Community Building

20 AUGUST 2016

To Improve Your Community Project, Ask “Why?”

  If you want to improve your community project, it’s important to pose questions.  Ask early and often. Ann Morisy, a lay theologian based in London, describes visiting a church-run thrift shop located in a mining community.   After asking a series of probing questions (especially, why), the leaders decided a mid-course correction would better […]

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How to Create Space for Returning Veterans  

How do we reach out to our returning soldiers? It may not be immediately apparent how many veterans live, work, raise families, study, worship or play in a given community. A first step toward discovery:  Gather them together. Several years ago, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts began to reach out to veterans through its […]

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Emergency Help: Moving From Handouts to Small Loans

A Richmond, Virginia pastor, whose church sits in the midst of an economically struggling neighborhood, often gets calls for emergency help.  He believes loans are better than cash assistance.   Says Rev. Rodney Hunter, “We still provide food or clothing when necessary.  But we’re concerned that it creates dependency. We want to help people help […]

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How a White Supremacist Changed His Mind

Despite the growing influence of white supremacy groups in the U.S., good theology still beats out bad. Good theology led Kerry Noble, co-founder of a Christian supremacist group, to renounce bigotry. Though it happened three decades ago, his story still speaks to the teaching role of socially responsible churches, synagogues and mosques in countering domestic […]

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