Secular. Pagan. Godless. A lost cause for Christianity. Sounds like Cascadia, right? We respectfully disagree.
There are cultural challenges here, yes—but there are also powerful opportunities. Walking the streets of cities like Seattle, Vancouver BC, and Portland, we see more than barriers; we see openings for creative Christian service and witness.
Until now, Christians have not had a space for theological reflection on faith and life in Cascadia. We haven’t had a place to wrestle with past lessons, contemporary questions, and future possibilities. We do now.
Christ & Cascadia’s mission is to serve Christian leaders and communities serving in this unique cultural space. Our articles—written exclusively by local leaders in the academy, church, and culture—equip the church to better know and love this region. We publish two kinds of articles: Christian reflection and Christian action.
These articles reflect on a particular aspect of life in Cascadia. They examine cultural trends, artifacts, and issues that feature prominently in Cascadian life. We welcome submissions exploring Cascadian cities, politics, arts, technology, literature, religion, the environment, economics, and more.
Cascadia is filled with creative Christians—artists, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and pastors who are committed to the restoration and flourishing of the region. Action articles explore the imaginative and redemptive work of communities and leaders who call Cascadia home.
How You Can Help
We publish diverse voices on wide-ranging topics related to life in the Pacific Northwest. If you live in this region and have a passion for our mission, please consider contributing an article. Together we hope that these articles will help us fulfill our mission to better know and love the region to which we have been called. We invite you to join us!
Matthew grew up sailing in the Puget Sound and hiking in the Cascades. In addition to directing the institute, he teaches courses in theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. His Cascadian research interests focus on the region’s unique spiritual climate and the innovative ways in which Christian churches seek to engage that climate. Matthew holds doctoral degrees in Christian Ethics from Fuller and Systematic Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam.Matthew Kaemingk, PhD
David recently completed his MA in theology at Fuller Seminary Northwest in Seattle. Though he’s a native of the Midwest, he’s fallen in love with the culture and geography of Cascadia. His theological interests include philosophy of religion, analytic philosophy, and ethics. He lives in Everett, WA, with his wife and you can usually find him at a metal concert or the local brewpub.David Arinder, MAT
Shannon Sigler is an artist and theologian with a passion for understanding the personality of the Pacific Northwest through the lenses of aesthetics, design, and hospitality. She studied at Asbury Seminary and Boston University, and also serves as the Director of Cascadia Worship & Arts for Fuller Northwest.Shannon Sigler, MA, MS
Lauren is pursuing an MAT at Fuller Seminary Northwest. In 2005, she moved from New England to the Pacific Northwest. Lauren currently lives in Monroe, WA, and enjoys being so close to the mountains. She loves the Northwest’s natural beauty and competitive ultimate frisbee community. While she’ll always root for the Red Sox, she must admit that Seattle now feels like home. Lauren is thrilled to work for an organization that seeks to revitalize the church by better connecting it with Pacific Northwest culture.Lauren Pattie
David Warkentin has spent his whole life in the Vancouver area and is currently on faculty at Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford, BC), where he teaches in the area of theology and culture. David did an MA in Christianity and Culture at Regent College, researching the impact of individualism on religious communities. He lives in Abbotsford with his wife and two children where they are lay leaders in a multicultural church.David Warketin, MA