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Urban Shalom Society - US

http://urbanshalomsociety.org

The Urban Shalom Society is dedicated to helping the Christian community engage with urban issues, and especially to be agents of God’s shalom though active participation in the global thrust to design and create, and in some care recreate, cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are conducive to human thriving and care of God’s creation.

We are living in an era of rapid global urbanization. According to the United Nations, over the next twenty years the world’s population living in urban environments will grow from approximately 50% to 75%.  As this demographic shift occurs it has become increasingly clear that Christianity, which has a longstanding theological concern, in-depth involvement, and comprehensive understanding of urban contexts, needs to broaden and deepen its understanding of modern urban trends and redouble its engagement with how cities are developed so it can contribute to meeting the challenges of our global urban future as instruments of God’s common grace, and bearers of the Gospel.

A growing global conversation is focusing on cities, as evidenced in 2016 when 45,000 people from all over the world convened in Quito, Ecuador at the United Nation’s Habitat III conference to ratify and put in place strategies to implement an agenda for how to develop sustainable, inclusive, safe, healthy, productive, and thriving cities over the next 20-30 years. This New Urban Agenda (NUA), which is setting the tone for the development of cities all over the world, provides people of faith a unique opportunity to be part of, and contribute to, the conversation. Simply put, that is the mission of this project–to be agents of God’s shalom through active participation in the global thrust to design and create--and in some care recreate-cities, towns, and neighborhoods that are conducive to human thriving and care of God’s creation.

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