Working Collaboratively in Communities
As you plan interfaith initiatives, your first step should be to learn and reflect on the community in which you are living. You are not starting from a blank canvas – there are likely people and organizations who have long been doing great work related to your initiative. As you consider taking action as an interfaith leader, you’ll want to identify who is already leading work in your community, what programming and events are already happening, and what resources already exist.
Kretzmann and McKnight highlight three categories of assets available in every community:
Individuals and their gifts
including young people, students, artists, the elderly, teachers, and people from the variety of diverse communities in the area
including religious communities, neighborhood groups, student clubs, unions, and other civic collectives or cultural groups
including local schools, college campuses, parks, libraries, local government, hospitals, etc.
Going Deeper: Additional Resources
Building Communities from the Inside Out
Spend more time learning about Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight’s research through their book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path to Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets (1993).Learn more
Asset-Based Community Development
The Episcopal Church uses asset-based community development theory to undergird their international relief efforts. Learn more about how they use this framework in their relief and development activities.Learn more
Community Cultural Wealth
Spend time exploring Yosso’s idea of cultural wealth in communities.Learn more