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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...

Reimagining Community: Conversation with Mike Butler

An Invitation to Belonging Conversation with Mike Butler ~ August 6, 2019 About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building social innovators as their guests. For their August 6,...

Abundant Community Book Study Guide

In Kitchener, Ontario, community reinventor Jonathan Massimi once led a discussion group with city staff, eight community connectors and a neighborhood association to explore the ideas from John and Peter's book The Abundant Community. That initiative grew into an eight-week...

Reconnecting Communities and Juvenile Offenders

From meeting with gang leaders and asking their permission to work with their members to helping families get their shot-out windows repaired, Gary Ivory shared stories from his pioneering work with Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) in Tarrant County, Texas,...

Reimagining Community: Conversation with Gary Ivory

Reconnecting Juvenile Offenders and Their Communities Conversation with Gary Ivory ~ January 16, 2019 About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. For their January...

Reimagining Community: Gary Ivory

John and Peter talk with nationally recognized youth advocate Gary Ivory on reimagining how to connect juvenile offenders to their communities. https://www.facebook.com/AbundantCommunity/videos/235130710704327/

The Church and Proximity

Father Joseph G. Kovitch had just been appointed the priest for St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Westerville, Ohio, when the parish came face to face with the financial realities of a dwindling congregation. A "For Sale" sign went up...

Restorative Practices: A Toolbox for Turbulent Times

Conversation with Thom Allena About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. For their May 8, 2018 dialog they invited Thom Allena to talk...

Restorative Practices

As political and community discourse grows increasingly more divisive, many of our institutional responses to conflict and violation seem to escalate fear, estrangement and regrettably, a desire for retribution. In instances of protracted conflict and violation, where do we...

A New Paradigm for Responding to Athletics and Sportsmanship Violations

In the December 2017 issue of Athletics Administration, Thom Allena explains how restorative practices were an effective way to deal with off-field misconduct by student-athletes in a Power Five football program. Read the full article here.  

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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...