Category Archives: What is ABCD?

Reflecting on my garden and community development

As the first Adelaide heatwave of this summer broke last night into a steamy thunderstorm I look out over my yellowed lawn, the burnt leaves of my pumpkin plants and the still panting beaks of my small flock of chickens … Continue reading

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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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It Takes a Spider to Repair its Own Web

When we see someone in significant need it is very natural for us, as compassionate human beings, to want to try to quickly and efficiently meet that need. There are times when this is an entirely appropriate and helpful response- … Continue reading

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Different ways people best engage with Community Development

When seeking to engage with our local communities using an asset based approach it is often very helpful to first apply that strength based lens to our congregations.  Asking powerful questions to draw out what assets, passions and gifts we … 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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The Chaordic Path: The Dynamic Inter-relationship between Chaos and Order

Originally posted on ShapeShift:
One of the fundamental patterns used in Art of Hosting offerings – which for many of us includes our consulting practices or as practitioners in-house work environments – is the Chaordic Field or Chaordic Path. Like…

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The good and the ugly of Appreciative Inquiry.

Our Edwardstown Project is in an interesting/challenging/exciting space presently.  Having educated and inspired the members of the church to embrace an asset based approach to their community engagement we have inquired-of and got-to-know the local community using techniques like World … Continue reading

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