Growing up in the Greater Vancouver area, I’ve always had an interest in the intersection between faith and culture. As I’ve engaged urban culture, from walking the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, to meeting personally with mayors, to observing the creativity of urban artisans, I’m convinced that faith, hope and love reflect God’s heart for cities as he sends us into the world (1 Cor. 13:13; Jn. 20:21). It’s with great anticipation, then, that beginning May 1 I step into the role of Praxis Director at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC.
“Praxis” literally means ideas and beliefs which are enacted, practiced, and embodied in our everyday lives. For Christians, our “praxis” is the reality that the good news of Jesus is relevant in every situation, in every place, and for every person. At CBC, Praxis is a new one-year discipleship program that gives students an experience of the faith, community, and culture in the city.
Cities often represent conflicting realities: hope and despair; poverty and wealth; creativity and uniformity; freedom and judgment; equality and inequality. Amidst such tensions, Christians can feel like “resident aliens” in urban culture (1 Pt. 2:9-12) as we wrestle with how to live in the world but not of the world. The Praxis program will lead students in addressing these urban realities through a dynamic experience of cultural engagement, Christian community, and urban mission both in the classroom and through practical experience. Partnering with churches and ministries in places like Vancouver and New York City, students will have a variety of experiences in the areas of social justice and urban ministry, living out the missional implications of Jesus’ gospel in their own lives.
I can’t wait to partner with students in living out the gospel in the city!
For more information on the program, go to the Praxis homepage.