Urban exegesis, a theological reading of the city, can be an insightful and effective lens for observing and interpreting any urban community. After considering some foundational elements of the Rainier Valley’s physical context, an examination of significant urban “cultural texts” in the community will explore cultural and theological meaning in the built environment of the neighborhood. This approach to observing and interpreting an urban community is essential not only for prospective church planters, but also for anyone who is seeking to embody an incarnational presence in the city.
David Leong is Assistant Professor of Missional Theology at Seattle Pacific University where he oversees the Global and Urban Ministry minor in the School of Theology. David and his wife Chris have a son named Jonas and they live in community in the Rainier Valley.