Home page of the Living Democracy program

Living Democracy brings together students and citizens to collaborate on issues of concern to Alabama communities. Coordinated by the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life, the project prepares undergraduate college students for civic life through living-learning experiences in the summer.  

July 23, 2019
Group brings men of different faiths together
Group brings men of different faiths together

I was invited to join a Bible Study that meets every Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. by Tom Maddox, a member of the Church of Christ. This Bible study group is attended by a variety of members of the community, including factory workers and retired folks. The most unique thing is that they come from a variety of denominations, each with unique convictions on aspects of the Bible.

By Whitt Watts
July 17, 2019
Two female pastors in Chatom share calling, friendship
Two female pastors in Chatom share calling, friendship

At the United Methodist Church and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Chatom, two women pastor and lead churches. Chatom UMC, 20 School St, is led by the Rev. Dr. Holly Morales. Cooper Lewis CME Church, 170 Martin Luther King Ave, and is led by the Rev. Hazel Kirksey.

By Melissa Dennis
July 16, 2019
Holderfield's hobby lights up the sky
Holderfield's hobby lights up the sky

Some people collect stamps in their free time. Others build model ships. Some people paint, read or watch TV. Mike Holderfield uses his free time to lob colorful explosives in the air.

By Jack West
July 15, 2019
Storyteller, musician draw crowd to Cricket Theatre
Storyteller, musician draw crowd to Cricket Theatre

Downtown Collinsville was packed Friday, July 12, with people all headed to the Cricket Theatre. About 80 people made their way to their seats to enjoy a 90-minute presentation from storyteller Dolores Hydock.

By Hannah White
July 15, 2019
Education program focuses on Native American history, culture
Education program focuses on Native American history, culture

The first thing I noticed on a visit to McIntosh Elementary was the striking poster of a Native American outside the classroom. For some reason, the poster captivated me. Looking back on it now, it seemed to greet me, and its presence foreshadowed the topic of conversation.

By Melissa Dennis