Dr. David Leong is the author of the forthcoming book Race and Place: How Urban Geography Shapes the Journey to Reconciliation. He is Associate Professor of Missiology at Seattle Pacific University where his teaching and research focuses on the theological meaning of the city in an increasingly globalized and urbanized world. He lives in Seattle's Rainier Valley with his wife and two sons where they are a part of Rainier Avenue Church. In this episode of the RePlacing Church Podcast, he joins me to discuss:


  • What gentrification is and why it’s a “hot topic” right now (6:50) 
  • What a gentrifying business looks like (11:10)
  • The church and its impact on gentrification (14:30)
  • Why good intentions are not enough when it comes to church planting (16:46)
  • How to avoid displacing people on the margins who to displace instead (20:30)
  • How community organizing can create social capital that slows developers (20:50)
  • Gentrification in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood (23:30)
  • Why we have to talk about race when we talk about place (27:39)
  • One way for white churches to begin to break through residential segregation (32:30)
  • How Jesus’ ministry was rooted in a place (36:06)

*Originally posted at theV3movement.org

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Episode Song Credits: “Another Wrong to Right” by Mercir. “Closed” by Zadok Wartes. Used with Permission.