Advent is all about hope. Hope is that particular kind of waiting with expectation that refuses to be discouraged in the face of delay and detour. Each year during Advent we celebrate and stir hope in our hearts because the Promised One has come. Word became flesh and dwelled among us. Hope was no […]
Thanksgiving and lament, gratitud y lamento. The both/and of kingdom theology charges us with the need to inhabit both those spaces. As Christians, we see this contrast and presence in so many places throughout Scripture. One could even argue that the themes of thanksgiving and lament are the most compelling, timeless themes in Scripture.
Michael Mata, John Liotti and Mary Nelson recently represented CCDA at the Urban Shalom Project prelude to the UN Urban Habitat III gathering in Quito, Ecuador. The hope was to articulate the value added voice of Christians to the vision and work of just, sustainable cities at the UN Conference, a voice that has not […]
“I am CCDA.” “Dear Familia…” We use these phrases and descriptors a lot in our CCDA circles. Both reveal the essence of who we are as an association. I am CCDA, speaks to being a community of practitioners doing Christian community development. What you and I do as we live out the key components of […]
We are in the process of going through all the media created at the 2016 National Conference in LA. It was an exciting time and we are so excited to share it with you. Bookmark this page and come back as it will continue to be refreshed.
I just returned from a one day trip to Detroit where we began to solidify our host committee planning with local leaders in anticipation of our national conference in October of 2017. While there’s great excitement for next year, I want to take a moment to reflect on the Camino and the 2016 national conference […]
We are thrilled the CCDA National Conference will be hosted in Detroit, October 4–7, 2017. The people of Detroit are resilient. We consistently see the hardships of the city through the media, but we also know there are many gifts and assets in the city of Detroit. God is doing a good work, and we […]
CCDA is excited about the release of its first small group curriculum in 2017.
LECTURA: ISAÍAS 53:2b-4 (NVI)2 No había en él belleza ni majestad alguna; su aspecto no era atractivo y nada en su apariencia lo hacía deseable. 3 Despreciado y rechazado por los hombres, varón de dolores, hecho para el sufrimiento. Todos evitaban mirarlo; fue despreciado, y no lo estimamos.4 Ciertamente él cargó con nuestras enfermedades y soportó nuestros […]
Inspired by César Chávez and the Chicana/o civil rights movement of the 1960’s, I am walking El Camino to declare that Jesus loves and cares for immigrants, and that our broken immigration system desperately needs to be reformed. On March 17, 1966, Chávez and the farmworker community embarked upon a famous march from the […]
In 2013, I had the opportunity to participate in a public display of solidarity with my immigrant brothers and sisters on the lawn of Congress in Washington DC through the Fast 4 Families. I was almost a decade into my journey of understanding our broken immigration system in the context of the predominately Mexican neighborhood […]
As a middle class, suburban-dwelling, white girl, I did not meet immigrants or refugees in America until I sought out a narrative different from which I was raised.
This summer has been bittersweet. The bitter part of this summer has been losing family members. My Uncle Greg, my Tio Agustine, and my cousin Norma all passed away within weeks of each other. At my Tio Agustine’s funeral, I had the honor of meeting my 96-year-old Tia Concha. I also learned that my Tia […]
I am participating in the CCDA Camino because I cannot apathetically watch families be torn apart, laborers economically exploited, and entire people groups dehumanized and depicted as criminals. In the midst of such darkness, the Church is called to bear witness to the light, who is Jesus Christ. Christians have a moral responsibility to hold […]
Last summer, while visiting the States from our home (of seven years) in Guatemala, I was surprised to receive a phone call from Noel Castellanos. He shared with me a gripping vision that had laid hold of his mind and heart.