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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 …

Some Learnings from Human Centred Design

A few weeks back at Faith in Action we enjoyed hearing from Esther Sugihto around the idea of Human Centred Design. Living with a designer myself I have often been surprised at how helpful the way designers think about and see the world is in community development.  Thinking like a designer …

An incomplete guide to the Uniting Church and how it plays in the social sector

After reading my recent posts, Dr John Flett sought me out to provide some background social information for his German academic colleagues who are contributing to the Rescuing Our Soul Conference in September 2016.  This is the second blog in that series. In my previous blog A Rough Guide to the Social …

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 …

Reading Wednesday’s model coffee

Each month we do coffee and conversation over a community development reading.  This month I’ chosen a model rather than a long reading.  It’s one of my favourite flow charts for group work. It is called the “The Groan Zone” but is far from being dull. The model helps leaders to think …

Dealing with difficult topics in meetings

We all have had the experience of the nightmare council meeting where a difficult topic leaves people with  divergent and entrenched views. Members leave tired and despondent.  Sometimes we need another way of bringing people together around challenging topics. Introduction to Hosting for Christian Communities is a one day workshop which will expand your options for convening …

Beginners Guide to Consultation

There are many theories of change.  As many ideas as there are people.  We all have our own ideas of how change will happen.  But this is a popular spectrum which helps us understand the range of change ideas that are out there… Community Engagement and Theories of Change Inform …