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2017 CCDA National Conference Networking

CCDA is all about relationships, and networking is one of the best ways we know to build community around common concerns, contexts and ministry interests. As we continue to bring Detroit 2017 together, we are inviting CCDA members to submit a proposal for either private or open networking sessions to further strengthen our connections with each other.

We are always looking for collaborative ways to live out our shared mission:  To inspire, train and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities.

The deadline for submitting networking ideas has passed.


Networking Opportunities

Jobs for Life – Leader Gathering

Room: Duluth B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Are you leading or volunteering with a Jobs for Life (JfL) ministry in your community or wanting to learn how to get involved? This networking session will give you an opportunity to meet with other JfL leaders and volunteers from around the country (and world), hear stories of how God is working through His Church and JfL, and ask questions and get advice from fellow leaders. This will also be a great chance for those new to JfL to learn more about the mission and how to involved with JfL in their community.


Reformed and Reforming: A Gathering for Justice-Seekers

Room: Joliet B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

This session, sponsored by World Renew and the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice, offers an opportunity for advocates to connect and learn from each other, particularly relating to the issues of restorative justice, creation care, and immigration. Bring your own dinner to eat while we network.


Greater Grand Rapids Local Network

Room: Brule A & B
Time: 9:00-10:00 PM

Networking opportunity for people in the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Attendees will learn about the official CCDA local network for Greater Grand Rapids.

Good Jobs & Financial Stability: Helping Without Hurting in Communities

Room: Joliet B
Time: 7:00-8:15 AM

Maintaining dignified work and healthy household finances are essential for families in poverty to flourish. Yet, empowering jobs training and financial education among low-income learners is a process mired in complex obstacles. Come network with other CCD practitioners interested or involved in these economic development ministries. We’ll share best practices in what works well in jobs readiness training and financial education, as well as name challenges and share questions. Church and nonprofit practitioners at all levels of experience are welcome! (Continental breakfast provided)


Strategies for Embrace: Reassessing the Church’s Relationship with the LGBT+ Community

Room:  Mackinac East
Time: 7:00-8:15 AM

Participants will gather to dream and strategize ways that the Church can embrace, care for, and collaborate with the LGBT+ community on the issues that most affect the community. Participants will discuss how to create hospitable safe spaces within the Church as well as how to engage issues of justice affecting the LGBT+ community outside of the Church.


Urban Education Professionals

Room:  Duluth B
Time: 7:00-8:15 AM

This networking session gives professors, administrators, teachers, and trainers the opportunity to learn from each other through discussion of their research and experience in the field of Community Transformation. Best practices in the area of mentoring the next generation of leaders will also be explored.

Advocacy: Building resilience, ending hunger

Room:  Renaissance West Foyer
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice calling on national decision-makers to help end hunger in God’s world. Churches are doing everything possible but ending hunger is something that all Americans should help to do. Congress is now considering cuts to anti poverty programs that would mean that each congregation/church in the U.S. would need to raise $714,000 more per year to make up what low income families would loose in help. Join with church and community leaders to support one another in being stronger advocates for struggling families at home and abroad.


CCDA Detroit Practitioners Gathering

Room:  Richard B
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM


Criminal Justice Gathering with Shane Claiborne

Room: Renaissance West Foyer
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Join Shane Claiborne and the Equal Justice USA Evangelical Network to dialogue about a criminal justice system that heals instead of harms. We will think through opportunities for Evangelicals to lead the way toward a better criminal justice system and a world without the death penalty.


Grant Funding for Youth Sports Ministry, CCDA Style

Room:  42 Degrees North
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM


Greater New Orleans

Room: Renaissance East Foyer
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

CCDA NOLA has gathered monthly since hosting the National Conference in 2013 in order to support and encourage churches, organizations, and individuals in Christian Community Development. Join us as we seek to strengthen our Local Area Network of CCDA NOLA.


Jubilee Impact Fund

Room:  Renaissance East Foyer
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Connecting community enterprises with financial investors to provide information and invite them into relational partnerships for business development and community transformation.


Market Solutions for Community Transformation

Room:  Joliet B
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

To gather people integrating CCDA principles in economic development, entrepreneurship, job creation, and employment. We will share introductions and brief highlights and will explore together how CCDA can best support our initiatives.


