Resilient Communities

Wheel with religious symbols.

At Building Resilience we have been discussing the difficulty some have with the application of resilience Skills & Attitudes and how they apply when it comes to building community resilience. Most of us can define resilience as the ability to “bounce back from hard times”. We have at least a basic understanding, through personal experience, of how the Skills & Attitudes can be used to deal with challenges on an individual level. But it is important to recognize the application to communities as well.

This morning I read an article online that appeared in The Press of Atlantic City titled Stockton conference highlights resilience in face of violence against religious people by COLT SHAW Staff Writer. In it he states,

“In 2013, 17.4% of 5,922 “single-bias” hate crimes in the United States had a religious motivation, FBI statistics show. In 2017, 22% of 7,106 “single-bias” hate crimes had a religious motivation. Shootings at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in October and a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March and a bombing at a Catholic church in Sri Lanka on Easter drove home the reality of radicalization.”

The conference,  titled “Building Resilience in the New Threat Paradigm: Targeted Violence Against People of Faith, brought together leaders of many different faiths from Europe and the United States, law enforcement, and state and federal officials. For two days they listened to talks on prevention and resilience. Now, I did not attend these discussions but I would bet the farm that those discussions likely included making connections, communication, problem-solving, managing the strong emotions which result from such targeted hatred, building self-confidence, looking at the big picture, finding the purpose and meaning of life as a religious being, and, exploring ways of caring for oneself and others. This IS the community application of the Skills & Attitudes of resilience.

We monitor articles about resilience in the news daily and share what we find on our social media sites, primarily Facebook. You will find many examples in our news feed of community applications of the Skills & Attitudes of resilience that we speak of. We will soon add a section to our Resources page providing links to interesting Resilience Research articles.

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Charlene Fernald Moynihan