When a pandemic and social unrest reveal more than many of us saw a year ago, who is already out front, leading the way to a better normal?
Committing the Commons to Solidarity & Repair
How might we each play a role in sowing a more woven, widely shared commons? Father Jack Wall and Joe Boland have spent years walking in solidarity with people from some of America's poorest communities to build up vibrant and transformative communities of faith. Learn from the edges. There is something there for our center.
Cities as Playgrounds
Leadership Foundations is a global faith-based network that works to renew the social fabric in 45 cities around the globe. In this conversation, LF president Dave Hillis and his Atlanta-based colleague, Cornelius Williams, elucidate their earned conviction that relationships that change our cities change our world
When the Sacred Sector Works
In 2016, homicides in Chicago reached an all-time high. A group of local business, government and civic and faith leaders came together with a sense of urgency and prayerful hope, trusting that in the composite whole of their skillsets, networks, and diverse perspectives, a more integrated approach might rise up to quell the violence. Four years later, something beautiful is afoot. Michael Allen and David Dillon share Together Chicago's emerging story.
Christian Bridge-Building: Is There a Difference?
In a year of intensified racial heat and ideological warfare, cultivating the skills of bridge-building feels more urgent than ever. But do Christians bring anything distinctive to the task? Robin Shaw and Joe Meyer, co-leaders of a "Be the Bridge" group, humbly think yes.
Doing Localism the Real Way
“Home" strikes a million chords for each of us: familiarity, pain, loss, and roots that go deeper than words. But what happens when we choose to return in commitment to the place that bore us, believing that our individual agency matured (perhaps) elsewhere might come back to help nourish a future in the forgotten places? Lead for America is cultivating a 21st-century story about homecoming by giving young adults the tools and support for proximate, culturally humbled, and empowering service in their hometowns — at all levels of local government and civil society. Joe Nail and Benya Kraus are two of their co-founders, and in this episode, share hope and a roadmap.
Community Resilience in the Wake of Trauma
On November 8, 2018, a massive fire was triggered in northern California and decimated the town of Paradise and surrounding mountain communities in less than half a day. Nearly two years later, as the nation grapples with urgent questions around community resilience in the wake of trauma, two pastoral figures from the area, Richard Yale and Lew Powell, reflect on mission, relationalism, and the civic responsibilities of the church.