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. ...

Thoughts on the Ferg...

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo I grew up in a small town in Texas that was predominately white. There were only a few African American families in our whole county.  I never had any black friends or paid any attention to issues of...

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...