In the midst of the Superpowers and the Third World, a new vision is emerging of a Fourth World, encompassing small communities as an alternative to the notion that ´´bigger is better.´´ Returning power to a personal level is one of the goals, according to Papworth, who offers an expansive overview of the plight of the individual vs. ´´giant ism.´´ ´´Human scale and morality´´ need to be reintroduced to the political decision-making process, Papworth says, and he provides some useful ways to meet the challenge he so eloquently describes. Papworth is the founding editor of the Fourth World Review, and for nine years was personal assistant to the president of Zambia. Gregory McGee is a student of anti-nuclear political movements and spent a year in London working with Papworth. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Toms. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/newd/000030de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Civility, which comes to us from the Latin word for citizen, includes not only the notions of courtesy and politeness, but also such matters as social relationships and proper conduct in human relationships. For some, civility is the essential glue that holds society together, and it involves such important issues as friendship, altruism, responsibility, dignity, and justice. Aristotle saw civility as a form of friendship, which he understood as a mutual feeling of good will. Aristotle believed that humans are capable of promoting another person´s interest without regard for our own, and he ranked friendships according to their degree of intimacy and commitment. ´´Character friendship´´ may be purely selfless; ´´advantage friendship´´ is a mixture of self-interest with perhaps some altruism, and this is the basis of civil interaction. By contrast, Thomas Hobbes believed that humans are incapable of sympathy with the interests of others; he said that we are ultimately motivated by self-interest in all of our acts. But recent experiments and theoretical developments have supported the view of David Hume, who believed that humans are naturally sympathetic, with our benevolence (or willingness to act selflessly) guided by such things as reason and custom. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Cliff Robertson and Robert Guillaume. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001534de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew Clark and his family moved to a new community in Knoxville, Tennessee with the hopes of being in a more secured area. He picked what seemed to be the perfect gated community where no one had access to get in or out without using a gate key card. The moment he and his family moved in, a cute little girl from the neighborhood would come knocking on his door every day asking for dog food. Being who he was, he would give it to her, but something wasn´t adding up as his mind wondered. Why was this cute little girl allowed to roam the neighborhood and knock on doors alone? Why did she need dog food every day? Where were her parents? The closer Andrew got to the answers of those questions, the more we wish he never asked. Welcome to Community Terror, where things aren´t what they seem. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Cee Scott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/067956de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Andrew Marin´s life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith. In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs. Why are so many people who are gay wary of people who are Christians? Do GLBT people need to change who they are? Do Christians need to change what they believe? Love Is an Orientation is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020660de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The development of meaningful relationships, where every member carries a significant sense of belonging, is central to what it means to be the church. So why do many Christians feel disappointed and disillusioned with their efforts to experience authentic community? Despite the best efforts of pastors, small group leaders, and faithful lay persons, church too often is a place of loneliness rather than connection.Church can be so much better. So intimate and alive. The Connecting Church tells you how. The answer may seem radical today, but it was a central component of life in the early church. First-century Christians knew what it meant to live in vital community with one another, relating with a depth and commitment that made ´´the body of Christ´´ a perfect metaphor for the church. What would it take to reclaim that kind of love, joy, support, and dynamic spiritual growth? Listen to this book and find out. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Peterson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000341de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does Barack Obama´s re-election campaign have in common with a dusty box of black and white photographs found in a Cardiff studio? The answer is something that we are all a part of - communities. The way in which Obama´s team drove engagement with the US electorate is fabled. Online and offline, people came together to spread the campaign´s messages across the country. Less well known is how Jon Pountney, who found the Cardiff photos, reached out across the web and into the local community to try and identify the faces captured in them. Piece by piece, this community constructed a story of the photos, which in turned out to be a remarkable slice from the city´s history. In Connected, Hannah Waldram, Ed Walker and Marc Thomas explore examples from across the world which demonstrate that social media is a hugely powerful tool, but it is when it combines with physical communities - spurring action, amplifying a message, organizing movements - that it becomes truly transformative. It is a fascinating insight into how communities can be so much greater than the sum of their parts, and how the power of the internet has become seamlessly woven into community action. The authors also offer practical steps for how to make the most of communities and harness their potential. