There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the incarnation.                          MADELEINE L’ENGLE 


8 months to give birth to a vision for cities :

8 months to become rooted in God

8 months to become rooted in yourself

8 months to become rooted in
the city


Every year from October 1 to May 31

INTRODUCTION

The Urban Cultures Project, in search of the sacred in the midst of the secular, is a 9 1/2- month training program created for university students and young professionals in Montreal wanting to experience intentional community and to learn about how to live, interpret and express Christian faith and spirituality in the context of our secular, urban and postchristian society. These represent the two principle components of the Urban Cultures Project: a small community of Christians living together in the heart of the Plateau Mont-Royal and a once-weekly teaching and prayer evening.

Community life, shared by a group of people each following their own commitments in the city, whether study or work, is a great place to learn how to live out the essence of Christian love and how to tangibly become the body of Christ. In all, 6 or 7 participants and staff will share two floors in a beautiful appartment a short walk from the Mont-Royal Metro Station. As a community, we will gather one evening a week for prayer and for teaching on subjects such as:

the humanity of the Imago Dei
incarnation as a model for mission
urban missiology
participatory citizenship and social engagement
serving God in the spheres of society
social justice
challenges to faith and spiritualityethical questions facing the Church today
ecology, Creation and redemption
the common good
urban architecture, urban ruins and building the Kingdom of God
volunteerism
living and dwelling in the fulness of Christ
etc.
 
Throughout the program, five weekend activities will also be added to the training evenings:

Cache Cache/Hide and Seek: Exercises in urban observation to find out where God hides in the city.
The Night of the Incarnation
The Thin Place Urban Meditative Retreat
Exegeting the City
Study of an urban community group (ethnic, religious or subculture)
 
We’ve limited to five these extra activities, realizing that for students, weekends are sometimes dedicated to study or part-time work. None of these actities take up the whole weekend so we’ll make decisions together as to the best possible times for these.

All will be asked to read at least two books during the program. For those who have the time, further resources will also be available.
 
The Urban Cultures Project will cost participants approximately $500 a month from September to June 2017. This amount covers rent, internet and the training program.
 
Should you wish to apply to the Urban Cultures Project, please send an e-mail to info@jemmontreal.ca. We’ll then send you the application form.

The Urban Cultures Project Team

Pierre LeBel
Clémence Badie
Jakin Yang
  
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