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Larry Coulter

The Church in the City, with Larry Coulter

Larry Coulter shares about how churches and local organizations can come together to lovingly serve their cities, and how this essential collaborative work can be forged across differences.

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A Place to Go for Something to Do

At the Wooten Center in South Los Angeles, Naomi McSwain uses education to help young people thrive

Richard Flory

Richard Flory on the Cultural Ecology of Los Angeles

In his lecture “City of Dreams: Los Angeles as a Cradle for Religious Activism, Innovation, and Diversity,” Richard Flory, senior director of research and evaluation at USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, introduces the unique culture of Los Angeles and considers the dynamics between culture and place.

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Response | Alexia Salvatierra on Immigration Reform and Integral Mission

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In response to Richard Flory’s lecture “City of Dreams,” Alexia Salvatierra, assistant professor of integral mission and global transformation, talks about what we can learn from LA’s recent history of immigration reform.

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Q&A | Richard Flory and Alexia Salvatierra

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Richard Flory and Alexia Salvatierra discuss LA’s history of immigration, religion, and culture in a Q&A moderated by Kirsteen Kim.

Jason Sexton

Jason Sexton on California, Borders, and Belonging

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In his lecture “Borders: Citizenship in California,” Jason Sexton, visiting research scholar at the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, surveys California’s—and LA’s—history of shifting borders and invasive violence, and asks what belonging and citizenship mean in such a place.

Darren Dochuk

Darren Dochuk on LA’s Protestant Migrations and Religious Transformation

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In response to Darren Dochuk’s lecture “Errands in the Wilderness,” Robert Chao Romero, associate professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA, explores the history of Latino protestant communities in Los Angeles and the churches, institutions, and theologies that arose from them.

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Response | Robert Chao Romero on Latino Protestants in LA

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In response to Darren Dochuk’s lecture “Errands in the Wilderness,” Robert Chao Romero, associate professor of Chicana/o and Central American studies at UCLA, explores the history of Latino protestant communities in Los Angeles and the churches, institutions, and theologies that arose from them.

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Panel | Migration, Transnationalism, and Faith in Missiological Perspective

Richard Flory, Alexia Salvatierra, Juan Martínez, Gioacchino Campese, Zayn Kassam, Jason Sexton, Darren Dochuk, Rebecca Y. Kim, and Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. discuss migration and missiology, with a focus on Los Angeles, in this panel discussion moderated by Kirsteen Kim.

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Migration in Missiological Perspective

At Fuller’s 2020 Missiology Lectures, scholars took a deep dive into Los Angeles’s unique history and culture to explore wider issues of migration, transnationalism, and interfaith engagement through a missiological perspective.

Kerry Morrison

Kerry Morrison on Homelessness and Mental Health

Kerry Morrison, program director for Heart Forward LA, shares about her work on mental health with the homeless communities in LA and for her innovative and experimental approaches to taking on the broken systems.

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Place

Jude Tiersma Watson, associate professor of urban mission, introduces this issue’s theme of place—the importance in attending to it and engaging with it.

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Jeremiah 29: A Biblical Framework for Place

Mary Glenn considers Jeremiah 29 as a framework for thinking about place.

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Being Formed as We Journey from Place to Place

Jude Tiersma Watson, associate professor of urban mission, shares her own story of migration and describes how we are formed both by place and by the journey between places.

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Ain’t I Beautiful

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A Place to Go for Something to Do

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In Transit

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This Is What It Means to Wash Someone’s Feet

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Thriving in Urban Ministry: Exploring the Role of Pain and Hope in the Journey of Faith

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More Than a Bible Club

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