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The Religious and Political Perspective of Community Organizing

The Religious and Political Perspective of Community Organizing

Chapter:
(p.49) Chapter 3 The Religious and Political Perspective of Community Organizing
Source:
Cultural Dilemmas of Progressive Politics
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226318196.003.0003

The ideas that underlie and inform faith-based community organizing are a creative, although sometimes uneasy, melding of concepts from various Christian social action traditions and the philosophy of community organizing articulated by Saul Alinsky. To introduce this perspective, this chapter briefly reviews its religious and political sources and then recounts the story of a thoughtful priest who is a core participant in Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH). The chapter describes four key concepts that largely define the perspective: power, self-interest, relationships, and values.

Keywords:   community organizing, social action, Saul Alinsky, Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope, power, self-interest, relationships

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