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Neighborly Nourishment in the Wilderness

John, Peter and Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann explore themes of power and patriarchy; human fallibility and gifts; and accumulation and abundance in building and sustaining community in these uncut videos from their two days at Trinity University, San Antonio, for the 2011 Willson Lectures.

Art Calling Out Empire — Conversing with Peter Block

Running time: 1:30:00

The Gift of Fallibility — Conversing with John McKnight

Running time: 1:27:00 

The Food Fight: Accumulation and Abundance — Conversing with Walter Brueggemann

Running time: 1:24:00

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is the world’s leading interpreter of the Old Testament and is the author of numerous books, including Journey to the Common Good and Out of Babylon.

Final Conversation: Block, Brueggemann and McKnight

Running time: 2:32:00

Introduced and facilitated by Jill Janov, probono consultant with nonprofit organizations that seek to develop organizational capacity and the person at work. Jill applies her 36 years of consulting experience — in private, public, and government organizations — to enhance the public sector’s engagement and support of individuals, communities and the world at large. She is the author of Developing Organizational Capacity and the Person at Work and the poem “Dawning” which she read to open the last day of conversation.




About the Lead Author

John McKnight
John McKnight
John McKnight is emeritus professor of education and social policy and codirector of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. He is the coauthor of Building Communities from the Inside Out and the author of The Careless Society. He has been a community organizer and serves on the boards of several national organizations that support neighborhood development.

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