Publications

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Our most recent offerings

Publications are arranged chronologically with the most recent listed first.

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Transformative Community:
Rooted at the Intersection of Shared Leadership and the Learning Community  

by Mark Clarke, September 2021

Every meeting, gathering, and time together is an opportunity to learn, build capacity, and define the path forward. Each session is a sacred space for each individual to be still, listen to the group's movement, and discern the next steps. 

Transformative Communities co-create with God by providing a safe emotional container for engaging in dialogue, envisioning the future, and creating collective capacity for growth and development. Many contemporary religious communities experience this concept as a transformative process in pursuit of their charism and mission. These entities establish their internal cultures in a Shared Leadership and Learning Community framework and engage in ongoing discernment.  As an active Learning Community, the group explores emerging questions and growth areas that open the window to developing the next steps.

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Called to Love: A Charism for 21st Century Mystics and Prophets

by Debbie Asberry, July 2021

In this article,  Deborah Asberry explores ideas about modern mystics and invites readers into an exploration of the intersection of current movements and the evolution of prophetic life forms in our 21st-century world.

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Living and Leading Transformative Communities

In an Era of Societal Crisis

by Mark Clarke, March 2021

This article by Mark Clarke takes the transformative community and its leadership into a deeper place of living and being transformative agents in a time of crisis.

 

"As Transformative Communities enter this process of change, they must reaffirm their essence grounded in their charism and mission. This rootedness becomes the foundation for continual exploration of a shared direction, shared values, and shared meaning for these times. It summons the group to pursue a bold and engaging North Star that demands intense communal soul work fostered by learning through action."

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Transformative Communities:  God’s Co-creative Pioneers

by Mark Clarke, October 2020

Transformative Communities participate in creation in three formative ways:

  • By embracing the diverse mosaic of God’s creative process;

  • By practicing contemplative action that incessantly pursues their social commitment to justice;

  • By establishing an effective ecosystem of relationships to create answers for complex issues.

These three disciplines are spiritual practices. They are rooted in reverence for all creation through social justice and dynamic engagement in interconnected life. These practices are used by intentional communities to establish a collaborative approach to pioneering societal change for the common good.

These three disciplines are spiritual practices. They are rooted in reverence for all creation through social justice and dynamic engagement in interconnected life. These practices are used by intentional communities to establish a collaborative approach to pioneering societal change for the common good.

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Transformative Communities: Passionately Dedicated to Learning

by Mark Clarke, July 2020

Communities that engage in a continuous discernment process become mediums of God’s co-creative process. These attitudinal anchors create underpinnings which direct their collective energy toward society's renewal. They have an energetic thirst for learning that fosters a synergy for creative imagination that leads to action.

The speed of such societal disruptions as the pandemic, social unrest, technology, etc. continually raise new questions, social concerns, and opportunities to explore new models.  Religious communities today must ask these questions:

 

How can we become transformative agents in our current culture and context? 

How can we embrace God’s invitation for change in our time of the pandemic, social unrest, and economic disparity?

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