Third Place Ministry: A practice of listening and engaging in relationships in a preferred third place of gathering in a town, city, or neighborhood.
Third Place Ministry: To learn to listen and pay attention in neighborhood or community settings to what is happening in the lives of people.
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Community of Christ
1001 W. Walnut St.
Independence, MO 64050-3562
The third place
"The third place is a generic designation for a great variety of public places that host the regular, voluntary, informal, and happily anticipated gathering of individuals beyond the realms of home and work... The first place is the home - the most important place of all. It is the first regular and predictable environment of the growing child and the one that will have greater effect upon his or her development. It will harbor individuals long before the workplace is interested in them and well after the world of work casts them aside. The second place is the work setting, which reduces the individual to a single, productive role. It fosters competition and motivates people to rise above their fellow creatures. But it also provides the means to a living, improves the material quality of life, and structures endless hours of time for a majority who could not structure it on their own. The third place is a generic designation for a great variety of public places that host the regular, voluntary, informal, and happily anticipated gatherings of individuals beyond the realms of home and work...[The term] underscores the significance of the tripod and the relative importance of its three legs."
Ray Oldenburg, The Great Good Place, p. 16.

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