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, Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture

Mitch graduated from Wheaton College in the spring of 2014 and is now pursuing his M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary Northwest in Seattle. He recently moved here from Houston, TX where he actively engaged youth ministry. Mitch enjoys reading and writing about the intersection of theology and culture, and loves to travel and explore the great outdoors. He lives locally with his wife Karlin in Kent, WA.

Mitch Foor

Managing Editor, Christ & Cascadia

In 2005, Lauren moved from New England to the Pacific Northwest. She 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 completed her MAT at Fuller Seminary Northwest in 2017. 

Lauren Pattie, MA

Contributing 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