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UPDATE:  ZipCode Calling has a new name.  It is now called Project for Placemaking.


God designed us to dwell in community, to live out an embodied existence with our neighbors. This means we are real people living in a real physical place. The built environment – the way city sidewalks, streets, parks, and neighborhoods are designed and inhabited – contributes to the quality of our community life, for good or for bad. While Christian pastors and leaders are well equipped for tending to the spiritual and emotional health of the community, there is oftentimes a gap in their toolkit for understanding how they can nurture community wellbeing through the design of the built environment. Because of this, many Christian pastors and leaders miss out on the joy and privilege of participating in the planning, design, and building of livable neighborhoods, downtowns, or cities that help nourish individuals and communities for generations.

This one-day workshop in Buffalo is an opportunity for Christian pastors and leaders to gain some tools for understanding the built environment and the unique ways the church can answer her call to love her neighbors by stewarding the built environment. Participants will join the annual Congress for the New Urbanism (which will be Buffalo for the enitre week) for the morning session to learn about principles of good design and great placemaking that encourage community interaction, and social and physical wellbeing. In the afternoon we’ll do a walking tour that will end up at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Buffalo for our final session.  In addition to the learning, this workshop will also be an opportunity to meet and talk with other leaders and pastors about how these ideas might be fleshed out in local congregations and communities. We hope you’ll join us in the conversation!

“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7


June 4, 2014

Start Time: 8:30 AM

End TIme: 4:30 PM


We will start at the Buffalo Convention Center room 106 AD.

After lunch we’ll do a walking tour to 1st Presbyterian Church,  One Symphony Circle Buffalo, New York  14201


8:30 AM: Introduction (Buffalo Convention Center room 106 AD).

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  New Urbanism 101 (Buffalo Convention Center room 106 AD).

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch & discussion groups (venue TBA)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM:  Walking Tour to 1st Presbyterian Church,  One Symphony Circle
Buffalo, New York  14201

3:00 PM –  4:40 PM:  Talk by Milton Friesen – Program Director, Cardus’ Social Cities Project and Q & A (1st Presbyterian Church,  One Symphony Circle Buffalo, New York  14201)

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Milton Friesen leads Cardus’ Social Cities project, an endeavor discerning the nature of human thriving amid the complexity and diversity of our urban experiences. As an elected municipal councilor for three years, and a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Planning, University of Waterloo, Milton is both a practitioner and student of urban life.  He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with his wife, Michelle, and has four children.


Free (bring a brown bag lunch, or buy lunch at our lunch venue TBA)

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Eventbrite - ZipCode Calling-Buffalo: A Gathering of Christians Engaging the Built Environment


Contact local host committee members:

Mark Cerbone: [email protected] / 716 883 2799

John Lee: [email protected] / 716 860 5965

Charles Massey: [email protected] / 716 479 8935