Listening to the Soul of Your Community Resources

How can we discover the ‘soul’ of our community? Here are some additional articles, videos, podcasts and books you might find helpful in concert with my keynote/seminar message.

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Humans create culture and that culture reveals their souls

The Process

1. Enter Samaria and sit at its wells

Approach your community, sit at its meeting spots, talk to the locals

2. Listen for its guiding stories

Both personal and cosmic

3. Look for the longings revealed in its culture

For meaning, guidance, liberation, love

How is our culture searching for meaning?

What are its ‘scriptures’?

Who are its ‘priests’?

How is it searching for liberation?

Who or what are it’s ‘saviours’?

How is it searching for love?

4. Creatively communicate and demonstrate their fulfilment

Jesus and the Story of God

On Cultural Engagement

Audio: Interview with Andy Crouch, author of Culture Making

Book: Everyday Theology Kevin Vanhoozer (ed)

Book: Culture Making Andy Crouch

Book: Living at the Crossroads Michael Goheen, Craig Bartholomew

Book: Eyes Wide Open William Romanowski

Book: The Universe Next Door James Sire

On Human Longings


A conversation on longings with the Centre for Public Christianity

Video: Four Questions on the Nation’s Soul (6 part video series)

Audio: Four Questions on the Nation’s Soul (original keynote at Australia’s Parliament House)

Book: Unseen Footprints Sheridan Voysey (includes a chapter on the topic)

Article: The Meaning of Life: 4 Options

Article: Who Are Today’s Secular Priests? 

On Creative Communication

Audio: My BBC Radio 2 Pause for Thought spots

Audio: A Basket Full of Stars (on the process of creativity)

Article/Audio: An Easter Parable (example of parable writing)

Article: Jesus Comes to Warrington (example of parable writing)

Article: Jesus Meets Crystal in a Cafe (example of parable writing)

Video: The Arc of Storytelling Bobette Buster

Video: The How of Storytelling Jeffrey Overstreet

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My Speaking

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