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Deeply Woven Roots

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With insight born of experience and conviction, The Carter Center's Gary Gunderson suggests ways that congregations, religious leaders, and concerned individuals can take practical steps to improve the health of their communities.As governmental involvement in alleviating social problems wanes, Gunderson argues, congregations are uniquely positioned to feed the roots that ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published November 5th 1997 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published 1997)
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Rich Kooyer
Gunderson believes that there is a strength in communication as it exists in community. That is the web as it exists between members and the strands that go out into the community. The intentional connection of people to others within the community when relations are seen is a consequence of good hospitality and care.The ability to witness our community through the fears, pain and triumphs are amazingly powerful moments our life cycles. Those cycles are smaller cycles within larger ones that we ...more
His list is so basic of "strengths" is so simple, so basic, that you will wonder why you couldn't have come up with it yourself. And then when you read it again--and the anecdotal detail that he provides--you realize you are reading an elemental chart of community engagement.
I love this book, and have used it many times in the past decade in helping community groups understand their strengths and their opportunities.
Grunderson offers some valuable insights into how religious congregations can draw on unknown and underused strengths to impact their communities as well as the relationships among congregants. His expertise is the intersection of religious congregations and public health, so his work and insights are needed as congregations struggle to impact for good the quality of life of people in communities large and small.
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