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Deepening Community


Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health.

In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world. It’s up to us to create community. Born shows that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.

“For many years now, Paul Born has been among the most trusted, tender, and practical voices about how to create community. This beautiful book embodies each of those qualities and is a work to be used well and treasured for years to come.”

Margaret J. Wheatley, author of many books including Leadership and the New Science 


  • Book Club Guide Read this book with others and then come together for some great conversations. Here are some topics and questions for discussion.

  • 500 Voices - A Community Assessment Deepening Community was inspired by many people. Explore the process and results of surveying 500 people about their thoughts and insights about community.

  • Canadian Mennonite Feature Article Paul Born discusses investing in community, whether it's worth the investment, being alone vs. lonely, and how to experience the joy of togetherness.

  • The Story Behind the Book Paul shares the profound events that inspired him to write this book, to pursue a deepened sense of community in his life, and to encourage others to join him in making the world a better place.

  • Deepening Community with Chicken Soup Paul Born video  reading an excerpt from his book about how the act of bringing soup to your neighbor is the single most important thing people can do to make a difference in this world.

  • Neighbours Deepening Community Video This beautiful 4 minute rap video entitled Neighbours Deepening Community

  • Deepening Community Official video view the long version here was awarded First Place in the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations PLURAL+ International Jury in the 13-17 age category won first place at the United Nations