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ABCD Workshop Urban Mission Network

Asset Based Community Development Aug 2018 Head Heart and Hands (internal) – Two local UCA cong and Head Heart and Hands What can you contribute? Not what is wrong! = Individual Asset Mapping Colleen the Tea Pot (external) – warm relationship bridge – church known for making the connection = Connecting …

12 Key Principles for Creating Healthy Community Change (Part 1)

I’ve been playing again this week with the 12 Key Principles for Creating Healthy Community Change which is a resource put together by Nancy Margulies and Margaret Wheatley. The resource comes in the form of a DVD, poster and a series of cards. I particularly like the cards because they …

Mentoring from the Margins

I have had many mentors and coaches in my life so far.  Some formally some more informal relationships.  While I have certainly experienced the challenges of finding mentors in a male dominated field (men are always reluctant to provide mentoring to young women) I have experienced a number of men …

congregations doing community and codesign

When visiting  Surrender earlier this year I had the opportunity to listen to a range of speakers including  who was speaking about love and its impact on community. The question Joanna asked us to consider “How might we work with rather than for a community”. Joanna was challenging us to think …

Project leadership and other failed ideas

There are many models of leadership.  One  I’m not particularly fond of is where the leader pitches the vision then creates the plans to get there.  Community development is suspicious of such leaders who do things to people.  It was a reading from Peter Block that opened my eyes to another …

Beyond Violence

It is a real pleasure be part of a prevantative violence project called Beyond Violence.  Espeically when we hear near weekly of an Australian family being profoundly damaged by violence at home. At Faith in Action we accepted the invitation to collaborate with Dr Deidre Palmer (Moderator of the Uniting Church in …

Jim Diers and Story Telling

We have provided ambulances at the bottom of the cliff.  It is the communities job to build the fence at the top.  Today Joanna and I are in Melbourne with Jim Diers hosted by the VicTas Synod. I’ve heard from Jim previously and when I realised he was back in …

Caro Mader UniSA and ABCD

I’m sitting in a lecture listening to Caro Mader (Adelaide Council and Grass Roots Consulting) about assets based community development.  Caro has offered us examples of asset mapping. Peter Kenyon and others examples have gone across the screen. The class is looking at them off the ppt.  I like a …

Graeme McKerracher at FiA

The US is infamous for their bitter debates about abortion.  But did you also know that there are a group of churches –  evangelical, conservative and progressive,  catholic and protestant – all who have joined with non church social service agencies to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancies? I’m looking …