19 May

They Said It

  You didn’t hear it from us!    “Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin!” (Jack Lang, French former culture minister, talking about how fast Berlin is changing, 2001)   “Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.” (“Berlin is poor, but sexy.”) (Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor, in a television interview, 2004)   “Berlin combines the culture of […]

7 April

Operation Urban

Operation World is the go-to resource for those with a heart to see the gospel take root around the world. Written by Patrick Johnstone, it is an informative and insightful guide that has mobilized prayer and inspired generations of cross-cultural workers to help fulfill the Great Commission. In March, Johnstone released a new book, along […]

2 March

More than a Haircut

  Back in December I got my first haircut in Berlin. This made it around four months since my last haircut, and for me that is quite a while to wait. I had put it off for a number of reasons: being intimidated to speak German with the barber, not knowing what kind of barbershop […]

15 January

Look Around

We want to connect you with resources reflecting current thinking on the urban world. This article by Jeff Fontain from Lausanne Global Analysis (Nov. 2014, Volume 3 / Issue 6) focuses on Europe but also reflects some of the Charrette postures that we believe are necessary to see transformation in cities around the world, such as: diverse […]

24 December

Celebrating the Light

“What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” John 1:5 from the Message Celebrating the Light we have in Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas from Berlin!    

18 December

(Almost) Anything Goes in Berlin

“Anything goes in Berlin.” This expression comes to life in the ways people dress, interact, live, work and play in the city. Yet those of us who live in Berlin know there are still exceptions. “Anything goes in Berlin, but we wait at the crosswalk for the light to change before crossing the street.” Watch […]

7 October

The Dynamics of Change

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Cities are dynamic places. The cities of the world capture the essence of humanity – moving, changing, becoming more and more diverse. Berlin’s inhabitants represent more than 190 nationalities and even more ideologies. Subcultures emerge within the culture and subcultures within subcultures. In some way, there is a place for everyone. Everyone belongs. People find themselves […]