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Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe & Andrew Farley
Global warming: it's one of the hottest scientific and political issues of today. And yet we've all found ourselves asking . . . - It's freezing outside--where's global warming now? - Climate is always changing--how do we know this isn't just a cycle? - Why should Christians care about global warming when we know the world won't end that way? For all the talk about climate change, there's still a great deal of debate about what it all means, especially among Christians. A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE offers straightforward answers to these questions, without the spin. This book untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Authored by a climate scientist and a pastor, A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE boldly explores the role our Christian faith can play in guiding our opinions on this important global issue. (2009)
03.01.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe & Andrew Farley, Environmental Projects, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life, Global Citizenship, Education, Faith/Theological Exploration, Environment, Community

Guiding the Journey of Adult Learners
Laurent A. Daloz
In this book, Dr. Larry Daloz, an Krista Foundation Advisory Board member, presents a compelling discussion of learning, development, and mentoring. A group of Krista Colleagues has elected to read this book to 'hone their mentoring lenses' in preparation for leading workshops and activities at this year's conference. From the back cover: "This second edition is a practical engaging exploration of mentoring and its power to transform learning. Filled with inspiring vignettes, "Mentor" shows how anyone who teaches become a successful mentor to students.
01.01.99 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Laurent A. Daloz, Urban America, Education, Integrating Service as a Way of Life

Justice, Joy and Daily Bread
Michael Schut (editor)
This is a compilation of articles from well known authors and theologians. It highlights a broad array of topics related to our food. From the challenges of industrialized food, to the sacredness of a shared meal. Krista Colleagues recently formed a group and read and discussed this book chapter by chapter. The study/discussion guide in the back of the book is particularly helpful. Here's to 'justice, joy, and daily bread.'
01.01.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Michael Schut (editor), Environmental Projects, Faith/Theological Exploration, Environment

Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries
Jerry Sittser
Christians in today's church strive to lead spiritual lives marked by true sacrifice, much as the earliest Christians and their communities did. Sittser, who teaches at Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., offers a compelling history of spirituality. While many such histories focus on the early martyrs of the faith and medieval mystics, Sittser's singular study demonstrates that contemporary Christians drink from a deep well of spiritual practices as they become part of the cloud of witnesses to the faith. Sittser characterizes periods in the history of spirituality according to various themes—e.g., witness, belonging, struggle and conversion—that continue to characterize Christianity today. Unlike earlier histories of spirituality, Sittser's includes a chapter on the spirituality of evangelicals (conversion) and one on the spirituality of pioneer missionaries (risk). Thus, the trailblazing missionary work of Jeremiah Evarts (1781–1831) and Jim Elliot (1927–1956) to indigenous peoples is singled out as a form of spiritual practice. Sittser concludes each chapter with exercises designed to reflect on ways that certain spiritual practices can be incorporated into contemporary observance. Discussion questions that can guide groups or individuals and an annotated reading list make Sittser's book a valuable tool.
12.30.07 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Jerry Sittser, Faith/Theological Exploration

Principles and Practices of Transformational Development
Bryant L. Myers
The purpose of this book is to describe a proposal for understanding the principles and practice of transformational development (positive material, social, and spiritual change) from a Christian perspective.
07.01.99 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Bryant L. Myers, Preparing To Serve, Global Citizenship, Poverty: Urban US & International

Stories of Hope and Compassion
Father Gregory Boyle
Father Greg Boyle was a KF Conference Keynote Speaker and is the well-known leader of Homeboy Industries. Through sharing stories of his work with ex-gang members, Gregory Boyle unveils the humanity of people often demonized by society, simultaneously reminding us of our own humanity. Father Greg doesn't have a hero complex about helping gang members in Los Angeles make a better life for themselves, and he doesn't give us a list of success stories. Instead he introduces Sniper, Carmen, and Bugsy as brothers and sisters to admire for deciding to make a change in their lives. Then he shows how our spirituality is deeply embedded in our ability to connect with each other. Through these stories, Father Greg offers a genuine boost of encouragement to anyone looking to sustain in service work. Purchase the book via Homeboy Industries link below, or feel free to read more reviews online.
03.01.10 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Father Gregory Boyle, Peace & Reconciliation, Education, Poverty: Urban US & International

