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“Our Work Is Change for the Sake of Justice”: Hope Community, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mary Farrell Bednarowski

in Religion and Healing in America

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195167962
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167962.003.0012
“Our Work Is Change for the Sake of Justice”: Hope Community, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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St. Joseph's Hope Community, an enterprise in Minneapolis, Minnesota that began as a homeless women's shelter, is a compelling example of some of the new forms that healing is taking in cities—healing, particularly, of neighborhoods whose earlier capacity to sustain a good, if not affluent, life for its residents has declined to a state that is not only lacking in basic necessities but dangerous. Overall, one of the main points of interest in the story of Hope as a generator of healing in the inner city is its constant attention to matters of self-understanding, public identity, and motivation. The community's essential strength is its capacity for candid self-critique that does not deteriorate into paralyzing self-denigration. Staff and neighbors alike are always willing to reassess and go in new directions. Hope wants to heal the traumas and divisions that cause so much suffering by offering hope in the urban core. Hope wants to do all these things for the sake of justice.

Keywords: St. Joseph's Hope Community; Minnesota; healing; justice; hope; self-understanding; public identity; motivation

Chapter.  4063 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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