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Below are some useful resources we have benefited from in our efforts to learn how to better care
for, relate to, and interact with our neighbors.


The Art of Neighboring, by Jay Pathak & Dave Runyon

The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community, by Marc J. Dunkelman

Theirs is the Kingdom, by Robert Lupton

The Master Plan of Evangelism, by Robert Coleman

Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life,
by Robert Lupton

When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

Restoring At-Risk Communities, by John Perkins

Sidewalks in the Kingdom, by Eric Jacobsen

Follow Me to Freedom, by Shane Claiborne
& John Perkins

Friendship at the Margins, by Christine Pohl & Christopher Heuertz

The Abundant Community, by John McKnight

In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time, by Peter Lovenheim

This Land of Strangers, by Robert Hall

A Framework for Understanding Poverty, by Ruby Payne

So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?, by Karen Seccombe

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, by Ron Sider

The Irresistible Revolution, by Shane Claiborne

Building Communities from the Inside Out, by John Kretzmann & John McKnight

Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Gregory Boyle

Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (And How to Reverse It), by Robert D. Lupton


Other Resources


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

— Margaret Mead

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

Note: This quote is often paraphrased as “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
“Never abandon a friend—either yours or your father’s. When disaster strikes, you won’t have to ask your brother for assistance. It’s better to go to a neighbor than to a brother who lives far away.”

— Proverbs 27:10 NLV

“It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbor. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.”

— C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

— C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

“Relationships are the building blocks of any community. Basing our identity on our relationship with God is necessary to have meaningful, sustainable community transformation.”

— Communities First © 2005 by CRWRC

“The fundamental building blocks of the kingdom are relationships. Not programs, systems, or productivity. But inconvenient, time-consuming, intrusive relationships.”

— Robert Lupton, Theirs Is the Kingdom

“If you limit worship to where you are, the minute you leave that place of worship you will leave your attitude of worship behind like a crumpled-up church bulletin.”

— Tony Evans, Time to Get Serious: Daily Devotions to Keep You Close to God

“But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not philia, a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends; but it is agape which is understanding goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. It is the love of God working in the lives of men. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization.”

— Martin Luther King, Jr., The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation's Chief Moral Dilemma, 1957