Professionals Working in the Field of Trauma, Addictions, and Mental Health

Room:  Duluth B
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Gather with trauma, mental health, & addiction professionals in order to support each other from the unique perspectives of both faith and field and to discuss issues that balance both CCD and professional practice.


Teaching and Research on Community Development

Room:  Cadillac B
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

If you teach, study, or research community development at the university or graduate level (or if you plan to in the future!), join us to talk about research and pedagogy and best practices in connecting universities and seminaries with local communities.


Texas Christian Community Development

Room:  Duluth A
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

This networking session provides an opportunity for organizations and practitioners in Texas to meet, learn from one another, and collaborate together. Participants will share best practices from their settings (large urban settings to rural communities) and create a network in order to strengthen the voice of CCD organizations in Texas when advocating to city and state leaders.


 

CCDA Economic Justice Initiative

Room:  Marquette B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

When your organization is financially sustainable you can spend more of your time and energy creating impact. When the small businesses in your community are profitable and sustainable they create jobs, contribute to your community and grow the economy. We will help you with both! As part of our global commitment to economic justice, 100 CCDA members will be chosen to receive $10,000 in strategic support (for free!) AND all of you are invited to work with us to give the small businesses in your community the same opportunity. Join us for a fun gathering and get involved!


Connecting United Methodists Engaged in Community Development

Room:  La Salle A
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Are you a United Methodist engaged in Community development? Do you partner with a United Methodist Congregation in your community? Was your organization started by a United Methodist Church? The Community Developers Program (CDP) of the United Methodist Church wants to connect with you during this networking session.


Evangelical Covenant Church – Family Reunion

Room:  Meet at Motor Lobby for bus
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Join us for an evening of delicious Mexican fare and connecting with ECC friends and colleagues. We will be graciously hosted by Covenant Pastor Ara Koliantz and his church family: Messiah Church (an Evangelical Covenant Church) at 3816 Toledo Street, Detroit 48216. RSVP at: lmdj@covchurch.org. A shuttle will provide pick-up at 4:30pm at the hotel main entrance: Renaissance Center Drive West. There are 48 seats available on the bus, first come first served. Bus will provide drop-off service as well. For onsite questions regarding the bus please text Cheryl Lynn Cain at 630-888-5553.


LAUNCH Private Networking Dinner (invitation only)

Room:  Joliet A
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Learn about LAUNCH’s unique entrepreneur support initiative that positively impacts high unemployment areas across the country (invitation only).


Mi Familia Sana: How Should We Address Disparities of Well-being with Latino Families?

Room:  Nicolet B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

We invite you to come to this networking session to discuss the emergence, best practices and gaps of mental health needs with Latino families.


Meet-and-Greet & Book Signings with CCDA Member Authors

Room:  Richard B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM


Spiritual Metrics

Room:  Duluth A
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

As CCD practitioners who strive to be faithful with the resources God has provided, how can we measure their impact and evaluate the effectiveness of our work? Metrics have long been used in sectors like education and health, but are the measures equitable or are they part of the systemic injustice? Christians are called to love their neighbors and share the hope that is within them. Can love and hope be measured? Join the conversation with others that are interested in considering these questions and sharing best practices for evaluation that also fully trusts in the direction Holy Spirit.king session.


The Cities We Need: Connecting with World Evangelical Alliance, Micah International, and Congress on New Urbanism around Resilient Cities

Room:  Nicolet A
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Networking with CCDA, WEA, Micah International, and CNU around resilient cities and faith communities’ role in implementation.


The Deacon Role in Community Development

Room:  Duluth B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Doing Our Part to End Hunger

Room:  Duluth B
Time: 7:00-8:15 AM

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice calling on national decision-makers to help end hunger in God’s world. Churches are doing everything possible but ending hunger is something that all Americans should help to do. Congress is now considering cuts to anti poverty programs that would mean that each congregation/church in the U.S. would need to raise $714,000 more per year to make up what low income families would loose in help. Join with church and community leaders to support one another in being stronger advocates for struggling families at home and abroad.


