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Is your membership up to date?

The deadline for our “grandfathered membership” (those who were already members during our recent transition to our new structure) renewals is coming up on April 30th. If you’ve already gotten your login information you can check your account status and renew here. If you think you are a member, but can’t remember the last time […]

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Christ the Convict

As we enter into Holy Week I hope we don’t miss the importance of Christ being a prisoner. Jens Soering, in The Convict Christ, reflects on this outrageous and intentional decision, “When God chose to take on human flesh, he did not become a priest or a monk, a king or a general, a poet […]

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Great video highlighting #ccdaDETROIT

We anticipate another life-giving gathering in 2017. Each year, conference speakers, workshops, site visits and conversations with like-minded people cultivate an environment where attendees are inspired and retooled. We hope to facilitate a safe place for honest conversation, thoughtful engagement, worship, and rest among a group of truly diverse attendees. We are grateful for the […]

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Register today for #ccdaDetroit

We are thrilled the CCDA National Conference will be hosted in Detroit, October 4–7, 2017.  Resilience is the ability to bounce back from life and ministry’s extraordinary challenges, and is grounded in life-giving relationships. How are the followers of Jesus to grow in the resilience needed to sustain a call to practice Christian Community Development? […]

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The Liminal Space

It had already been a long day at work in Akron, Ohio, when part of our staff gathered together in the back room of the Front Porch building for a strategic planning meeting. Though our days had all looked different, all of us had been embodying our mission at South Street Ministries: “Unlikely partners taking […]

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John-Mark Hart’s Story

For a couple of decades I’ve been watching my friends and neighbors suffer due to our nation’s broken immigration system. I was slow—inexcusably slow—to join the work of changing this system. But over time the accumulation of painful memories became too substantial for me to ignore, especially the memories of my friend José. About nine […]

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I walk for my son

We walked into the apartment and the air was thick and stood still. Everyone sat frozen, avoiding our eyes. His sister stared at the television, his step-dad worked vigorously at a spot on the table. His mom was the only one… eyes locked. “Ven, siéntate, necesitamos hablar,” she managed. He grabbed a banana off the […]

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Chauncey Shillow’s Story

Abre tu boca por los mudos, por los derechos de todos los desdichados.” — Proverbios 31:8 I met Evelyn when she walked into my theatre class five and a half years ago. At that time, I did not know how much she would give to me, those students, or their school. Now I know that […]

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Brad and Kim Bandy’s Story

We’re in a world where phrases like ‘elevator pitch’ and ‘return on investment’ land deeper than business plans and seep into our spiritual beings. We find ourselves surfing the waves of social issue to social issue—trying to stay afloat, never letting ourselves be immersed with the understanding that every ‘issue’ is made up of the […]

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