Forming a Living Local Culture: 10 Characteristics

The Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC, held a conference on Jan. 26, 2018 entitled, Reimagining Religion: New Stories, New Communities. (Several of the free videos from the conference can be found in the previous link) The conference was hosted at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism by the Knight Program for Media and Religion, along with Religion Communicators Council, Religion News Association, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Claremont School of Theology and First United Methodist Church of Los Angeles.

The presentation (below) is given by Richard Flory, the senior director of research and evaluation at the USCCenter for Religion and Civic Culture. He is a sociologist whose research focuses on religious and cultural change, religion and urban life, and the religious and spiritual lives of youth and young adults.

Forming a ‘Living Local’ Culture:

Ricahrd Flory articulates “new shoots of life” from their three-year USC research project in LA, and Seoul, South Korea. What they are identifying is similar to the characteristics of what Living Local congregations can begin to develop as they move through the process for discovering and joining God among neighbors, and communities.  We hear, from this sociological perspective, how faith communities are reimagining their life together. Their discoveries named 10 characteristics of these renewing communities: (1) Bounded, (2) Authentic, (3) Embedded, (4) Pollinating, (5) Embodied, (6) Activated, (7) Empathetic, (8) Networked, (9) Enfranchised, and (10) Adaptive. See the video to better unpack their findings.

Keep imagining.

Peace on your journey!

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