February 16, 2016 Valerie Anderson

An Other Kingdom

This March, Common Change is jointly reading through a brilliant new book: “An Other Kingdom”, by Block, Breuggemann and McKnight.  An Other Kingdom resonates with Common Change’s principles and vision: to eliminate economic isolation and create a community of groups bound by a commitment to meet each other’s needs through relationship. We want to dive into this book together to deepen our corporate participation and engagement in the principles of collaborative giving, and to broaden our understanding of the ways in which the Common Change values seek to construct an alternative reality.

Join us! Go ahead,  buy a copy and let us know if you will be participating. We’ll be hosting regular virtual meetups and facilitating online dialogue and guided discussion through the book. Follow and contribute to the conversation on social media with #CommonChangeReads and #AnOtherKingdom

Here’s a  teaser from An Other Kingdom

We need a new narrative, a shift in our thinking and speaking. An Other Kingdom takes us out of a culture of addictive consumption into a place where life is ours to create together.  This satisfying way depends upon a neighborly covenant—an agreement that we together, will better raise our children, be healthy, be connected, be safe, and provide a livelihood. The neighborly covenant has a different language than market-hype. It speaks instead in a sacred tongue.

Authors Peter Block, Walter Brueggemann, and John McKnight invite you on a journey of departure from our consumer market culture, with its constellations of empire and control. Discover an alternative set of beliefs that have the capacity to evoke a culture where poverty, violence, and shrinking well-being are not inevitable—a culture in which the social order produces enough for all. They ask you to consider this other kingdom. To participate in this modern exodus towards a modern community. To awaken its beginnings are all around us. An Other Kingdom outlines this journey to construct a future outside the systems world of solutions.