HERE: NOW: US
LET'S CONTINUE TO BUILD COMMUNITY BY PURSUING THE COMMON GOOD
The pandemic exposed many underlying weaknesses in our society, and now, with the "cost of living crisis", life is tougher for many. The need to build common good is greater now than ever. Volunteering is great, but loving our neighbours and making friendships is better.
We need more relational ways of living, ways that build strength in and across communities for the long term. We can do this by building relationships with our neighbours across different backgrounds and opinions, and between our local organisations, businesses and charities. Altogether this strengthens civil society and generates a stronger "civic immune system" capable of upholding our shared humanity and resisting the forces that undermine our life together. As the future looks increasingly unstable, we're going to need each other more.
LET'S CONTINUE TO BUILD COMMUNITY is a place to start. It's a set of four short sessions to help you form a local group across your differences to build on community spirit and work together for the benefit of your neighbourhood. Why not gather a group and try it together?
The sessions stimulate discussions framed around Common Good principles and help you develop an action plan together. They're suitable for running online or face to face. Leadership of the group can be shared, so there's no need for one person to do it all. The Session Guide is free to download.
Who is this for? This resource is suitable for all and is designed for a mix of local people from different backgrounds, classes and political views. For example: neighbours, key workers, faith leaders, acknowledged community leaders and volunteers, local business leaders, local representatives of 'agencies' e.g. Local Authority, police, NHS, schools, people who have used the foodbank or other community services. The resource is intentionally written in non religious language to be inclusive for people of all faiths and none.
RESOURCES: Here Now Us Community
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