Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and SpiritualityPaperback Schumacher Briefings
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- Publisher: GREEN BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 146mm x 208mm x 10mm | 240g
- Publication date: 18 September 2008
- Publication City/Country: Totnes
- ISBN 10: 1900322382
- ISBN 13: 9781900322386
- Illustrations note: black and white photos
- Sales rank: 194,826
Climate change, species extinction, war and alienation. These are just some of the threats that imperil a world that gives us life. There is no single solution, but one thing is certain. Unless humanity learns how to rekindle community, all other efforts will wither on the vine. This timely new Schumacher Briefing explores three integrated pillars of community - with one another, with the natural environment and with the spiritual ground of all being. McIntosh draws not just on his own extensive experience, but also on the work of a dozen associates at the Centre for Human Ecology - mostly his former students. These have carried out research into the spirituality of community regeneration, assisted by WWF International. Each of them provides a summary of their findings, weaving a rich tapestry that illustrates community. With its emphasis on spirituality, the Briefing examines the implications of living as if all life is interconnected. It addresses both the theory of community and its practical regeneration. The contexts range from remote islands to inner city deprivation and even the world of corporations and government. The results fortify our capacity to face the future and point to ever-deeper meanings of love.
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Alastair McIntosh is Visiting Professor of Human Ecology at the Department of Geography and Sociology, University of Strathclyde, and holds fellowships at the Centre for Human Ecology, the E. F. Schumacher Society and the Academy of Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster. His books include the bestselling Soil and Soul, Love and Revolution (collected poetry), and most recently Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition.
Table of contents
Foreword. Towards a Becoming Existence: Community is cultural as water to a fish. Metaphysical Disease: Schumacher's diagnosis of these our troubled times. The Cycle of Belonging: Community as the interdependence of the psyche. The Rubric of Regeneration: Regeneration seen through rural case studies. Satisfying Fundamental Human Needs: Urban and corporate examples of calling back soul.