Conflict in TPC and payment for the Miracle

Ne 28 srpna 2005

Reading an article from the Boston Globe (2001-11-02) “Friction among clergy members seen in partnership” I begun to think again about some totally non-scientific comments. First of them is the Honza Horálek’s comment on difference between alliance and community—whereas in the world, people organize into alliances given their shared interest or goal, in the Church people should first organize into community and such community can then organize some action (and he has even fancy examples of this from the Book of Revelation; I guess from Rev. 13 about an alliance between a beast and dragon). And really, I can see on the Living Waters team in the church how much this principle is valid—unless we work through all our internal conflict and unless we pray for each other, we wouldn’t be able to work together well as a team towards participants of the program.

It seems to me that the strength of the Ten Point Coallition (yes, Coallition is probably closer to an alliance than to community) was sufficient to hold its leaders together only in economically good times when government supported all extra-curricular activities and such, but it looks like that when the waters begun to be rough (because of an economic crisis of early 2000s’) relationships and vision were not strong enough to keep TPC together. I would like to ask Rev. Hammond and Revers (if I will ever get hold of him), whether they invited each other for dinner to their home or something in this sense.

However, getting back to more sociological and “scientific” level, it could be really interesting to think how much is at least indirectly level of federal support to after-school programs responsible for the Boston Miracle.

Category: research Tagged: dissertation BostonMiracle

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