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Topic: Thriving Communities

May 21, 2013

Acts of the Apostles and the Avett Brothers

Communities -- like musical acts -- thrive when they know their own story and share it with others in a genuine, heartfelt way.

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May 14, 2012

Wesley Hill: Singles in church

You don’t need a big program to practice hospitality to singles in the church.

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February 7, 2013

Institutional mapping and the pottery town

A map of Seagrove, N.C., shows that it is a thriving community whose potters are bound together by traditioned innovation, the desire to work together and a love of their craft. Do our institutions need maps that show the relationships, ideas and priorities that define us?

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December 3, 2010

Louis B. Weeks: The miracle of thriving congregations

Perhaps the surprising thing is not that there are so few thriving congregations in the US. It’s that there are so many.

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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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