Since March 2022, city2science has been supporting the Herford Herringhausen Protestant Parish in a participation process. The goal of the “innovation project” is the role of church in the respective neighborhood.
How are the people doing in the neighborhood? Who are they and what expectations do they have of their neighborhood – and thus also of their church? What do the residents of Herringhausen want after the experience of the pandemic? What ideas do they have for the development of a (new) community? What role can the church play in a neighborhood like Herringhausen? As a place, as a spiritual center, as an open meeting place? Could the church become a so-called “third place” – an open meeting center in urban neighborhood Herringhausen? What services could the church develop that could benefit the people in the neighborhood?
These questions will be the focus of the creative participation process of the Herringhausen church community. Within the process, a “relationship building” between different people in the Herringhausen neighborhood will be initiated. Different opinions, experiences and expectations will have their say, both from groups close to the church and from groups that tend to be distant from the church. In addition, multipliers from local politics, administration and society as well as elementary schools and kindergartens, the Herringhausen-Eickum sports club, companies, service providers and retailers in the district will be involved.
In addition to smaller discussion groups, there will also be larger participatory events: on August 21, 2022, a large interactive summer festival is planned that invites people from the district to get to know their neighbors (anew) and to develop ideas together for the future of the district.