Books, Websites, Social Networking Sites that give insights and/or advice on increasing capacity and connection in rural areas.

Wendy McCaig
Wendy McCaig
@wendy-mccaig
3 months ago
23 posts

What a wonderful list!  Thank you for sharing.  I can't wait to learn more from you about your work in rural communities and how these resources have been helpful. I came to this work through my work with churches. I have an MDiv from Baptist Theological Seminary but never pursued ordination and instead began doing community development work in partnership with faith communities which eventually led me to a broader base of multi-sector clients. It is weird that most of my church coaching clients are Methodists and Episcopalians and not a single Baptist but I am not giving up on them yet.

The link between the missional church movement and ABCD is how I fell into this work.  There is a clear connection as it relates to loving our neighbors and a focus on place and I built my first training off Luke 10.  However, I have found it difficult sometimes to work with church planters who put the church at the center and thier need to grow a church above the concerns of the citizens and the desire to strengthen the community apart from the church.  I would love to know your experience with this intersection.  I have some fantastic church clients who totally get it but they seem to me to be more the exception than the rule but maybe I am just a little jaded.  

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

Some hopeful news...

After generations of disinvestment, rural America might be the most innovative place in the U.S.



Rural leaders, governments, and philanthropic funders who aren’t afraid to break with long-standing assumptions about the inevitability of rural decline can leverage the potential, talent, and innovative spirit of rural America to build the new Heartland.

https://www.kauffman.org/currents/rural-america-most-innovative-place-in-united-states/


Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

This came across my screen this morning - https://ruralassembly.org/five-ways-to-talk-about-the-vaccine-in-rural/?mc_cid=9f5ce4170c&mc_eid=b6f1d07ff0

It plays on the rural story of values and interconnectedness to compel action toward receiving the COVID vaccination.

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

Pod Cast on Museums on Main Street - in rural United States - https://museumonmainstreet.org/blog-node/supporting-humanities-small-and-rural-towns-25-years


updated by @derek-a-peterson: 07/16/21 08:09:54AM
Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

Pod Cast - https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/to-see-each-other-peoples-action-podcast-challenges-rural-americas-stereotypes/

For decades, progressive and even leftist, organizers have ignored small town, rural and “red” areas. They have given them up, and their people, too, as lost causes, those too far gone, backwards, politically insignificant—the “deplorables,” one might say. This has been the trend for nearly 70 years in the post-World War II U.S. Organizers have abandoned areas where, generations ago, some of their strongest supporters led powerful movements.

A new podcast from People’s Action addresses this issue head-on.

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

https://dailyyonder.com/podcasts/

If you’re on the hunt for great audio storytelling from rural America, look no further. You don’t want to miss these rural podcasts from our team at the Daily Yonder, plus some other favorites from our rural friends and colleagues around the country.

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/takeaway/segments/114798-revitalizing-rural-america

Rural America makes up 90 percent of the country but holds less than 20 percent of the population, and those numbers continue to decline. Yesterday we looked at a book putting forth the argument that cities make us better, happier and healthier. But what about the argument for living in the country? 

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

https://player.fm/podcasts/Rural

40+ podcasts on rural life.

Allison Lourash
Allison Lourash
@allison-lourash
2 months ago
11 posts

Thanks for sharing Derek- the Rural Workgroup has been collecting a list on a google doc as well- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ydAYiHBaOXSFGYtWeiOmD3P2KeENm5kdusxgEVa2eiE/edit?usp=sharing

Derek A Peterson
Derek A Peterson
@derek-a-peterson
2 months ago
46 posts

[quote="Allison Lourash"]

Thanks for sharing Derek- the Rural Workgroup has been collecting a list on a google doc as well- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ydAYiHBaOXSFGYtWeiOmD3P2KeENm5kdusxgEVa2eiE/edit?usp=sharing

[/quote] Thank you for sharing this.

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