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Is it Really Better to Give than to Receive?

Posted November 20, 2009

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Our National Fear of Neediness Jared Gardner represents our west-coast “hub” of Resilience Circle organizing, having been responsible for getting four Portland groups up and running.  I was talking to Jared last week about the groups when he mentioned an issue that’s a recurring theme among CSC facilitators. One of his group members needed to […]

A Neighborhood Stands Its Ground

Posted October 29, 2009

Boston Community Organizers Fight Foreclosure and Eviction—Successfully! In a Boston neighborhood, a nonprofit called City Life/Vida Urbana is fighting foreclosure and eviction, home by home.  Staffed largely by volunteers, including lawyers, organizers and ordinary homeowners who have been threatened with home loss, CLVU has one of the most successful rates of retaining homes for both […]

Who Has Your Back? Personal Safety Nets for Life’s Falls

Posted October 8, 2009

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Eileen had to escape from an abusive relationship, but felt overwhelmed and afraid.  She consented to her friend Donna pulling together a “personal safety net” team, starting with a practical Excel spreadsheet of names and contact information of friends who would help her with the transition. “I was in tears as we met to compile […]

Youth Edition of the Facilitator’s Guide Available

Posted September 30, 2009

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Thanks to our studious and charming intern Evan Easterbrooks-Dick, we were able to spend part of the summer researching the specific economic issues that effect young people (between the ages of the 18 and 30, approximately).  Unlike any previous generation, young people today are leaving school with tremendous burdens that affect the success of their […]

A Voice from Ramadan

Posted September 21, 2009

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Ramadan in Dunkin Donuts This story comes from Adnan Onart, a Turkish Muslim living in Boston, Massachusetts, who is a member of the Resilience Circle Network. He and his wife are active members of a Unitarian-Universalist congregation where, he says, they can best live out their Muslim faith. He recites his poem, “Ramadan in Dunkin […]

“Community in Challenging Times”: A Midwestern Church Steps Up to the Plate

Posted September 15, 2009

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A Midwestern Church Steps Up to the Plate Michael Greenman seemed a little amused at the question of why he organized his church around the needs of its own community just after the “economic meltdown” of 2008. “I’m an activist. I saw a need and nobody was addressing it.” First Church Unitarian Universalist in Columbus, […]