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Explore the anthropological, sociological and theological significance of seeing your city as a playground rather than a battleground

City As Playground Leadership Foundations

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Explore the anthropological, sociological and theological significance of seeing your city as a playground rather than a battleground

    Can You Imagine a Playground? - A Just City

    Can You Imagine a Playground? - A Just City

    Can you imagine a city that is just? A city where everyone - regardless of background, birth family, race, or creed - receives what they need to fully thrive as human beings...


    Justin Beene, President of the Leadership Foundation of Grand Rapids, Center for Community Transformation (GRCCT), joins us to explore the shape of God's justice in his city.  Dr. Beene describes how GRCCT is seeking to extend opportunity in a city ranked amongst the worst economically for African-Americans. 



    Statistic cited from Forbes Magazine, 2015. 

    Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation

    • 44 min
    Can You Imagine a Playground? - Courageous Leadership

    Can You Imagine a Playground? - Courageous Leadership

    At the center of transformation in our world's cities is leadership - women and men who deeply love their city and are committed to it becoming more like a playground.


    Join us as Melody Rodriguez and Alma Vargas from Proyecto Mole in Tacoma, Washington talk about developing young people as leaders who are equipped to love and transform their communities.

    • 55 min
    Can You Imagine A Playground?

    Can You Imagine A Playground?

    In this year-end series of 2021, we're returning to our roots, letting our imagination guide us as we explore more deeply the animating metaphor of Leadership Foundations: our world's cities as playgrounds.



    Join us as we hear from LF leaders from various cities as they imagine their own city as a playground, a place where vulnerable and marginalized people are able to fully flourish and thrive.


     


    Guests:


    Nahshon Nicks, First Coast Leadership Foundation

    Anthony Branch, Memphis Leadership Foundation

    Courtney Dugstad, Next Chapter Ministries, Leadership Foundation of Rochester, MN

    Carlos Huerta, Center for Community Transformation, Leadership Foundation of Fresno, CA


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    The Moral Imagination: the Art and Soul of Peacebuilding by John Paul Lederach

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Imagining Abundance: Conversation To Be Continued

    Imagining Abundance: Conversation To Be Continued

    Can you imagine God's economy of abundance even in places where resources appear so scarce? Can you see it?



    Join us as we wrap up this City as Playground podcast series, Imagining Abundance, recapping our conversations of seeing abundance throughout the Leadership Foundations network in Bloemfontein, South Africa; Fresno, California; and Philippi, West Virginia.

    • 1 hr
    Imagining Abundance in Phillipi, West Virginia

    Imagining Abundance in Phillipi, West Virginia

    The story of West Virginia is one often told only describing its entrenched poverty, widespread opioid use, and coal -dependent economy.


     


    Ruston Seaman, president of New Vision, Leadership Foundation of Phillipi, West Virginia tells us a different story.


     


    Join us as Ruston describes his community through the lens of God's abundance, seeing it filled with human ingenuity, resources, and built-in assets capable of providing hopeful futures for all its residents.

    • 53 min
    Imagining Abundance - Reimagining Fresno‘s Economy

    Imagining Abundance - Reimagining Fresno‘s Economy

    In Fresno, the Center for Community Transformation Leadership Foundation is reimagining the local economy of God's abundance.


    An economy where the city is full of practicing and prospective entrepreneurs starting and sustaining small businesses of every shape...


    A local economy nourished by a vision of God's economy - one where there is enough for everyone, particularly those most vulnerable and marginalized.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

JCutter24 ,

great podcast

Love listening to the hosts and guests apply theology to the incredible work on the ground in cities and the ability to see the city as a playground instead of battlegound.

in-the-city ,

Social and spiritual change

Love how cities Playground explores the spiritual and social landscape of urban world. Really good interviews really deep and thoughtful topics.

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