Ever since the Great Recession, low income people in record numbers have been deprived of their assets and displaced from their homes—from land meant to be used in a way so that all can have access to decent shelter. This is a form of systemic violence that violates the principles of Jubilee justice found throughout the Bible, from Leviticus to the Book of Acts. As Christians, we are called to take action to assist not only the refugees from war and violence but also those displaced in gentrified cities, where rents are soaring.
There are signs of hope. Jubilee—land redistribution—is happening in small and quiet ways though affordable housing by taking land off the speculative market. The good news is that some churches have heeded this call and are making a difference.
This summer Denver Seminary will be offering a ground-breaking course on housing justice. Register for this theologically ground breaking two-week course this summer at Denver Seminary, June 22- July 2nd. This course offers a theological and practical understanding of how housing justice is part of God’s mission. It provides a comprehensive look at ways to house our communities in light of biblical land use laws, and the just and fair distribution of land and housing. We will examine case studies of how churches and Gospel-driven visionaries are addressing the housing crisis, creating affordable housing, and thereby transforming people and communities. We will explore models of adaptive reuse of prisons, hospitals; cooperative housing, cohousing, community land trusts and more. Interactive assignments and site visits will provide students with first-hand experiences to engage with affordable housing developers and best practice models.
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