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Spiritual Community

The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy

Rabbi David A. Teutsch, PhD

5.5 x 8.5, 144 pp, Hardcover, 978-1-58023-270-8

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Reimagine the Possibilities for Your Own Congregation
We all share a deep human need for meaning in our lives, a need to feel that we are part of something larger than ourselves. Yet many of us have discovered that successful careers, material affluence—even loving families—are not enough to satisfy this longing. And, too often, the congregations and organizations in which we seek greater meaning are uninspiring, or worse.
The answer lies in belonging to a strong spiritual community—not just a collection of individuals but a dynamic, integrated congregation linked by commitment and vision, sustained by friendship and shared experience. But how to build it?
Informative and encouraging, wise and practical, Spiritual Community looks at congregations and organizations—what they are and what they might become—and reveals the unique role they have the potential to play in refreshing our minds, transforming our hearts and giving our lives meaning. From establishing “radiant centers” to welcome people into the heart of the community, to reclaiming the power of ritual, to suggesting strategies for dealing with conflict—Rabbi Teutsch offers practical solutions to challenges congregations commonly face making themselves into spiritual communities.
This is essential reading for every spiritual and lay leader—for anyone who wants to transform their congregation or organization into a strong spiritual community.
“David Teutsch’s insights into the whys and hows of community building are a welcome addition to the resource shelf of those looking for spiritual community.”
Rabbi Sid Schwarz, author of Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue; founder/president of PANIM
“Congregations must be places of learning, caring, justice and prayer to be truly spiritual and to help transform the future of  American Jewry. Spiritual Community is the best hands-on guide to the creation of warm and welcoming congregations that I’ve seen in a very long time.”
Barry Shrage, president, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston
 “An insightful, instructive and inspirational meditation on how to build compelling and meaningful communities that is must-reading for professionals and layleaders committed to this sacred work.”
Dr. Ron Wolfson, co-founder, Synagogue 2000
 “Speaks to the profound sense of disconnectedness and deep feelings of longing that characterize contemporary American life. With great sensitivity, Teutsch offers a significant contribution to the conversation on community, challenging us to build intensive, compelling cohorts that will ultimately offer comfort and strength to individuals and revitalize the broader American Jewish Community.”
Rabbi Sharon Brous, spiritual leader of IKAR (www.ikar-la.org)

 

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