The Common Good
July 2005

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | July 2005

Feed the World

Feed the World

Need a good resource on hunger? Try Hunger No More: Faces Behind the Facts, an hour-long DVD that covers domestic and international hunger issues and what the church is doing to address them. Viewers new to the topic will appreciate the overview and interviews with various hunger experts, while seasoned advocates will find fresh ideas for getting church and community groups involved in feeding their local and worldwide neighbors.

A Joyful Noise

It would be hard to find a group that sings with more gusto than the Soweto Gospel Choir. Play Voices From Heaven, their new collection of 16 raise-the-roof songs, when you’re low on hope, and take note of your transformed spirit. The CD combines traditional African gospel and Western Christian music - "Amazing Grace" sits alongside "Ahuna Y Tswanang Le Jesu" ("There’s Nobody Like Jesus"). Choir members come from churches within South Africa’s Soweto township. Shanachie.

Building Spiritual Muscles

The Renovaré intra-church movement has put out a study Bible that aims to help us live "with-God" lives - lives that are infused with knowing God is among us. Edited by Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Walter Brueggemann, and Eugene Peterson, The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible contains 15 essays on select books from the Bible, profiles of biblical characters, and several exercises for the spiritually hungry. HarperSanFrancisco.

Empowered Leadership

The DVD Circles of Change: A Quiet Revolution in Haiti looks briefly (it’s 20 minutes) at an encouraging grassroots model for leadership and community organizing taking root in Haiti. John Engle started "open space" and "reflection circles," programs through the organization Beyond Borders, which are designed to get people talking, listening, and making decisions together to help foster peace and self-determination - a far cry from the traditional "command-and-control" leadership style.

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