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October 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
Guest Speaker from Urban Mosaic
Join Rev. Jean-Luc Krieg, founder and executive director of Urban Mosaic, our mission partner in Mexico City for more than a decade, for a timely conversation.
On Sunday, October 14, Rev. Krieg will preach during our 11:00 a.m. service of worship, and later will speak during dinner in the Parish Hall at 6:00 p.m. on the topic, “Why Cities? From Fear-based Interventions to Sustainable Solutions.”
Please contact the church office to let us know you plan to attend the dinner, or RSVP in the Sharp Atrium. A freewill offering will be received to offset the cost of the dinner.
Why Cities? From Fear-based Interventions to Sustainable Solutions
In the current polarized political climate, it is common to hear people from different sides of the political spectrum propose quick-fix solutions to deep and complex issues. Unfortunately, these solutions will not produce long-lasting change. International migration has become one such hot-button issue, where fear-based versus evidence-based interventions have become the rallying cry for millions. Yet, there is a much deeper story behind many of the current challenges that most of the proposed solutions will not solve. For example, the growing urbanization of conflict and violence that has led to impressive migration streams in the past few years will not be solved by some of the superficial and simplistic solutions that are being touted. In fact, a number of them will create more problems in ten or twenty years, because they do not address root causes and therefore will not result in sustainable change. But what, then, shall we do?
Jean-Luc Krieg, founder and executive director of Urban Mosaic, an organization working for transformational change in urban poor communities in Mexico and Colombia, focuses on the importance of working for sustainable change in cities, in order to address the challenge of rapid urbanization and increasing violence that affect us all. While it would be easy to lose hope or settle for simplistic-but-counterproductive solutions in the long-term, his stories and principles for engagement show that real, measurable and sustainable change that impacts the lives of tens of thousands of people is possible, even in the most uncertain and complex of circumstances.