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Topic: Thriving Communities

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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February 15, 2010

Brad Kalajainen: A congregation can build without losing a sense of mission

We have always viewed buildings (and now we can speak in the plural) as tools of ministry. Dynamic churches are always short of space.

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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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