The following resources are organized according to themes that inspire and motivate the work we do in Lynn, Boston, and across the North Shore.
Shalom and the City
Bakke, Ray. A Theology As Big As A City. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 1997).
Gornik, Mark. To Live in Peace: Biblical Faith and the Changing Inner City. (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 2002).
Jacobs, Jane. Cities and the Wealth of Nations. (Vintage, 1985).
Jacobsen, Eric. Sidewalks of the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith. (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003).
Lupton, Bob. Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life: Rethinking Ministry to the Poor. (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 2007).
Marshall, Paul. Heaven is Not My Home: Learning to Live in God's Creation. (Nashville: Word Publishing, 1998).
White, Randy. Encounter God in the City: Onramps to Personal and Community Transformation. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2006).
Wolterstorff, Nicholas. Until Justice & Peace Embrace. (Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans, 1983).
Ehrenreich, Barbara. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. (New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2001).
Goudzwaard, Bob. Globalization and the Kingdom of God. (Grand Rapids, Baker Books, 2001).
Goldsmith, Edward and Mander, Jerry, Eds. The Case Against the Global Economy: And a Turn for the Local. (San Francisco, Sierra Club Books, 1996).
Moorehead, Caroline. Human Cargo: A Journey among Refugees. (Picador, 2006).
Payne, Ruby. A Framework for Understanding Poverty. (aha Process, Inc, 2005).
Rothenberg, Daniel. With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today. (Berkely, UCalifornia Press, 1998)
Sider, Ronald. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger. (Dallas, Word Publishing, 1997).
Wink, Walter. The Powers that Be. (Galille Trade, 1999).
Community Organizing & Development
Kretzman, John P., and McKnight, John. Building Communities From the Inside Out. (Chicago: ACTA Publications, 1993).
Lithicum, Robert. Transforming Power: Biblical Strategies for Making a Difference in Your Community. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2003).
Medoff, Peter and Holly Sklar. Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood. (Boston: South End Press, 1994).
Myers, Bryant L. Walking with the Poor: Principles and Practices of Transformational Development. (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2004).
Perkins, John. Beyond Charity:The Call To Christian Community Development.(Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993).
Perkins, John, Ed. Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing it Together & Doing it Right. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995).
Warren, Mark. Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001).
Spiritual Disciplines of Shalom
Casaldaliga, P. and J.M. Vigil. Liberating Spirituality. (Quezon City: Claretian, 1994).
Ellsberg, Robert, Ed. Dorothy Day: Selected Writings. (New York: Maryknoll, 2005).
Foster, Richard. Celebration of Discipline. (San Francisco: Harper, 1998).
Merton, Thomas. The Monastic Journey. (London: Sheldon Press, 1977).
Rutba House. School(s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism. (Cascade Books, 2005).
Mother Theresa. No Greater Love. (New World Library, 2002).
Emerson, Michael and Smith, Christian. Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. (USA: Oxford University Press, 2001).
King, Jr. Martin Luther. Why We Can't Wait. (New York: Penguin Books, 1964).
K'Meyer, Tracy Elaine. Interracialism and Christian Community in the Postwar South: The Story of Koinonia Farm. (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1997).
Perkins, Spencer and Rice, Chris. More than Equals: Racial Healing for the sake of the Gospel. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 1994).
Rice, Chris. Grace Matters: A True Story of Race, Friendship and Faith in the Heart of the South. (San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 2002).
West, Cornel. Race Matters. (Beacon Press, 2001).
Vocation & Calling
Bessenecker, Scott. The New Friars: The Emerging Movement Serving the World's Poor. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2006).
Blue, Kevin. Practical Justice: Living Off-Center in a Self-Centered World. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity, 2006).
Claiborne, Shane. The Irresistible Revolution: Living as Ordinary Radicals.(Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006).
Dawn, Marva. The Sense of the Call: A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World. (Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans, 2006).
Garber, Steven. The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior. (InterVarsity Press, 2007).
Hayes, John B. Submerge: Living Deep in a Shallow World: Service, Justice and Contemplation Among the World's Poor. (Regal, 2006).
Sine, Tom. Mustard Seed vs. McWorld: Reinventing Life and Faith for the Future. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999).
Yates, Christen. "The Oxymoron of Proximate Justice." Comment Magazine. Online. (March 7,2008).
Christian Community Development Association
A national organization that grounds our work in Lynn.
Out of the Classroom and Into the Community
Gordon in Lynn and Place-Based Learning. Article by Associate Director, Christen Borgman Yates
The Oxymoron of Proximate Justice
Article by Associate Director, Christen Borgman Yates
Community Organizing & Development
Linking theory with practice, acitivists with academics, full of articles, course syllabi and networking.
Offers networking opportunities and informational resources to equip faith-based practitioners and others seeking to renew urban communities.
Connecting communities and thinking about living amidst the "abandoned places of the empire."
Integrate spiritual renewal and social justice in your personal life, communities and nation.
Great resources on urban ministry and community service.
A collection of monthly reflections about life and faith in the city.