and the future of our neighborhood. Let’s ask God to break our hearts with deep love, understanding, and gospel compassion for this place on earth!

We’re also adding a new page to our website to share with you resources and archive the Love Where We Live e-news. As we engage this theme “Love Where We Live,” you’ll find the discussions and calls to action falling into three categories—three ways we can love where we live.

Loving Our Neighbor
With themes such as . . . loving people to life, the art of neighboring, pointing people to Jesus, social justice, and community development.

Loving the World God Made
With themes such as . . . a biblical theology of creation, creation care, spirituality and place.

Loving What We Make of the World
With themes such as . . . culture making, the built environment/civil infrastructure, loving the city, knowing the history of ethos of our places.

“Through the Incarnation our experience is anchored firmly in the world of things and people and places. At the table we practice becoming a body that is both present and future, both visible and invisible.” —Len Hjalmarson

Peace, Cliff+