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Activism That Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organization [Paperback]

By Gregory F. Augustine Pierce (Author) & William Droel (Designed by)
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This classic resource for community organization is aimed primarily at clergy who have accepted the need for active involvement in the social problems of the world in order to fulfill the basic religious mission, but don't know how to do it successfully. In this roadmap to community organization and activism, Pierce points out the major traps and stumbling blocks for congregations to avoid along the way. He encourages an ecumenical approach to community organization and offers concrete stories and experiences as examples to follow.

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A classic book on the relationship between community organizations and local religious congregations.

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Studio: ACTA Publications
Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.98" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1997
Publisher   ACTA Publications
ISBN  0914070533  
ISBN13  9780914070535  

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Greg Pierce has almost 40 years of experience with citizen organizing and social justice work. He is the president of ACTA Publications, a company he founded more than 25 years ago. He is the author of several books, including the best-seller "Spirituality at Work," and he has edited hundreds of books, many by top Catholic writers such as John Shea and Patrick Hannon. Greg and his wife, Kathy, live in Chicago.

Gregory F. Augustine Pierce currently resides in Chicago.

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Insightful, Practical, Still Relevant  May 14, 2008
This book is concise but at the same time very explanatory, clearly breaking down the process of community organizing into its essential elements, at least according to the author's perspective. The book was written a while ago, but the issues are still very relevant. I'm very new to reading about CO, but just reading the book got me very excited about the possibility for real change. I highly recommend it to other interested in entering the field.
from the back cover of the book:  Jul 28, 2007
Many churches and synagogues, when faced with a needy situation in their neighborhoods, are paralyzed or indecisive. Should they provide for the needy while ignoring the root cause of the distress? Should they urge their members to pursue political correctives through the ballot box? Should the institution involve itself in partisan politics?

None of these approaches is the best way, according to Gregory Pierce. If they are truly to have an impact on their social milieu, congegations must involve themselves in broadly-based community organizations large and powerful enough to confront underlying causes of need. This tried and proven method was developed forty years go by Saul Alinsky and is still employed successfully today.

In order to be effective in community organizations, however, congregations must be willing to work with other groups with different ideologies, and they must understand and be willing to utilize the levers of power. This book is a primer for lay leaders and clergy who want to move their congregations into the arena of activism. It tells them what to do -- and what not to do -- if they want to make a difference in their neighborhoods.

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