Read the Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography online article on Henry Bergh, by Mark Ferguson. At the bottom of the article, find links to more information.
The website of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals describes the organization's mission, current work and history, including biographical information about Henry Bergh.
Find a 1967 article on Bergh,"The Great Meddler" by Gerald Carson, on the website of American Heritage Magazine.
In this session, youth identify the communities to which they belong, such as family, neighborhood or town, your congregation, school, sports team, group of friends or even the global community. Ground your own definition of "community" before the session.
- Look at a theoretical article by Mark K. Smith in the encyclopedia of informal education which poses the question "What is community and why should educators be concerned with it?" The article suggests "community can be approached as a value, and as such it may well be used to bring together a number of elements, for example, solidarity, commitment, mutuality and trust."
- Robert Putnam's book, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000) illuminates contemporary social disconnection and suggests ways we can become better connected in our communities. His subsequent book, Better Together: Restoring the American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003), co-authored with Lewis Feldstein highlights models of community cohesion and spirit across the U.S.