Resilience is the ability to keep going. 

In ecology resilience is defined as  "... the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change so as to still retain essentially the same function, structure, identity, and feedbacks" (1).  

Communities provide the main context for resilience. A community is “An assemblage of living organisms occurring together in an area” (2). Our communities of faith are communities within the larger communities where they are located.  

The organization Resilience offers a large and varying amount of thought provoking information, concepts, strategies, educational programs on its website. It describes itself as "...a community library with space to read and think, but also as a vibrant café in which to meet people, discuss ideas and projects, and pick up and share tips on how to build the resilience of your community, your household, or yourself." 

Foundations of resilience from the organization Resilience (3). 


All of the above are actually manifestations of faith and can be addressed within the context of faith.

(1) Walker, B., C. S. Holling, S. R. Carpenter, and A. Kinzig. 2004. Resilience, adaptability and transformability in social–ecological systems. Ecology and Society 9(2): 5. 

(2) Access Science

(3) Resilience, Six Foundations of Community Resilience