Selma and White Mode...

This weekend I went to see the movie Selma.  It was a powerful, moving and heart wrenching movie.  I experienced so many emotions that I could never fully express. Warning – Spoiler Alert Ahead!  For me the most moving scene in the movie was when they returned to the Edmund Pettus bridge...

Evidence of Racism i...

  In a recent post I shared insights from Leroy Barber’s book: Red, Brown, Yellow, Black, White—Who’s More Precious In God’s Sight?: A call for diversity in Christian missions and ministry.  Barber makes a strong argument that our current understanding of Church missions...

The Enemy Within: In...

The greatest gift I received in 2014 was the encouragement to write my next book.  At the Sentralized conference last fall I met fellow writer Bex Barton.  Bex encouraged me to read “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” by Steven Pressfield. We...

5 Characters Found i...

I am working on my second book and I‘m taking a bit of a unique approach. I am crafting a fictional story that will paint a picture of how neighborhoods are transformed from the inside out. It has been a lot of fun coming up with my characters and figuring out how to weave their stories...

2014 A Year of Pruni...

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5 Several months ago, my friend Beth McMahon led our Thursday prayer group.  She invited us to meditate on John 15:5.   During that experience,...

The 3 Core Component...

“When we join together with our neighbors, we are the architects of the future that we want to live within. Groups of local people who have the courage to discover their own way can create a culture made by their own vision. It is a handmade, homemade vision.”  Peter Block and John...

Giving Back What?

My friend John Maher who is now the graduate of two of our ABCD learning cohorts, joins me again this week as our guest blogger.  John does not pretend to have this all figured out.  Like all of us, he is on a journey.  As the Sr. Pastor of a church, John is trying to figure out how to...

Is There Racism in C...

In my prior post on institutional racism, I shared insights from Racial Equity Institute which pointed to the power disparity in low income neighborhoods with the power being held by outside organizations and systems.  In this post, I will be sharing one example of how this disparity in power...

Power and Poverty – ...

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.”  Archbishop Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara   As we sat in a circle asking the question “How can we build a sense of community connectedness where neighbors know and...

Being Who You Are: ...

 “Everybody must learn this lesson somewhere—that it costs something to be what you are.”  Shirley Abbott All three of my girls are facing big decisions in the coming year.  Caitlin will graduate in May and must find a job in her field that will help her discern her vocational path. ...