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Boundary Leaders: Leadership Skills for People of Faith

Author: 
Gary R. Gunderson (Author)
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Description

A major challenge for religious communities today lies in harnessing the commitment and energy of religious people to address larger societal issues. Key to such efforts are people who are willing to live and learn ''at the boundaries'' where secular meets religious, public meets private, and subcultures meet each other. ''A way of life on the boundaries, lived in community and faith, finds a broad menu of possibilities,'' says Gunderson.

Writing for clergy and lay people and other community groups, Gunderson employs his expertise from years of leading and coordinating work at the Carter Center and elsewhere to improve the quality of life in local communities. He discusses the five important traits leaders must cultivate, centered on knowledge, commitment, integrity, relationship, and the future.
ISBN: 
9780800631949
Price: 
$23.00
Release date: 
August 10, 2004
Pages: 
168
Width: 
5.50
Height: 
8.50

Endorsements

''It has been many years since I've encountered such an inspiring and empowering book. Drawing from theology, public health, sociology, poetry, philosophy, literature, and personal experience, the author offers wise counsel to those who would be 'boundary leaders.' A book perfectly tailored for our time.''
— Robert M. Franklin, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics, Candler School of Theology

''Gary Gunderson invites us to find our 'secret name' as boundary leader. Start this journey. Start it today.... The religious leader/the civic leader must meet on the boundary and accompany our society through healing and transformation. There is urgency to this task. Get going. Now.''
— Susan Thistlethwaite, Professor of Theology and President, Chicago Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

    Preface

  1. Come This Way
    Don't Just Stand There — Lead!
    Discovering the Boundary Zone
    Becoming Together

  2. Boundary Zones
    Boundary Zoning
    But Why? So What?
    Disparities' Disparity: Race as Boundary Zone
    Profile: Romie Lilly
    Reframing Race in the Boundary Zone
    Into the Boundary Zones and Back to Home
    Profile: Tor Haugstad

  3. Boundary Leaders
    Who Are They?
    Known but Unknown
    Profile: Donrico Colden
    Allegiance and Commitment, Intellect and Action
    Profile: Larry James
    Strengths of Boundary Leaders
    Profile: Rabbi Bob Kaplan
    Profile: Fatima Shama

  4. Webs of Transformation
    A World of Webs
    Miracles of Connectedness
    Profile: James Cochrane
    Logic, Patterns, Promises
    Spinning Webs
    Convergent Webs
    Profile: Mimi Kiser
    Webs for Jumping Universe
    Finding Webs

  5. A Word for One Another
    Boundary Spirituality
    Ritual, Reverence, and Reality

    Thanks
    Notes