Acceptance of Fallibility

We Hold Medicine for Each Other – A Conversation about Race

What does it mean to heal racial wounds? This complex topic continues to bewilder us as a collective and individually. As we search for tools and tactics for solving the ongoing challenges surrounding race and its history, are we...

Seeds of Land Return

How is our relationship with the land tied to our relationships with one another, and the possibility for cultivating strong and nurturing communities? This Land Return toolkit, developed by the Sustainable Economies Law Center, offers a unique perspective on...

Murmurations: A Spell for the Fall Equinox

the nights stretch themselves over our harried hearts there’s no differentiation now each day we come apart in new ways at old seams we age on the edge of crises we thought were hyperbolic til they knocked upon our door one answer to the chaos is hibernation one answer to...

Does Independence Exist? Exploring Scarcity, Abundance and Interdependence

Modern culture has instilled in most of us an unchecked reverence for the idea of independence. It is a celebrated sign of maturity and accomplishment. A promised path to freedom, and a signal that we have arrived. Soulful teachers,...

Reclaiming Our Capacity to Produce Our Own Wellbeing: Peter Block

  In this recent Axiom News podcast, Peter Block and Peter Pula invite us to reconsider our own capacity as the producers of what we so often look to others to provide. Peter Block says now is a time in which...

Attributes, Roles and Culture within Neighborhoods

In a recent podcast by The Neighboring Movement, hosts Adam Barlow-Thompson and Matt Johnson were joined by John McKnight to discuss the six (possibly even seven) attributes of a culture of contribution, how these characteristics in a community could...

COVID-19 Cannot Harm Your Gifts

Where do gifts come from? Whether you believe your gifts spring from your genetic makeup, a scientific phenomenon like a “big bang”, or as a gift from a spiritual source, what is undeniable is that you have come into...

Peacemaking Powers and the Culture They Create

As we look to the abundance within neighborhoods waiting to come alive, one of the best starting places is to seek out those gifts, skills and talents are possessed by the people who live there. Our first instinct to...

Neighborhood Planning: Doing “With” Not “For”

It is often the habit of organizational professionals who interface with communities to do "to" or "for" local residents. However, when such staff step back from their traditional functions and shift their focus to supporting community members to decide...

The Neighborhood as a Sacred Place

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BprBr1XVxE In his keynote talk for the Parish Collective’s Inhabit 2020 At Home Conference, John draws on insights from Walter Brueggemann and Dave Chapelle to explain how participants can turn their neighborhoods into sacred places. When John asked him what makes...

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The Five Valued Experiences

For years, Tim Vogt and the crew Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati have been working hard at turning their...