These online resource offer insight into developing healthy characteristics, building capacity for community development, and inspiration.
“Beyond Hospitality to Inclusion”
by David Brubaker (link to article)
“Kite Strings and Clotheslines: Learning to Value Difference”
by William M. Kondrath (link to article)
“Hospitality to the Stranger”
by Thomas G. Long (link to article)
“Ecumenical Shared Ministry”
by David Ray (link to article)
Helpful Organization Websites
This website connects to the work of Peter Block and John McKnight in the book, The Abundant Community (link to amazon). Their focus on neighborhoods and community gives insight into the ways to work with current groups and structures to affect change.
“Gamaliel is a grassroots network of non-partisan, faith-based organizations in 18 U.S. states, South Africa and the United Kingdom, that organizes to empower ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives. Gamaliel’s diverse members apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.Gamaliel provides leadership training, helps build community organizations, and leads local and national social justice campaigns. Gamaliel is the only national community organizing network that marries broad-based grassroots organizing campaigns with state-of-the-art regional opportunity research and policy development.” (reposted from website)
CCDA’s Mission: To inspire, train, and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.