Shaping Communities - Ways to Practice - Books

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are
varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities,
but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

— I Corinthians 12:4-7

Leadership Without Easy Answers
Ronald A. Heifetz (Belknap Press, 1994).

Church in the Round : Feminist Interpretation of the Church
Letty M. Russell (Westminster John Knox, 1993).

Silly Tillie
Jeanine M. Wine (Good Books, 1990).
Who is the "very important person" Tillie expects? How is her notion of who is an important leader in her community turned upside down?

Communities of Practice
Etienne Wenger (Cambridge University Press, 1998).

Bowling Alone : The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Robert D. Putnam (Simon and Schuster, 2001)

Eyes on the Prize
A definitive documentary of the Civil Rights Movement in 1950s-60s America. Produced for PBS, this six-hour program portrays the grassroots history of individuals and groups who participated on the front lines, who witnessed and survived to tell about the crusade's tragedies and victories. Watch for ways in which people join together to shape what Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to as "the Beloved Community". (1986)

Lord of the Flies
In this classic adaptation of William Golding's novel, a planeload of schoolboys is stranded on a tropical island. They've got food and water; all that's left is to govern themselves peacefully until they're rescued. "After all," says choir leader Jack, "We're English. We're the best in the world at everything!" Unfortunately, living peacefully is not as easy as it seems. Analyze how "community" functions under these extraordinary conditions. (1963)

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