Engaging religious communities and neighbors through education, consulting and placemaking.

Projects are opportunities to leverage assets — physical, financial, social and cultural resources — for the common good. As Sympara works with religious communities and neighbors, new possibilities emerge:

  • Solutions to loneliness and depression

  • Dialogue and discovery across belief and background

  • Public and private collaboration

  • Personal agency and communal power to effect change

  • Social capital maximized for social impact


Our current projects include:

Greenwood Forest Baptist Church

Cary, NC

Sympara is facilitating a church-wide discernment process to create a common vision for redevelopment of church property for social impact. The process will lead to a request for proposals for a development partner.


Pleasanton, CA​

Sympara is helping the nation's sixth largest nonprofit provider of senior housing and health care identify religious communities with properties suitable for development of workforce housing and other below-market-rate housing.

St. James Episcopal Church

Alexandria, LA

Sympara is taking a small group of lay leaders on an exploration of models of property reuse as the church considers how to best leverage its multiple parcels for social impact. 

Sympara Asset-Mapping App


Sympara has developed a web-based app that helps community leaders identify, map and connect resources to solve problems. The app is in beta mode. Take a test drive by signing up here

Aging for the Common Good


Sympara is hosting Zoom-based writing groups for older adults as they report on their lives with partner Senior Correspondent, sharing reflections essential to the well-being of individuals and society: the loss and discovery of identity through aging, the experience of aging in relationship to place, the evolution of a spirituality of aging, and the journey to embrace the role of elder. Learn more

Congregational Death/Community Life


Why is it so hard for congregations to just die? And is there anything to this "life from death" thing? Sympara's Zoom-based series features conversations between cofounder Daniel Pryfogle and pastor and counselor Rick Mixon, who explore the challenge and opportunity of institutional death through a rich composting of theology, psychology and personal history. Learn more.

In memory of Sympara cofounder Marcie "Sister Wildfire" Giarrizzo (1948-2019) and member Desmond Hoffmeister (1960-2016).


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