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

Projects are opportunities to leverage assets — physical, financial, theological and relational 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 helping the congregation explore models of creative repurposing in order to activate underutilized space for the benefit of the wider community.


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.

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 is offering a free Zoom-based series featuring conversations between cofounder Daniel Pryfogle and pastor and counselor Rick Mixon, who will explore the challenge and opportunity of institutional death through a rich composting of theology, psychology and personal history. Learn more.


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


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