vol. 5, num. 9 :: 2006.05.05 — 2006.05.19
"Third place" is a term used to describe the places we gather with one another apart from work and home. This issue will take a look at the places where we renew ourselves and experience community.
An interview with Dale Ter Haar, owner of South Park Hardware in South Holland, Illinois.
A reflection on lives intersecting in unexpected spaces.
What is the relationship between church space and third place?
On how the Centennial Park Gazebo in Holland, Michigan, became engraved into a life story.
A story of discovering the place of refreshment.
A review of Susan Enan's five-song EP.
The merging of two cultures yields a lesson in experiencing community.
Even as big boxes multiply, "neighborhood values" are becoming an important part of the national conversation.
How true love meets guilt and shame one fateful, folk-filled evening.
A review of Coffee and Cigarettes directed by Jim Jarmusch.
A biography and information about the sociologist who coined the term "third place."
Explore the web site for this important public space in Lake Forest, Washington.
On live performance space as "third place."
The challenge is to keep expanding the limits of our hospitality. Our willingness to welcome strangers. This welcome is the sign of a community confident in itself. It has nothing to fear from the outsider. The outsider has gifts, insights, and experiences to share for our benefit. So we look forward to sharing our culture, gifts, and associations with others. “Come on in. What would you like to eat? We have a great community band we want you to hear. And let us show you our new park that we created ourselves.” The beautiful, remarkable sign of a secure community is that it has a welcome at the edge…. The only thing we have to fear in our community is fear of outsiders.
John McKnight & Peter Block
The Abundant Community
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