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About "Building Utopia?"
The new urban areas are reshaping much of Britain. Those who live, work or minister within them are not only at the cutting edge of new forms of built environment, they must also discover new ways of being community and contemplate new expressions of Church. All this demands careful and bold analysis and creative theological reflection. While powerful global economic forces are changing our landscapes, human beings have to wrestle with themes of belonging and identity. The gospel engages with these human narratives, driving and shaping a Christian search for alternative perspectives and practices. What are the appropriate building projects, mission programmes and lifestyles that will be effective in meeting the challenges of these urban settlements? How should other areas respond?The writers of this book have worked together as a group, mapping the new situation, analysing their findings and drawing out those themes which demand attention - making it possible to reflect theologically about the challenges of our newly built urban developments.
Meet the Authors
Laurie Green is bishop of Bradwell, in the diocese of Chelmsford in the southeast of England. He has spent fifty years living and working in deprived inner-city areas in the UK and US. He is former principal of the Aston Training Scheme, and has published Power to the Powerless; Let's do Theology and Building Utopia?: Seeking the Authentic Church for the New Communities.
Christopher Baker (Ed)
Christopher R. Baker (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is Director of Research for the William Temple Foundation and Part-time Lecturer in Urban Theology at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of The Hybrid Church in the City - Third Space Thinking and the editor of Building Utopia?: Seeking the Authentic Church for New Communities.