The work of creating connection and belonging must occur at the face-to-face, human level. Rural people understand this common-sense principle and may have more opportunities to live by it.Read More...
By Steve Willis
The everyday moments of living in a small community may be telling us something monumental.
When churches and other non-commercial community institutions start looking for “return on investment” and “transformational leadership,” it’s time to rethink the yardstick. Business isn’t bad. But it isn’t everything, either.
With equal quantities of truth and empathy, the book Heartland reveals the stories of the rural working class. But Sarah Smarsh isn't fighting for her tribe, she's building bridges across America’s cultural and politics divides.
Small congregations frequently embody uniquely rural community values of continuity, belonging, and practicality. An urban transplant with an open mind may find it’s just what they are looking for.
In our churches, neighborhoods and offices, intergenerational cooperation is at the heart of meaningful and productive lives.