The pastoral circle, or spiral, is a four-step process that opens up dynamics for faith and action. The process--insertion, social analysis, theological reflection, and pastoral planning--can be applied to the life and actions of small Christian communities of all stripes. This is a valuable resource particularly for the animators of smaller groups.
Joe Holland is the author of The American Journey and numerous articles, pamphlets, and review. He is associate of the Center of Concern, where he concentrates on theology and social theory, labor movements, health, and family. Peter Henriot, S.J., formerly director of the Center of Concern, focuses his work on political economy of international development and on the social justice responses of the contemporary church.