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Anna Parker-Naples. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019362de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Have you joined a church or small group in hopes of experiencing real life change, only to be disappointed? Have you sat through inspiring sermons about what is possible when Christians gather together in mutually edifying relationships, only to recognize how cynical you have become after many failed attempts? Community may be one of the most over-promised, under-delivered aspects of the Christian life today. Individuals remain selfish and stuck in their ways. Communities become spiritually lifeless or even fall apart because we don´t know how to experience transformation together. Transforming community does not come primarily from listening to inspiring preaching or adding another church program. It emerges as we embrace a shared commitment to the attitudes, practices and behaviors that open us to Christ in our midst. And that´s where Life Together in Christ comes in. Reflecting on the story of the two disciples who meet Christ on the Emmaus Road, Ruth Haley Barton offers this interactive guide for small groups of spiritual companions who are ready to encounter Christ in transforming ways - right where they are on the road of real life. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Carol Hendrickson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020973de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A sweeping new look at the unheralded transformation that is eroding the foundations of American exceptionalism. Americans today find themselves mired in an era of uncertainty and frustration. The nation´s safety net is pulling apart under its own weight; political compromise is viewed as a form of defeat; and our faith in the enduring concept of American exceptionalism appears increasingly outdated. But the American Age may not be ending. In The Vanishing Neighbor, Marc J. Dunkelman identifies an epochal shift in the structure of American life - a shift unnoticed by many. Routines that once put doctors and lawyers in touch with grocers and plumbers - interactions that encouraged debate and cultivated compromise - have changed dramatically since the postwar era. Both technology and the new routines of everyday life connect tight-knit circles and expand the breadth of our social landscapes, but they´ve sapped the commonplace, incidental interactions that for centuries have built local communities and fostered healthy debate. The disappearance of these once-central relationships - between people who are familiar but not close, or friendly but not intimate - lies at the root of America´s economic woes and political gridlock. The institutions that were erected to support what Tocqueville called the ´´township´´ - that unique locus of the power of citizens - are failing because they haven´t yet been molded to the realities of the new American community. It´s time we moved beyond the debate over whether the changes being made to American life are good or bad and focus instead on understanding the tradeoffs. Our cities are less racially segregated than in decades past, but we’ve become less cognizant of what´s happening in the lives of people from different economic backgrounds, education levels, or age groups. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Andres Pabon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001367de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book seeks to provide a guided examination of what unites and divides the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic communities. With over 25 years of experience teaching in the subject area, Dr. Fritz Wenisch begins to unravel this complex and often contentious topic by first discussing the legal injunctions applying to religious studies courses at secular U.S. universities. He investigates the type of monotheism each religion shares before providing an in-depth overview of each religion, one by one. An emphasis is placed on the specific teachings of each religion, with consideration given to their practices and their historical development. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Differences, Commonalities, and Community argues that the hostility between the three religions is misplaced. The argument is grounded on the existence of a shared belief in the same one and only God and reverently looking back to Abraham, as well as the fact that disagreements do not result from ill will, but from alternative convictions held in good faith. Listeners will learn that tolerance, while a start, does not suffice; rather, that shared basic beliefs should give rise to mutual appreciation, leading to genuine friendship. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Butler Murray. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012442de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Once we bowled in leagues, usually after work - but no longer. This seemingly small phenomenon symbolizes a significant social change that Robert Putnam has identified in this brilliant volume, which The Economist hailed as ´´a prodigious achievement´´. Drawing on vast new data that reveal Americans´ changing behavior, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from one another and how social structures - whether they be PTA, church, or political parties - have disintegrated. Until the publication of this groundbreaking work, no one had so deftly diagnosed the harm that these broken bonds have wreaked on our physical and civic health, nor had anyone exalted their fundamental power in creating a society that is happy, healthy, and safe. Like defining works from the past, such as The Lonely Crowd and The Affluent Society, and like the works of C. Wright Mills and Betty Friedan, Putnam´s Bowling Alone has identified a central crisis at the heart of our society and suggests what we can do. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Morey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007716de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.