Market Solutions Breakfast (pre-registration required)

Room:  42 Degrees
Time: 7:00-8:15 AM

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. Our time together will include an introduction to CCDA’s Market Solutions initiative as well as impactful speakers who are living out the CCDA Market Solutions vision in their communities. Our keynote speakers are Pamela Moore, CEO of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation (DPSF), and Ryan VerWys, CEO of Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF).


Sharing Affordable Housing Initiatives: Development, Preservation, and Policy Work

Room:  Joliet B
Time: 7:00-8:15 AM

To bring together affordable housing practitioners and organizers that have helped to create policy to support affordable housing, in order to share both successes and initiatives that have not been as successful, so that we may grow and learn from each other, be encouraged, avoid pitfalls, and discern some best practices during our time together.

A Time of Lament for African Americans

Room:  Mackinac West
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM


Asian American Networking

Room:  Duluth A
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

The Asian American networking session seeks to connect Asian Americans in the CCDA movement in order to build relationships and community.


CCDA Global Connections

Room:  Joliet B
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Are you significantly invested or interested in Christian Community Development work outside of the United States? Please join our global connections community to build relationships, network with existing work around the world, learn from CCD practices in other contexts, and give input into how CCDA can most practically engage overseas. Sheryl Haw, the director of Micah Global, CCDA’s international partner, will be present to share about the worldwide CCD/Integral Mission movement and answer any questions. Bring your own lunch to eat while we network.


Fuller Connections

Room:  Granite City Brewery
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Come to gather and connect with Fuller alums, students, faculty, and staff. Hear and learn from ministries doing amazing Kingdom work in the city of Detroit.  $10 lunch box, if you order ahead.


Sharing Strengths to Reach Immigration Reform

Room:  Richard B
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

To bring together affordable housing practitioners and organizers that have helped to create policy to support affordable housing, in order to share both successes and initiatives that have not been as successful, so that we may grow and learn from each other, be encouraged, avoid pitfalls, and discern some best practices during our time together.


Social Enterprise as a Faith-Based Initiative

Room:  Renaissance East Foyer
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Connect with other CCD workers immersed or interested in social enterprise as a way to engage relationships and build supportive communities. Share your model, your goals, and talk about how we can stay in touch to learn from one another as we help grow meaningful organizations.


The Early Christian Option: Building Strong Communities

Room:  Duluth B
Time: 11:45-1:00 PM

Interested in building stronger communities in your neighborhood? The Bruderhof, publishers of Plough Quarterly magazine, have been living in Christian community for nearly 100 years. Bruderhof members want to hear about your successes and challenges, and share their experiences in communal life. In addition to making new friendships, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a new partnership with Plough Quarterly to build community in your area.

Are You – or Do You Want to Be – A Lifestyle Practitioner?

Room:  Joliet A
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

A connection time for those sojourners not necessarily on a church or mission staff or for those who might be at a church unfamiliar with CCDA concepts. Come meet with others choosing to integrate CCD principles into their everyday life.


Baxter Child Development Center

Room:  LaSalle B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

To promote conversation and process information for the staff of Baxter CDC.


CCDA Regional Networks in SoCal and Border Southwest

Room:  Nicolet A
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Join is for encouragement of fellow CCDA partners & practitioners who minister in the Border Southwest Region. We will share ideas with fellow CCDA partners & practitioners that are specific to your ministry context along the Border and in the Southwest, discussing regional needs, issues, and strategy.


DC Networking Session

Room:  Duluth B
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

The DC Networking session seeks to connect CCDA-minded people from the DC area to connect, build relationships, and discuss possible avenues for collaboration.


North Carolina Networking Session

Room:  Duluth A
Time: 5:30-6:45 PM

Meet other CCDA practitioners in North Carolina and learn about initiatives around CCDA Local Networks in regions throughout NC.

Women of Color

Room: Meet at the Marriott Concierge Desk
Time: 7:30-9:00 AM

Women of color have a distinct role in our communities to create spaces of empowerment and righteousness. We are the most effected by structures of injustice and yet we are the ones who can galvanize our neighborhoods. If you are a woman of color who works leads in and beyond your neighborhood in community development join us! We will enjoy a “cafecito” and some treats and connect with one another in this unique time.

Meet up location: Concierge Desk, Marriott. Because space is limited to 25, please click here to register today


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