Theopolis: A Heart for the City

One of the projects I run is a website called Theopolis, a venue for New College students to reflect on the needs for Christian service and ministry here in the city of Edinburgh and more widely in our society, and to discuss how to work to meet those needs.  This semester, we started running a monthly meeting called “Theopolites,” where we actually carry on this discussion in person, instead of the virtual dialogue of cyberspace; the fruits of this reflection then make it onto the website in the following weeks.

The first round of reflections from this new format, “A Heart for the City,” is now being posted, and I encourage you all to check it out and follow our progress here; our focus is specifically on Edinburgh, but many of the needs we’ll be discussing are common to any major city in the modern West, so hopefully others can profit from it and join in the discussion as well.

Traveling and Theopolis

I’ll be traveling and visiting family for the next two and a half weeks, so expect the posting here to be somewhat more sporadic than usual.  Stay tuned, though–not too long after I get back, Peter Escalante and I hope to resume the “Neo-Anabaptism” and natural law discussion for another round of iron sharpening iron–so expect to see some sparks fly!  Also, I expect to be hosting some great guest contributions here over the next couple weeks, which should pick up some of the slack while I’m traveling.

Meanwhile, bop on over to Theopolis to check out a new round of articles we have up–one from Byron Smith on the UK budget cuts, one from Jeremy Kidwell on how we should understand a carpenter’s Great Commission, and a slightly-revised version of the second half of the “Primer on Christian Citizenship” I posted here awhile ago.  There should be a couple more articles coming in too, but as I’m only the editor, and therefore neither omniscient, omnipresent, nor omnipotent, I can’t say just what has become of them.

Announcing Theopolis

At long last, Theopolis, the web-zine of practical ecclesiology that I’ve been asked to start up and edit for the New College Missionary Society, is up and running!  Please check out our snazzy spanking-new website.

From our mission statement:

Theopolis exists to challenge students to develop a theology of the city, a blueprint for the City of God–the Church–at work here in our own city of Edinburgh, and around the world.  Theopolis aims to focus our critical attention on the messy and jumbled intersection between the City of God, of which we are citizens, and the cities of this world, of which we are inhabitants–to think, in short, about our calling to practical ecclesiology.

Theopolis will feature three monthly segments–Praxis in Action, The Hard Questions, and Blueprints for Action–and two bi-monthly segments–The Word on the Street and Hot off the Press–by undergraduate and postgraduate students of New College.  These will include reflections on current issues facing our city and country, discussions of ministry needs in our community and how we might respond to them, reflections on broader ethical challenges that face the Church and Christian students today, and more.

Please check in frequently and join in the discussion.  I’ll be setting up a Facebook page soon, and if you join that, you can be notified whenever we put up a new set of articles.