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 […]

10 September

The Diversity Difference

It is impossible to live in Berlin and not encounter diversity. When I step into the hall of my apartment building, I am confronted by the realities of the urban world. I hear the languages of my neighbors who have family backgrounds outside of Germany. When I walk out the front door onto the sidewalk, […]

8 September

Portraits in Berlin’s Religious Gallery

“It’s not that I am religious or believe in God or anything!” When my family and I arrived in this city this summer, we knew that more than 60 percent of Berliners identified as nonreligious, so it was no surprise to hear these words. The context of this statement, however, was surprising. We had been having a good […]

3 September

Top Five August Tweets

In case you’ve missed us on Twitter, here’s what’s been happening in the @Charrette Berlin Twittersphere. 1. An authentic Christian perspective: we do not come to the city to take; we come to the city to give. — Charrette | Berlin (@CharretteBerlin) August 19, 2014 2. Cities can be deceiving: we understand one part and think […]

1 July

A Call for [More] Collaboration

More than 180,000 people move from a rural area to a city every day. In the next four decades, one out of every two people will move from the countryside to the city. This global migration will generate challenges beyond our comprehension – challenges that will stretch us to collaborate with others well beyond our […]

17 June

Finding My Place in Berlin

Around the time I first arrived, my team leader challenged me to find a spot in the city that could serve as a reminder of why I was here and be a place of solace on tough days. I love color, so it seemed natural to choose something vivid. Something that could stand in contrast […]

3 June

Is My Heart a Living System?

In a recent presentation to our team, the speaker, Bianca, challenged my thinking. She asked us: How is a city different from a toaster? Admittedly, the city is clearly not a toaster. It is not a piece of machinery but an integrated system of many organic systems – including its people. Characteristics of a Living System […]

8 April

VLOG: Living Without Walls

John used to think that much of the Christian life happened inside the walls of the church. Since coming to Berlin, the recent college graduate has expanded his ideas of what it means to be a Christian.  And what this looks like may or may not surprise you.     How far would you travel […]

25 March

I Thought I Was Going to Help

I walk by two street people and their dog everyday on my way to buy Brötchen (buns) for breakfast. I dash into the store for the buns, a quart of milk, some sandwich meat and cheese, and then I scurry past them back to the comfort of our flat – safe and sound – to […]

8 March

Picturing Impossible, Possible

Does this look like a picture of a world-class, cosmopolitan city to you? Probably not. I shot this panorama from a local bridge where I like to run. It doesn’t reflect the modernity of Berlin like these photos of Berlin do, but, for me, it gives an unpolished glimpse of a city in progress. Berlin is a constantly […]