15 March 2001

Visions for urban life in the coming decades

Four out of five of us live in towns and cities. Urban living can be fun and frustrating, exhilarating and exhausting, convenient and confining. Our towns and cities are changing around us, but whilst for some the prospects are bright, others face decline and an uncertain future.

The Government has pulled together its plans for towns and cities into an urban White Paper. This offers a vision for an 'Urban Renaissance', where people shape the future of their community, live in attractive well kept towns and cities which are environmentally sustainable, where they are all able to create and share in prosperity, and access good quality services.

'Working out Our Calling in Towns and Cities' is a newly published Methodist resource booklet for groups wanting to reflect on the future of the area in which they live. It consists of four sections which can be adapted to suit the group, the area or the time available:

  • Mapping your area - looking at where you live
  • What happens when policy hits reality?
  • Looking at the Bible's perspective on cities
  • Our Calling - what is the role of the church in towns and cities?

Note: A similar resource booklet on issues raised by the Rural White Paper will be available in May.

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