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Find out how communities can help people transcend their individual needs to live richer, fuller livesThe Spirituality of Community Life is a deeply personal analysis of community life and its importance in helping people develop to their full potential. Dr. Ron McDonald, a pastoral counselor, examines the dynamics of community life from the perspective of the participant in a variety of settings, including the classroom, sports teams, church groups, recreational groups, and the workplace. This unique book presents alternatives to a culture that creates competition, separation, and insecurity, focusing instead on communities that encourage civility, understanding, compromise, and altruism. The Spirituality of Community Life analyzes the need for community life and the obstacles to it found in American culture, where money and power rule and people conform to stay out of trouble. The book presents insights into the importance and manner of building communities instead of efficient organizations that are fueled by crisis. Topics examined include growth and size as mistaken ideals, early Christian community life, the "What Would Jesus Do?" phenomenon, the spiritual disease caused by fighting enemies, the place of art and dance in community life, and leadership.The Spirituality of Community Life looks at a variety of communities, including: hikers on the Appalachian Trail a college track and country team a seminary course on the Gospel of Mark a church health center a traditional Quaker meeting an open education elementary school a championship basketball team an annual meeting of pastoral counselors and much moreThe Spirituality of Community Life also examines the deeply spiritual nature of community life, including insights into early Christian community history and how community life was crucial in the lives of our greatest spiritual leaders. The book is essential for anyone seeking to be the kind of leader who can build and nurture communities.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.36" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Jun 23, 2006
ISBN 0789029863 ISBN13 9780789029867
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More About Ron McDonald
McDonald has been a pastoral counselor for over 20 years and is currently practicing at the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tennessee, a nationally recognized medical facility for the working poor. He was educated at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas; Union Theological Seminary in New York City; Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri; and the Training Institute for Counseling and Therapy of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health in Briarcliff Manor, New York. He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Additionally, he is a folksinger and storyteller who performs with his guitar and hammer dulcimer.
Ron McDonald currently resides in the state of Tennessee.