Ragan Sutterfield is a writer, farmer and cultural critic living in his native Arkansas. Along with two friends, Ragan runs an organic vegetable and chicken farm at a public school for troubled youth in Little Rock. He has written for a variety of magazines including Sojourners, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Spin and Paste. Ragan was a blogger for the late environmental magazine, Plenty and now blogs at: http://agnotebook.wordpress.com/
Taking Pop Culture Back to the People: The Church as a Catalyst of Local Culture
The effects of several centuries of individualism and several decades of globalization, have served to disconnect us from our neighbors and from the places in which we live. Brent Aldrich, Chris Smith and Ragan Sutterfield will make a case that churches, as communities of God’s people guided by the redemptive mission of God, are not only essential to the reclaiming of the identity of their specific places, but can also serve to nurture a distinctive local culture that is of the people (i.e., popular). Brent, Chris and Ragan will also share stories from our own adventures in embodying this vision of the Church – Ragan as a farmer, Brent as a visual artist and Chris as a community developer and urban naturalist.