We often use the word “genius” to describe people, but in Roman culture “genius” described places.

  • In part 1, I introduce the concept of the Genius Loci and talk about why it matters for church and mission by exploring the writings of Thomas Moore, activist/theologian Ched Meyers' “Watershed Discipleship,” and the late Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah.”
  • In part 2, I continue to explore the concept of the Genius Loci and why it is so important for growing our understanding of who God is by looking at the work of Vincent Donovan, wondering about territorial spirits, and considering how our neighborhoods are icons.

Are you creating or leading a neighborhood expression of church?

  • Join the Thresholds Cohort: Chilliwack, a six-month learning community to support you with insight, direction, and support for the journey, facilitated by Ben Katt and Christiana Rice. Starts in April! More information available at thresholdscommunity.org/ChilliwackCohort
  • Sign up for the Inhabit Conference (April 28-29, Seattle) today and get the Super Early Bird Special.


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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” and “You Won't Walk Alone” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.

Production Assistance by Nate Tubbs.