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May it Be to Me

Advent is a season of believing for impossible things. In the midst of our weary, dark, and broken world, we wait for the fulfillment of the impossible: light will break through, oppression will cease, peace is possible, and salvation is imminent. This legacy of belief in the Church was mothered by the most unlikely of […]

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Wilderness

Over the past few months, I’ve been having an on-off conversation with my dear friend Katrina, who gave me permission to include some of her reflections here. For several years, Katrina had been confronted by a painfully unanswered prayer – the kind of unanswered prayer that disorients you. It can make you wonder if you […]

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Camino de Sueños: From Detroit to DC

Dear Familia, Since launching CCDA’s Camino de Sueños in Detroit on October 5th, I have been amazed at how powerfully I have sensed feelings of kinship and connectedness with others who are committed to walking with Dreamers until a new, clean Dream Act is passed by Congress. I have traveled to over a dozen cities […]

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Pay Attention: Hope is on the way!

Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with some friends and acquaintances.  Over the course of the meal, the conversation evolved into one regarding racial reconciliation, and how we, as the Church can engage in this divine, yet challenging, mandate. After several minutes of discussion, a well-intentioned brother of a significantly […]

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How do I post a job on the Job Board?

Check out the recent jobs on our CCDA Job Board. Member organizations all around the world utilize our Job Board to find great candidates who are passionate about Christian Community Development work. If you aren’t yet a member yet, become a member today. To post a job simply complete the following steps: Go to ccda.org Click “Member Resources” Click […]

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Locked in Solidarity and Reservoir Church

In the winter of 2015, a group of eight people gathered one evening during a blizzard at the chapel of Reservoir Church to hear the story of a friend of a friend who had been incarcerated. He shared about the trauma of separation from his family, the psychological toll of prison life, and the way […]

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is domestic violence awareness month. One in four women will suffer domestic violence in their lifetime according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). While domestic violence happens in every community and affects all people regardless of race, age, gender, religion, or socio-economic status, I was an unlikely victim. Raised on an Illinois […]

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Space limited for Market Solutions Breakfast on Fri. Oct. 6 at the CCDA National Conference in Detroit

Community economic development — implemented collaboratively, creatively and with justice — is critical to CCDA’s vision of flourishing communities. You are invited to breakfast, networking and inspiration for implementing CCDA Market Solutions in your community. Cost is $30 per person and includes full breakfast. Space is limited so get your tickets now. Our speakers are […]

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CCDA and Education Equity

I am the product of a private, 12 year Catholic education generously made possible by my aunt who was a former elementary school teacher in Cuba. When I started school, I spoke only Spanish and found no sympathy or consolation from my teachers in this English-only setting. This was par for the course on the […]

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Locked In Solidarity

Hebrews 13:1-3 reminds us to remember the prisoner as though we ourselves were in prison. We are told to remember and to identify with those who are in prison, waiting to be released, hoping to not be forgotten by those from whom they are separated. In our CCDA communities, we recognize the effects of mass […]

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DACA has been rescinded

Dear CCDA Familia, It is with deep sadness I share the news that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has been repealed. President Trump had the opportunity and the power entrusted to him by the American people to value human lives over political campaign promises and keep DACA in place. This misguided decision to […]

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Our Journey Toward Social Enterprise

When I think about the thousands of families in my city of Fresno that are affected by unemployment and the cycles of poverty entrenched in our systems, I reflect on Nobel Peace Prize recipient Mohammad Yunus’ famous words. Poverty is not created by poor people but by the system we have built, the institutions we […]

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