Compassionate Church Response

A Compassionate Church Response

A Compassionate Church Response In the first article of this series, I presented an overview of a framework for responding to human needs that I am calling the Five Circles of Christian Compassion (see here). In a previous article, we overviewed personal compassion as the first circle of the model (see here). This article focuses on the compassionate response to when we come together as a church. This second circle of Christian response requires a church to proactively engage in a dialogue about ... Read more

Practicing Compassionate Public Policy

Practicing Compassionate Public Policy Five circles of Christian compassion are the foundation stones of faith-based community service.  This article series discusses public policy as the fifth circle of compassion. Part one of the series outlined the biblical foundations of Christian involvement in public policy (here). Part two described the historical basis for Seventh-day Adventist involvement in political issues (here). This article concludes the series by offering concrete ideas for practicing compassionate public policy. I would like to be very clear what a Christian response to public policy is ... Read more
Four Principles Compassion and Public Policy

Four Principles of Seventh-Day Adventist Compassion and Public Policy

Four Principles of Seventh-Day Adventist Compassion and Public Policy This article is part of a series on the Five Circles of Christian Compassion and continues the conversation of how Christian compassion includes involvement in public policy. In the last blog article, we introduced the concept of dual citizenship, the idea that we are responsible for living both as citizens of the earthly kingdom and maintaining our allegiance to God's kingdom. We are called to demonstrate the kingdom values of justice and equity in ... Read more
public policy compassion

Christian Compassion and Public Policy

Christian Compassion and Public Policy This article continues the discussion of the five circles of Christian compassion and explores the outermost circle of Christian compassion and public policy. Solutions for complex societal problems require the coordinated efforts of individuals, churches, organizations, and the government. This coordinated work includes developing and implementing public policies to address the root causes of social problems. As citizens in a participatory democracy, we have a responsibility to help shape policy initiatives. Even more so, Christian compassion demands ... Read more
Practice of Christian Compassion

The Practice of Christian Compassion

In the first article of this series, I presented an overview of a framework that I am calling the Five Circles of Christian Compassion. In this article, I want to start digging deeper into the structure, beginning with the first circle of personal compassion.  Many reading this article already practice compassion in their everyday walk of faith. If this is you, I encourage you to leave your story in the comments section below. Faith comes alive as we tell our stories. ... Read more
Circles of Compassion

Five Circles of Christian Compassion

Five Circles of Christian Compassion Poverty and homelessness are complex issues and for those of us in Community Service work, that complexity requires us to think about five circles of Christian compassion. At the center of each circle are our Christian values and at the outer edge of each circle are the boundaries of our compassion. Understanding the circles of compassion help us develop a Christian response and frees us from the paralysis of being unsure of the “right” and “wrong” action ... Read more
Beginnings of a Community of Service

Beginnings of a Community of Service

Beginnings of a Community of Service Welcome to our new blog, Building a Community of Service. As a faith-based nonprofit, Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) serves those living on the edge of poverty. We are launching this blog as a place of learning, strategy, and inspiration for those involved in faith-based community service ministries. As this blog grows, our goal is to learn together by furthering our understanding of poverty and how churches and other faith-based groups can respond to those in ... Read more