Table of Contents

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
INTRODUCTION
BOOK AT A GLANCE

SECTION ONE: CONTEXT

PART 1 VISION AND OVERVIEW   1
CHAPTER 1 PROPOSAL AND PREMISES   2
CHAPTER 2 RECLAIMING EACH OTHER   5
CHAPTER 3 WHY ME, WHY NOW?   7
CHAPTER 4 THE FEMININE VOICE: OUR HISTORY   12
CHAPTER 5 BONDING VS. BRIDGING: AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION  21
CHAPTER 6 A SOCIAL MOVEMENT   23
CHAPTER 7 DARK TIMES: A LITTLE FASTER NOW   25
CHAPTER 8 NEW STORY: WE NEED EACH OTHER   28
PART 2 COMMUNITY   31
CHAPTER 9 WHAT IS COMMUNITY? A DEFINITION   32
CHAPTER 10 TYPES OF COMMUNITY   34
CHAPTER 12 A SAFETY NET FOR A NEW GENERATION   40
PART 3 WHO ARE WE AND ARE WE READY?   44
CHAPTER 14 ADULTS OF GOD   45
CHAPTER 15 THE “GIFT CULTURE” MOVEMENT   47
CHAPTER 16 GIFT COMMUNITY   50
CHAPTER 17 WAYS OF BEING TOGETHER: A FOUR-STAGE MAP  51
CHAPTER 18 VALUES AND PRINCIPLES   54
CHAPTER 19 MEN AND WOMEN TOGETHER   57
CHAPTER 20 LOVING EACH OTHER   60
CHAPTER 21 NEEDING EACH OTHER   62
CHAPTER 22 PROTECTING EACH OTHER  64
PART 4 OUR STORY OF LOST COMMUNITY   66
CHAPTER 23 STRANDED AMONG STRANGERS   67
CHAPTER 24 MONEY: “ALONE IN A CROWD”   68
CHAPTER 25 FOOD: NEEDING CONNECTION   75
CHAPTER 26 BEYOND ADDICTION: FACE IN THE GUTTER  77
CHAPTER 27 BEYOND CYNICISM: DO WHAT WE CAN DO  78

SECTION TWO: HOW-TO

PART 5 GETTING STARTED   81
CHAPTER 28 INTRODUCTION   82
CHAPTER 29 CHAMPIONS WITH VISION   83
CHAPTER 30 ACTUAL STEPS   86
CHAPTER 31 CORE COMMUNITY VALUES   91
CHAPTER 32 STRUCTURE OF COMMUNITY   93
PART 6 COMMITMENTS   96
CHAPTER 33 WHY COMMITMENT   97
CHAPTER 34 COMMITMENT TO EACH OTHER   99
CHAPTER 35 COMMITMENT TO PLACE   100
CHAPTER 36 COMMITMENT TO TIME TOGETHER  102
CHAPTER 37 GENDER SAFETY:   104
CHAPTER 38 COMMITMENT TO A SMALL GROUP  107
CHAPTER 39 RESOLVING CONFLICT   108
PART 7 MEMBERSHIP   111
CHAPTER 40 FINDING MEMBERS   112
CHAPTER 41 DO I HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE?  114
CHAPTER 42 SELECTING MEMBERS   116
CHAPTER 44 INVITING & SPONSORING  121
CHAPTER 45 GREATEST CAUTION: VAMPIRES   123
CHAPTER 46 MEMBERSHIP GATES   127
CHAPTER 47 BASIC INFORMATION AND APPLICATION FORM   131
CHAPTER 48 INITIATION IN INTEGRITY   133
PART 8 OTHER FEATURES   136
CHAPTER 49 OPTIMAL COMMUNITY SIZE   137
CHAPTER 50 LEISURE TOGETHER: PLAYING & PRAYING   139
CHAPTER 51 A PERSONAL CONTEXT & MKP HISTORY   142
CHAPTER 52 GRATITUDE: LIVING INTO OUR GIFTS   150
AFTERWORD RESOURCES   151
BOOK LIST OF RECOMMENDATIONS:   152
WEBSITES:   155
RECIPROCITY: PART OF THE GIFT   157
Biographies…………………………………………………………158

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