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Networking Annotated Bibliography

Below are resources that will help you with networking and advocacy.

  1. Activism That Makes Sense - Congregations and Community Organization.
    Gregory F. Augustine Pierce, Acta Publications, Chicago 1984
    ACTA Publications, 4848 N. Clark Street, Chicago, Illinois 60640 - Telephone: 312/271-1030

    145pp. Suggests a philosophy of activism based on finding peoples self interest and helping shape that into response for social interests. Excellent chapter on apathy, controversy, and training leaders. Appendices include hands on materials on bible study, and leadership skill training materials.

  2. Christian Faith and U.S. Political Life Today.
    Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), 1995.
    Order through the ELCA Distribution Center at 1-800-328-4648 - Order Code: #69-1980

    7pp. A teaching and Discussion Resource that can be used for church Councils, Adult Forums, WELCA Study etc. Guides the user through an understanding of the role of Government and the role of the church in a complex world. Assists readers to understand the role of public policy and the biblical understanding of social justice.

  3. In the Tiger's Mouth, An Empowerment Guide for Social Action
    Shields, Katrina
    New Society Publishers Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1994
    New Society Publishers 4527 Springfield Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19143

    168pp. Includes chapters on effectiveness, preventing burnout, and practical help. An excellent resource for group leaders to build cohesiveness among a group while working on social issues. Incorporates wonderful cartoons and exercises for groups.

  4. Lives Matter A Handbook for Christian Organizing.
    BoBo, Kimberly
    Sheed Ward, Kansas City, 1986
    Sheed and Ward 115 E. Armour Blvd., P.O. Box 41292, Kansas City, MO

    264pp. Excellent step by step resource on how to mobilize a group, advocating within your church, using creativity, designing a workshop,and using the media. Targeted for people who are working on hunger issues, but can be used as a manual on any issue. this book is particularly useful in a congregational setting.

  5. Organizing for Social Change A Manual for Activists in the 1990's.
    Bobo, K., Kendall, J., and Max, S.
    Seven Locks Press, Washington, 1991.
    Seven Locks Press P.O. Box 68 Arlington, Va. 22210 800-354-5348

    267pp. Guides congregations on how to choose an issue,suggests a variety of organizing models, skill development, and discusses finances. Resource section includes Sources for Audio-Visuals,Songs and bibliography. One of the best resources currently on the market for congregations.

  6. Organizing A Guide for Grassroots Leaders.
    Si, Kahn
    NASW Press, 1991
    National Association of Social Workers Press

    277pp. A solid introduction to organizing. Although not oriented to the congregation but has many transferable concepts. Includes chapters on issues, members, research, and training.

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