Thinking of Starting...

Starting any business is hard.  Starting a non-profit where you are totally dependent on the goodwill of others, is the hardest type of business to start.  Starting a Christian or other faith oriented non-profit is the hardest type of non-profit to fund. Yet, every month, I am approached by...

Gentrification ̵...

Gentrification – is it a dirty word?  I suppose it depends on who you ask. In his article titled, “These 7 Cities Expose Exactly What Gentrification Is Doing to America” Zak Cheney-Rice looks at the rapid reurbanization of American cities and the effects of gentrification.  He...

Howard Thurman’...

Howard Thurman (November 18, 1899 – April 10, 1981) was an influential African American author, philosopher, theologian, educator and civil rights leader. He was Dean of Chapel at Howard University and Boston University for more than two decades, wrote 21 books, and in 1944 helped...

Whose Voice Has Your...

In our “Shift” training, one of the final shift we look at is from relying on “outside experts” to amplifying “neighborhood voices” for justice.  Rev. John Maher has joined me again as guest blogger as he wrestles with putting these shifts into practice in his...

Write the Vision

For the past eight weeks, I have been walking with a group of more than 30 individuals through our Shift Curriculum.  This training is being hosted by Cornerstone Assembly of God and consists of individuals from several churches representing a number of different neighborhoods. The goal of...

Doing “With...

In our “Shift” training, one of the most difficult shifts is moving from doing “for” the community to doing “with” the community.  Rev. John Maher has joined me again as guest blogger as he wrestles with putting these shifts into practice in his own...

Burned Out? : Receiv...

Being the new kid at the Forge table, I was on my best behavior.  I was trying to fit into a new tribe where I did not know anyone and where I was not even sure I belonged.  I kept thinking someone was going to say, “Oh, I am sorry.  We thought you were someone else when we invited you to...

Shifting Past the Re...

Reverend John Maher received his Master of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in 1979 and his Doctorate of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1992.  He has more than 35 years ministry experience the majority serving as a Sr. Pastor.   John is currently the Vicar for St....

Leading With a Blind...

One of our core values at Embrace Richmond is “Sprit-led Adaptability.”  For us, it means learning to hold everything very loosely and following the Spirit wherever it may lead.  It often feels like leading with a blindfold on.  I spend countless hours on my porch praying, processing,...

What Do You See?

Over the past few weeks, I have been able to spend a lot of time at my favorite place on the planet – my cabin in the woods located in the middle of nowhere.  I have been there three times in the past month which is a record for me. On each of those three visits, I walked along the same...