Subversive Localism

Mark Van Stenwyk
Our good friends over at Parish Collective have posted another great interview, this time with the Mennonite Worker’s (formerly Missio Dei), Mark Van Stenwyk.

What do you think about Mark’s radical localism?

Do you resonate at all with Mark’s comment, “Problems in our world don’t primarily stem from a lack of action…underneath it all is a lack of imagination…”?

The Radical Political Posture of Mark Van Stenwyk from Parish Collective on Vimeo.



Parish Collective connects and resources the people of faith in particular neighborhoods to be the church together in the place they live. Our grassroots-level work weaves together neighborhood churches, missional communities, and any group of Christ-followers desiring renewal in their parish. The members of these groups (which we call Parish Initiatives) develop postures and practices for becoming present in their neighborhood and participating in what the Spirit is up to there. This means discerning, supporting, and collaborating together on projects that contribute to neighborhood reconciliation and parish renewal (Renewal Projects).

The Mennonite Worker is an urban intentional community committed to following Jesus’ way of hospitality, simplicity, prayer, peacemaking, and resistance