About

OUR MISSION

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.

Cascadian Reflection

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.

Cascadian Action

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!

EDITORIAL STAFF

Shannon Sigler is a theologian and artist with a passion for understanding the personality of the Pacific Northwest through the lenses of aesthetics, design, and experiential theology. Her academic interests include theological aesthetics with a Wesleyan lens and explorations in feminist theologies. She studied at Asbury Seminary and Boston University.

Shannon Sigler, MA, MS

Executive Director, Brehm Cascadia

Lauren received her Master of Arts in Theology degree from Fuller Northwest in 2017 and is delighted to continue being a part of the Fuller community as Office Coordinator. She loves to stay active by exploring the Northwest’s natural beauty and participating in Seattle’s ultimate frisbee scene. Lauren seeks to communicate the joy and hope of life in Christ through writing, storytelling, and other creative pursuits. 

Lauren Pattie, MA

Managing Editor, Christ & Cascadia

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

Vancouver Regional Editor, Christ & Cascadia