Praxis is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realized. Paulo Freire defines praxis in Pedagogy of the Oppressed as “reflection and action directed at the structures to be transformed.”
Over the years, I have participated in a variety of praxes that cultivate learning communities to affect social engagement and spiritual development. I operate within a conceptual framework where the process is often as important as the end result. Through these processes, I have engaged in a variety of social experiments, ranging from the development of an intentional community in Brooklyn, New York, to a photography project with those experiencing homelessness.
Currently, I am engaged in the development of praxis in three areas: 1) Instructional designer for transitional programs at the Bowery Mission; 2) Pastoral leader at the Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship, and 3); along with my partner, Vonetta, cofounder of Radical Living, an organization dedicated to addressing climate change on the hyper-local level through youth development.
Vonetta and I facilitate workshops, lead seminars, keynote events, and collaborate with others on projects. Here is a list of topics that we frequently speak on:
- Radical Spirituality (J)
- Sabbath as Transformative Practice (J&V)
- Urban Ministry through Practice and Proclamation (J)
- The Importance of Interfaith Experience (J)
- The Religious History of NYC (J)
- Intentional Community (J&V)
- Diversity that Makes a Difference (J&V)
- Ecotheology in an Urban Context (V&J)
- Ministry Among the “least of these” (J)
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