Civic Outreach

American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (AMILA) (organization).
Founded in 1992, American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (AMILA) is committed to spiritual enrichment, intellectual freedom, and community service.

Community Ministry: New Challenges, Proven Steps to Faith-Based Initiatives (book).
Carl S. Dudley. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 2002.
A guide for congregations establishing and supporting community ministries.

Doing Justice: Congregations and Community Organizing (book).
Dennis A. Jacobsen. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2001.
A primer on the theology of, and rationale for, congregation-based community organizing for urban ministry.

Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (organization).
JALSA is a progressive voice within the Jewish community, engaged in working on issues of social and economic justice, civil rights, and constitutional liberties.

National Congress for Community Economic Development (organization).
Represents over 3,600 community development corporations, which seek to create affordable housing and jobs through business and commercial development activities.

A Practical Guide to Community Ministry (book).
A. David Bos. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1993.
This book gives direction on assessing local community needs and on starting and developing a ministry with an emphasis on board development and support.

Public Offerings: Stories from the Front Lines of Community Ministry. (book).
Linda-Marie Delloff. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute, 2002.
Describes ten congregations that have successfully developed the capacity to serve different publics by essential and effective means.

Public Religion and Urban Transformation: Faith in the City (book).
Lowell Livezey. New York, NY: New York University Press, 2000.
Lowell W. Livezey studies, teaches, and writes about the agency of religious organizations-especially churches, synagogues, mosques, and other worship centers-in large urban areas. In addition to this summary of research about religion in urban settings, Dr. Livezey will provide a list of 20 congregational case studies upon request. Email:

Signs of Hope in the City: Ministries of Community Renewal (book).
Robert D. Carle, editor. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1999.
These stories of urban ministry from New York City point the way to how churches and church-based coalitions can transform communities.

Urban Churches, Vital Signs: Beyond Charity Toward Justice (book).
Nile Harper, editor. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999.
Stories of 28 urban churches rejuvenated into community ministry centers.

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