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San Antonio, TX 78205

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Staff

  • Melody Woosley
    Director
  • Edward Gonzales
    Assistant Director
  • Jessica Dovalina
    Assistant Director
Glossary of Terms
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Affirm
repeating and relaying the validity of the other person’s values. Establishes mutual respect
Asset-Based Approach
problem-solving method that emphasizes uses internal resources first
Civic Engagement
community participation in government programs and events
Challenges in Working with Faith-Based Organizations
lack of government collaboration experience, (un)willingness to compromise, need to compete with secular organizations for money, high variation of faiths to represent, differing levels of preference for community interaction
Challenges in Working with Government Agencies
maintaining autonomy as a faith-based organization, the risk of being overshadowed by larger congregations (especially those with only a handful of places on our list: Native American Churches, Sikh, etc.), perception that government will utilize acquired information against the faith community
Church
a place for Christian worship
Communicate
engage in open and truthful dialogue with intentions to understand both sides and the situation as a whole
Community Resilience
the thriving and bouncing back (and forward) from environmental and social shocks
Compassion
the feeling of sympathy for and desire to help those less fortunate
Congregation
a gathering place for religious worship/spiritual expression
Convening Contacts
on-going and growing list of registrants and attendees from Faith-Based Initiative Seasonal Convenings
Coordinating Bodies
larger bodies that support their member congregations
Counter
provide context and evidence for your argument, especially when proving there is a problem that must be dealt with
Ecumenical/Inter-Faith Organization
comprised of a variety of Christian churches. One of four types of Faith-Based Organizations.
Empowerment
installment of confidence to go beyond current situations and accomplish more than initially thought
Faith-Based Organization (FBO)
a social services provider that is grounded in values established by a given religion or spiritual following. For the Faith-Based Initiative, this foundation is found in the various religions and spiritualties in and around San Antonio
Faith-Based Organization Funding Base
tends to be primarily from within themselves or peers as opposed to grant or governmental funding, as found in secular counterparts.
Holistic
dealing with a matter as a whole, as opposed to various parts
Interfaith
dealing with a variety of religions and spiritualties
Isomorphism
the process by which a religious organization becomes secularized via outside influences (mainly governmental)
Liaison
a link between two or more parties established to aid communication
Needs-based approach
problem-solving method that emphasizes getting needs settled, often using external sources
Networking
creating connections and establishing future contact points for future reference
Opportunities in Working with Faith-Based Organizations
greater community trust, vital role in caring for their communities as service-providers and support systems, important input from within the neighborhoods, deeper relationships and engagements, collaboration and education for both sides (civic leadership and faith leadership)
Opportunities in Working with Government Agencies
access to more resources and influential city officials, can aide in policies to support various faiths and religions
Partnering
creating connections and contact points, has greater emphasis on present work and collaboration
Performance-based approach
a problem-solving method that emphasizes end results over how the results occur
Regional resilience
see community resilience
Relational Competence
the capacity to develop shared goals/knowledge & mutual respect
Relational Coordination
communication designed to improve task integration, performance, and client/worker morale
Relational Coproduction
extension of shared goals/knowledge & mutual respect to customers to optimize
Relational Education
learning via peers and shared knowledge, as opposed through a typical teacher-student relationship
Relational Interventions
methods to disrupt/transform existing relationship patterns
Relational Leadership
creating shared goals/knowledge & mutual respect with/among others
Relational Space
a space in which it is safe to admit what you don’t know & learn from others
Relationship
a strong and mutually desired connection between two or more entities
Religiosity
a strong religious attachment/belief
Religious Proselytizing
the attempt to convert someone into a given religious/spiritual belief
Religious Understanding
the respect and empathy towards others with differing beliefs
Resilience
the ability to recover from a setback quickly. For the Faith-Based Initiative, this “bounce-back recovery” is met with a “bounce-forward” effect
Secular
not grounded in or affiliated with established religious or spiritual followings or guidelines
Structural interventions
methods to ensure persistence of new patterns & undoing of old patterns
Subgoal optimization
optimizing one’s goal at the expense of the broader goal
Transform
creating solutions to aforesaid problems, establishing a sense of change and purpose
Work process interventions
methods to ensure relationship patterns are rooted in the work
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