Theology & the Built Environment

Speaker(s): Eric Jacobsen
Date: May 15 - 19, 2006
Length: 9:06:41
Product ID: RGDL3613S

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How does the shape of the built environment both reflect and effect the cultural values of North America in the 21st century? This class will provide a framework for critiquing artifacts of material culture such as buildings, sidewalks, neighbourhoods, cities and civic art. In particular, it will focus on the problems associated with post-war suburban sprawl and explore the prospects of the New Urbanist movement as an alternative model for human thriving as well as for Christian mission and discipleship. This focus will help uncover some of the overlooked aspects of community formation as well as provide a forum for exploring relevant topics such as the value of beauty, justice and gentrification, privatization and the public realm, the role of citizenship and stewardship of the environment.

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Eric O. Jacobsen is Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma, Washington, USA. He is also a member of the Congress for New Urbanism, and a participant in the Colloquium on Theology and the Built Environment sponsored by St. Andrews University and the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship at Calvin College. He is author of The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment and Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith.

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