Revitalizing communities

Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer, academic, and author (sometimes viewed as a modern-day Thoreau), recently wrote: “The collapse of families and communities—so far, more or less disguisable as ‘mobility’ or ‘growth’ or ‘progress’ or ‘liberation’—is in fact a social catastrophe” (Christian Century, April 3, 2013).

His main concern, among others, is that governments cannot effectively exercise familial authority, nor can they “enforce communal or personal standards of moral conduct.” 

Such issues are also of deep concern to another Kentucky resident, Christine Pohl, who writes eloquently and helpfully about them in her book Living into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us (Eerdmans, 2012, paperback). She is professor of Christian social ethics at Ashbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.

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