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Our Abundant Communities

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...

Escaping the World of Non-sense

We are slowly surrounding our lives with electrical “inputs” called Internet, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TV, etc.  As a result, many people have unwittingly entered a new land where there are no trees, chirping birds, sunsets, stickball, group singing, people...

Deep Connections

Bridget and I have gone from knowing about two of our neighbors in February 2010 to about 25 of our neighbors in February 2011.  Two of the new neighbors we met are R.L. and Martha, a couple in their...

Powering America

In a neighborhood, people are empowered by the work they do together.  Often, they use this power to confront institutions and advocate for the neighborhood’s self-interest.  In this kind of action, power is understood as our ability to get...

Repairing Community

In my ancestors’ native Scotland, there were people who were exiled or outcast from their clan.  They were called “broken men.”  They faced a sad destiny wandering the mountains and moors without a community of support or the protection...

Mead Street Manifesto

Drafted by neighbors on a small stretch of Mead Street in Southeast Seattle. It's still a work in progress as you can see. People all over the country lament the loss of community, neighborhoods, local culture.  "Nobody knows their neighbors...

Update on the Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton

Listen to Edmonton’s ACI co-founder Howard Lawrence, along with Laurier Heights Neighborhood Connector Karen Wilk and ACI Coordinator for City of Edmonton Anne Harvey, describe the thinking behind the Initiative and some of the surprising, and not-so-surprising, results from...

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Transparency And Trust: From ‘Looking In’ To ‘Being In’

One explanation for the failings of our democracy is that government is not trusted. One aspect of the national...