How to remake the world neighborhood by neighborhood

Community Renewal International (CRI) founder and scholar Tim Muldoon describe a movement that can revolutionize the way cities deal with social division, crime and despair.

MARYKNOLL, New York — When GS “Mack” McCarter returned to his hometown of Shreveport, LA, after many years of pastoring in Texas, he found a racially divided city wracked by violence and dysfunction. So he and some friends decided they would start knocking on doors to systematically build a network of care that would reshape the city.

Twenty-five years later, the movement McCarter started in his Shreveport constituency has become Community Renewal International (CRI). in the How to reshape the world neighborhood by neighborhood, co-written with Tim Muldoon, McCarter tells the story of how CRI became a beacon of renewal that others are emulating in cities and communities across the United States and Africa. Here today, black and white, Republican and Democrat, male and female—all who have become part of the We Care Team, now numbering over 50,000 members, have begun to reshape their communities and repair the fabric of society .

The late Millard Fuller, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity, once described CRI as “the leading model for community building in the nation,” and his wife and co-founder Linda Fuller writes, “Mack McCarter shares the bold steps he has taken Merge love and caring with relationships and harness the best elements of society to improve neighborhoods, cities and our future.”

How to reshape the world neighborhood by neighborhood shows exactly how others can join this effort to reshape our society and why they must do so for the sake of our common future.

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S. “Mack” McCarter is the founder and coordinator of Community Renewal International (CRI). He was honored on behalf of CRI as National Citizen of the Year by the National Conference on Citizenship, Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Manhattan Institute, Louisiana Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Texas Christian University, Distinguished Minister of the Year from the Brite Divinity School and Doctor of Letters (Honorary) from Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary. Mack also received the 2019-2020 Lumen Christi Award from Catholic Extension. Mack holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Texas Christian University and a Masters of Divinity from the Brite Divinity School.

Tim Muldon is a professor, researcher, and author or co-author of ten books and editor of two more. He has received multiple honors from the Catholic Press Association and received the 2017 Hearts on Fire Spiritual Writing Award from the Loyola Institute for Spirituality in Orange, CA. Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Boston College; a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University; and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University. He teaches in the Perspectives on Western Culture program at Boston College.

How to reshape the world neighborhood by neighborhood

ISBN 978-1-62698-500-1 softcover 162 pp. $20.00 Release date: November 3, 2022

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