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You are invited to help influence urban history

Dear ISUM friends,

isumWe are in decisive times for the future of our new urban world. Not least are the decisions being made for the ‘New Urban Agenda’ that will be launched at the United Nations Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador (Oct 17-20, 2016) that aim to impact the world for the next, crucial 20 years.

We believe Christians have a lot to learn about urbanism at UN Habitat III, but we also have a lot to offer from our biblical perspective, experiences, expertise, concerns and values. The question is, however, will Christians show up at this decisive time or just sit on the sidelines watching?

ISUM-Micah Global and the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network have joined forces as Urban Shalom Project to help the Christian community engage with urban challenges and to especially be involved in the global dialogue on urbanism being convened by the United Nations at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.

Here is your opportunity to be part of history.  You are invited to Quito, Ecuador for our special pre-UNHIII Summit: The Gospel and the Future of Cities (Oct. 15-16) and then to be a Christian witness from our UN Habitat III Basecamp to attend Habitat III (Oct 17-20) where our goals are to be a thoughtful Christian presence in the dialogue, to pray for the participants attending and therefore try to influence the outcomes of the UNHIII Conference.

We also hope to launch a Micah Publication at the Summit: ‘Urban Shalom and the Cities we Need’. 

Please book below for this historic gathering ASAP. We do have a few spots available for people to present ideas and case studies in the Summit, but programming is being finalised soon.


Dr Ash Barker,
Micah Global’s International Society for Urban Mission

Dr. Chris Elisara—Director, World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Task Force.
Co-Conveners of Urban Shalom Project

To book see links below:

>  ‘Gospel and the Future of Cities’ Summit and accommodation for UNH3 basecamp booking page is here.

> To go to UNH3 you must also book here as a UNH3 participant.

To keep up to date with news see links below:
> Urban Shalom Project Facebook Page
> ISUM Facebook Page


In the New Urban World Journal

July 2017 – New Urban World Journal

After a short hiatus NUWJ is back for 2017. In this edition we welcome new editor Andre Van Eymeren and feature Christian responses to the New Urban Agenda, which is setting the tone for the development of cities over the next 20 years. Andreana Reale writes about how cities can be affordable, accessible and equitable. Dr Maria Pompea shares from her experience in the art world the importance of combining faith, art and beauty towards the restorative good. As a feature column we also have a Christian response to the Trump administration by Dr Tony Campolo. The current edition is available through ISUM Publications. Click here to read.

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Book Review: Beyond the Beautiful Forever

Annawadi enjoys a precarious existence at the edge of the Mumbai International Airport.  A slum of around 3,000 people with very little to differentiate it from the vast array of slums around Mumbai, it has gained a level of international attention on the release of Katherine Boo’s book “Beyond the Beautiful Forever”.  The book follows the life of Annawadi over a 4 year period and while it reads like a novel, the characters and their lives are very much real, captured by Katherine who visited the area daily for long periods between 2007 and 2011.

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