“The way we move largely determines the way we live.” (Speck, Walkable City, 55)
That quote stopped me in my tracks. I circled it, added a bunch of stars around the quote, dog-eared the page … and then double-dog-eared the page. It was a Eureka! moment for me and continued to confirm different ideas and concepts that I’ve been wrestling with over the last few years. Transportation and walkability (and bikeability) are truly important topics for me and this quote nailed it on the head.
But the connection we fail to make is in relation to church life. Think about the quote … the way we move (car, foot, bike, bus, light rail, etc) determines the way we live. Most often lives are frantic, scattered, and out of sorts and statistically one of the reasonings behind that, believe it or not, revolves around commuting. “In his book Bowling Alone, Harvard professor Robert Putnam documents a marked decline in American social capital, and notes that commute time is more predictive than almost any other variable he measured in determining civic engagement.” (Ibid., 49) So why are most of our churches and their growth…Continue Reading