by Thomas F. Giardino, SM
In the new six-page Things Marianist on community building, Brother Thomas F. Giardino, SM, develops four principles that guided the thought and practical wisdom of Father Chaminade's world-changing approach to community. Coupled with this analysis is Brother Tom's experience of building Marianist community--both lay and vowed religious--for more than 45 years. One result of this historical, theological, and lived examination is Things Marianist, "What Are Chaminade's Principles for Community Building?"
To find out what these "principles" are and to read their practical implication for building the Reign of God in the Google era, order a personal copy or copies for your community. Reflection on this Things Marianist would make for a wonderful topic for a community meeting, and at a truly affordable price.
Are you looking for a way to use a Things Marianist for a community meeting or discussion group? We have the answer for you, and it is free. A complimentary issue of Talking Points (an electronic resource containing prayer, scripture, and reflection questions) related to the issue of Things Marianist you have purchased is available upon request (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"Maybe you have never used the term 'Chaminade' and 'Google' in the same sentence, but that was my experience while reading an issue of Fast Company magazine. The authors described 'the world's most innovative companies' and ranked Google number one. . . . If Fast Company were describing innovative religious movements in the 1820s, the Marianist Family would be in that number. William Joseph Chaminade, like Google, thinks on a scale of changing the world."
--Thomas F. Giardino, SM