Recommended Reading:

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Becoming Church: A Trail Guide for Starting Fresh Expressions  by Luke Edwards is a guide book for starting new forms of church that connect with post-Christian people. It includes theological reflection, practical steps, and  real-life stories.  It all begins with listening.


The Listening Life: Embracing Attentiveness in a World of Distraction by Adam McHugh offers a comprehensive theological overview of listening. He argues that despite our current ineptitudes, we were created to listen.


You're Not Listening: What You're Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy brings together her experience as a New York Times reporter and the expertise of people she has connected with over the years to take a captivating deep dive into listening.


The Art of Listening: 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday  by Rob Walker is a workout routine for anyone who wants to be more attentive to their surroundings. Its pages are full of insights and activities that will help you open your awareness.

Essential Links:


Silence and the Presence of Everything, an interview from On Being . In this podcast, Krista Tippett talks with Gordon Hempton who is an acoustic ecologist and silence advocate. It's a fascinating episode that will encourage you to listen to your surrounding with an increased depth.  


Exegeting a Neighborhood within the City by JR Woodward. In this blog post, Woodward offers a comprehensive set of questions to ask of your community to discern the nature of your neighborhood.

Reading a Landscape by William Cronon.  In this free guide, Cronon and his environmental studies students have developed helpful tips for studying a geographic area like an environmental historian. Give it a try today!