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Topic: Thriving Communities

July 9, 2013

Forming communities where people feel they belong

A Wendell Berry short story explores the strong and abiding sense of membership in the community of Port William. It comes from a shared history, economic relationships and a tradition of caring for each other physically.

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August 1, 2012

Katie Boone: Isolation, mental illness and a thriving community

How a thriving community of faith lives gently with those suffering with mental illness.

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March 11, 2013

Positive deviance and thriving communities

Why should you pay attention to the outliers in your organization who are thriving despite few resources? The story of a Vietnamese village shows why paying attention to positive deviants can create lasting change, even in seemingly impossible situations.

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May 26, 2011

Nicole Havelka: The sweat is worth it

Lessons about transformation, on the yoga mat and off.

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September 23, 2014

Dwelling together in harmony, amidst differences

A New York City church has welcomed in congregations from other faiths and denominations. This thriving community is marked by hospitality, listening and humility.

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September 28, 2012

Melissa Wiginton: Eyes that lead

Leadership, if it’s about anything, is about noticing what is often overlooked, and then having the courage to speak up about it.

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January 6, 2010

Jason Byassee: A “UCC bishop” shows traditioned innovation

Vibrant institutions, thriving community, and traditioned innovation all come together at a church in the increasingly stony ground of New England.

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April 23, 2013

Blessing at work

Do we have a deep sense of blessing in our vocational lives? How might Christian leaders bring blessings to our communities?

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June 6, 2011

Jason Byassee: Loving the large church (and worrying about it)

Large churches don’t have to be anonymous and impersonal. They can be communities that are more hospitable than small ones.

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December 4, 2012

Ecosystems of change

What an island of centenarians can teach leaders about cultivating lasting change.

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