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The Park Bench and the Parish: Serving Your Neighborhood Through the Built Environment

March 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

Presenter: Sara Joy Proppe

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What if one of your greatest mission fields as a church literally encompasses the physical sidewalks right outside the front door of your building? What if your church parking lot presents a tangible opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus in your neighborhood?

Your physical place in the neighborhood matters and your property has the power to be a life-giving presence to all who encounter it, even those simply walking by on a weekday afternoon. This session will consider how our engagement with the built environment is a fundamental component of God’s biblical directive to seek the welfare of the city and explore creative ways this can take physical shape as churches foster redemption in the built environment for the flourishing of the local neighborhood.



(A Zoom video conferencing link will be provided in your confirmation email.)


About the speaker: Sara Joy Proppe is the founder and director of Proximity Project, an initiative centered on educating and activating churches to be thoughtful stewards of their properties within the context of their neighborhoods. Through Proximity Project, she provides consulting services and resources that spark creative ways for churches to embody their mission with their property for the flourishing of the local neighborhood, whether it be through implementing small-scale placemaking installations or pursuing real estate development projects.

Her professional expertise includes over 10 years of urban planning, placemaking, and commercial real estate
development. Sara Joy writes and speaks on national platforms about the intersections of theology, urban design, and placemaking. She teaches a Small Developers Training Workshop for the city of Minneapolis, serves in leadership for Urban Land Institute Minnesota, and sits on the board for the Congress for New Urbanism-Members Christian Caucus.

In her free time, she is a committed member of her neighborhood community garden and an avid bicyclist and cook.


March 20
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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