Sharon Daloz Parks
The "twenty-something" years of young adulthood are increasingly recognized as critical but puzzling. These are years of searching, when most people make formative life decisions, for good and for ill. Looking for place and purpose in a changing world and asking new questions of meaning and faith, young adults reexamine their earlier beliefs and assumptions, as they encounter a bewildering array of new experiences and complex choices. In today's society, too many wander through this challenging time alone, without the presence of mentoring voices.Building on the foundation she established in her classic work, The Critical Years, Sharon Daloz Parks urges thoughtful adults to assume responsibility for providing strategic mentorship during this important decade in life. She reveals also, however, the ways young adults are influenced not only by individual mentors but also by mentoring environments.Furthermore, Parks asserts, the wider culture as a whole plays a mentoring role in the formation of each new generation of young adults, shaping the future of the culture itself. Through exploring young adult meaning-making and faith, and particularly the power of adult mentors to determine its quality, we may more fully recognize how young adults and their mentors can fuel the power and promise of cultural renewal.Parks draws on her own research and insights from developmental psychology, religion, theology, leadership, and ethics to examine the underlying developmental patterns of this unique time of life--when one is no longer an adolescent and yet not quite fully adult. She shares a wealth of practical experience gained from thirty years of working with young adults. Through thought-provoking examples from across a broad range of contexts, professionals, educators, community leaders, supervisors, and parents will discover the many ways they can responsibly serve as guides and mentors to young adults.
03.01.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Sharon Daloz Parks, Developing Nations, Environmental Projects, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life, Global Citizenship, Education, Faith/Theological Exploration, Environment, Community

A Hmong Child, her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures.
Anne Fadiman
This book powerfully illuminates the critical importance of growing a modern workforce able to engage and delicately navigate complex intercultural encounters.
03.12.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Anne Fadiman, Intercultural Development, Global Citizenship, Healthcare, Sustaining Service

The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Tracy Kidder
Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity" - a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”: as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
03.12.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Tracy Kidder, Global Citizenship, Poverty: Urban US & International, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life

Ronald Heifetz
Heifetz (Kennedy Sch. of Government, Harvard Univ.) presents a new theory of leadership for both public and private leaders in tackling complex contemporary problems. Central to his theory is the distinction between routine technical problems, which can be solved through expertise, and adaptive problems, such as crime, poverty, and educational reform, which require innovative approaches, including consideration of values.
03.12.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Ronald Heifetz, Preparing To Serve

A Bold Approach for a Complex World
Sharon Daloz Parks
In this unique leadership book, Sharon Daloz Parks invites readers to step into the classroom of Harvard leadership virtuoso Ronald Heifetz and his colleagues to understand this dynamic type of leadership and experience a corresponding mode of learning called "case in point." Unlike traditional teaching approaches that analyze the experiences of past leaders, case-in-point uses individuals' own experiences-and the classroom environment itself-as a "crucible" for learning. This bold approach enables emerging leaders to actively work through the complex demands of today's workplace and build their skills as they discover theory in practice.
03.12.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Sharon Daloz Parks, Preparing To Serve

An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
Laura van Dernoot
A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll on those working to make the world a better place. We may feel tired, cynical, numb, or like we can never do enough. These, and other symptoms, affect us individually and collectively, sapping the energy and effectiveness we so desperately need if we are to benefit humankind, other animals, and the planet itself. Through Trauma Stewardship, we are called to meet these challenges in an intentional way--not by becoming overwhelmed but by developing a quality of mindful presence. Joining the wisdom of ancient cultural traditions with modern psychological research, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices that will allow us to remake ourselves--and ultimately the world.
03.12.09 | Link To Source
Tags: Books, Laura van Dernoot, Global Citizenship, Preparing To Serve, Integrating Service As A Way Of Life




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