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"How to Remake the World Neighborhood by Neighborhood"

01/28/2023 1:43 PM | Anonymous

Book release: How to Remake the World Neighborhood by Neighborhood
by Mack McCarter, Founder of Community Renewal International
with CTSA Member Tim Muldoon, professor at Boston College

Maryknoll, New York: A quiet revolution of intentional, connected caring prepares for the national stage with the November 2022 release of a groundbreaking book which will help heal our societies. Boston College Philosophy professor and long-time CTSA member Tim Muldoon has teamed up with G.S. “Mack” McCarter, the Opus Prize laureate and founder of Community Renewal International (CRI), to produce How to Remake the World Neighborhood by Neighborhood , a book that offers a tested road map for renewing communities.

How to Remake the World Neighborhood by Neighborhood is the solution to the social breakdown felt across the country and around the world today. It narrates the story and philosophy of CRI , an organization founded in Shreveport, Louisiana. In the places where it has taken root, people build new friendships and begin to restore the bonds that sustain communities so that they thrive. Crime rates plummet. People come out of their homes and grow connections with their neighbors. They become active, caring participants in their societies.

The late Millard Fuller, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity, once described CRI as “the premier community renewal building model in the nation,” and his wife and co-founder Linda Fuller writes, “Mack McCarter shares the courageous steps he took to fuse love and caring into relationships, using the best elements of society to improve neighborhoods, cities and our futures.”

The book tells the story of how McCarter returned to his home town of Shreveport after many years as a pastor in Texas. He found a city that was racially divided and suffering from violence. With a small group of like-minded people, he intentionally and proactively began engaging with people in the city's most violent and dangerous neighborhood. Over time, studying the history of the rise and fall of civilizations and applying that research to the practical question of community renewal, he developed a replicable system. Today, Black and white, Republican and Democrat, men and women—all who have become part of the “We Care Team,” now over 50,000 strong, have remade entire neighborhoods and repaired the fabric of society.

This book tells exactly how others can join in this effort to remake our society, and why, for the sake of our shared future, they must. 

G. S. “Mack” McCarter is the Founder and Coordinator of Community Renewal International (CRI). Over the span of 25 years of work, there are now more than 50,000 “We Care” team members in all 50 states and 41 nations. Mack has been honored on behalf of CRI as a finalist for the prestigious $1M Opus Prize, with the laureate to be named on November 3, 2022. He has also been honored as the National Citizen of the Year from the National Conference on Citizenship, Social Entrepreneur of the Year from The Manhattan Institute, Louisiana Public Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from Texas Christian University, Distinguished Minister of the Year from Brite Divinity School, and Doctor of Letters (Honorary) by Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary. Mack also received the 2019-2020 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension.  Mack holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity School.

Tim Muldoon is a professor, scholar, and author or co-author of ten books, and editor of two others. He has been honored by the Catholic Press Association on multiple occasions, and was the 2017 recipient of the “Hearts on Fire” Spiritual Writing Award from the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, California. Tim holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College; a Master of Theological Studies degree from Emory University; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Catholic Systematic Theology from Duquesne University. He teaches in the Perspectives on Western Culture program at Boston College.

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