Community organizing and congregational agency in shaping city life

Authored by: Trey Hammond , Phil Tom

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Cities

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367367121
eBook ISBN: 9780429351181
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429351181-24

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Abstract

This article will argue that in an urban ecology there are large systems and forces that significantly impact, often detrimentally, the institutions and individuals that inhabit that urban space. In response, these effected human communities, including congregations, can exercise significant agency in shaping their urban environment based on their religious and democratic values. Community organizing is a disciplined strategy to build the requisite relational power to act effectively in the public square. Community organizations equip institutions and citizens with the habits and practices to re-weave the social fabric and build social capital among important mediating structures—such as faith communities, schools, unions and non-profit organizations—to work together in enhancing the well-being of the city.

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