Category Archives: human geography

Neighbouring

Another local minister put me onto this book about Jesus’ greatest commandments, The Art of Neighboring, by American ministers Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon. Imagine if a network of churches across the city were engaged in actively pursuing the best for … Continue reading

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Northampton Inter-faith study final report

Following the survey and consultation into the needs of Northampton faith communities, the organisers of the study have released their Final Report which can be read here. My notes on the final consultation meeting can be read here. As a … Continue reading

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Together

I just published this on the other blog, but the thoughts are also pertinent here: —————————— I was talking to a local minister who works on a UPA estate the other day, and he was telling me about the make up of … Continue reading

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Findings from the Northampton Faith Communities Survey.

I reported a few months ago that Northampton Council had commissioned a survey into the status and needs of faith communities across the town. A couple of weeks ago I attended a workshop for faith leaders to discuss and critique … Continue reading

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Developers: this is how to build a community

Last week we went on a family holiday through Belgium to the Netherlands visit some friends who live in Haren, just outside Groningen. Besides from having a great time with our friends, we found it to be a wonderful friendly … Continue reading

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Lamenting the demise of The Great Good Place

I have been blogging my way through The Great Good Place as I read it. Having finished it, I can say that Oldenburg has given a detailed overview of the third place, the reasons for the decline of such places … Continue reading

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All grown up and nowhere to go? A discussion of network (part 2).

Last night I was at a community consultation for the development of our community centre and associated park and leisure facilities on the development. It was just the initial meeting, marking the point where the council are finally getting serious … Continue reading

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Having children means losing friends? A discussion of network (part 1).

It has long been argued that human interactions are going along the route of networked communities. That is, we each exist in a network of relationships that are not geographically confined. Ray Oldenburg says that with the network, each of … Continue reading

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Development on the Princess Marina Hospital site.

Signs have gone up from Charles Church developments and Persimmon homes (who are both the same company) saying they have acquired an area of land for development which is directly adjacent to the St Crispin’s development (Click for location map and … Continue reading

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The decline of Main Street USA and the decline of community

This quote, which comes in a chapter describing the Main Street in a typical US small town in the 1930s (in this case, River Park, Minnesota), sums up the uniqueness of a third place and the benefits it has to … Continue reading

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