Category Archives: Theology

An illustration of Community Development using Luke 17:11-19

Language is a tricky thing and one of the stumbling blocks over recent weeks, for me, has been the use of the terms “community engagement/outreach” and “community development”. So I wanted to spend a moment demonstrating what I understand to … Continue reading

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A Great Blog on Independence as False Gospel (by Joy Bennett)

Thanks to my good friend Mandy for sharing with me this post from Joy Bennett who has captured a lot better what I was musing on a couple of weeks ago about prevalent theologies of personal independence: Independence: the False … Continue reading

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On reading Scripture only for myself.

Part of my change in job has required my husband and I to change, not only our place of worship, but also the denomination (movement) in which we participate. This can seem like a small thing to Gen X/Y-ers like … Continue reading

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Building a Kingdom not a brand.

A while ago I wrote post of true (and lip-service) collaboration.  I was reflecting on this again a few months ago when a community networking event I was participating in became a brag-fest for the different groups around the table: … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: An Australia Day Lament

As we celebrate the Australia Day long weekend a dear friend of mine, Ellen Beasy (who currently serves as the South Australian Chaplain for Mission Australia) shared the following prayer with her Facebook friends. I thought it was beautiful and … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas

Thanks for all those who have followed and contributed to this conversation this year- It’s been fun 🙂 I look forward to continuing to explore and create and share stories with you in 2014. I hope you have a very … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: Asset Based Community Development in Scripture

Thanks to my fellow ABCD explorer Leigh Wilson of Northern Communities of Hope for this post.   I love being able to share this blog space with fellow dreamers.  I love learning from your experiences and wisdom as I wrestle … Continue reading

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What does it mean to THRIVE?

A lot of my inspiration for pursuing Community Development within Churches comes from my belief that part of Christ’s restorational purposes in our world is for people to thrive. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I … Continue reading

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