We Will Rise – Post Election Reflection

We Will Rise – Post Election Reflection

This past week has been a whirlwind.  For those of us who truly believed love trumps hate, Wednesday morning was a rude awakening.  I think it was most shocking to white female progressives like me.  It felt as though the world we thought existed was exposed as a...

Community Building Starts in the Wilderness

Community Building Starts in the Wilderness

As I sat across the desk from a newly appointed community builder, I could see the frustration in her face as she said, “There are just so many needs!  How can I focus on the assets when people need food, jobs and transportation?” It is a look I see often in my...

Quest for the Spirit of Community

Quest for the Spirit of Community

This fall I am on a quest to discover the spirit of community building.  In our ABCD training, I use this visual to introduce the concept of thinking about the "pond" as an analogy for a holistic veiw of community buiding. In the center of it all is the spiritual...

The Fastest Way to Anger any Religious Group

The Fastest Way to Anger any Religious Group

If you want to get a rise of a religious group, claim that their God’s grace and mercy is available to those beyond their religious group.  This will not only get you labeled a heretic, it could get you tossed off a cliff.  Just ask Jesus. Last week, we looked at the...

3 Indicators of a Strong Community

3 Indicators of a Strong Community

The goal of Asset-Based Community Development is best summed up in these words: “To Strengthen Communities from the Inside Out.” While this is a clear concise goal, it begs the question; “What is a strong community and how do you know you are achieving that goal?” My...