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
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.
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
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.
Conversations on Sacred/Civic Placemaking
Amid the struggles of religious and civic institutions, third places are emerging, spaces to work out what it means to be neighbors and citizens and even creators of more just, equitable and sustainable communities. Is this a return to the church that doubles as town hall, the rediscovery of civil religion, or something else? This free Zoom series explores the convergence of civic engagement, community design and prophetic action with religious leaders, community organizers, developers, social entrepreneurs, architects and others. Learn more.