August 10, 2018

Today, I received a commitment card in the mail! It completely surprised me.  I am accustomed to handing these out at Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) events, but I am not used to being given one and invited to think deeply about the commitment that a conferen...

July 2, 2018

Editors Note: Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) is grounded in the belief that every Memphis neighborhood includes people who have dreams for their neighborhood and who are willing to invest themselves in those dreams. Throughout 2018 we will profile some of th...

June 15, 2017

Last Saturday, I needed to do the impossible. I needed to be in four places at once.

Four Shalom Zones had events taking place at roughly the same time that day, and I had committed myself to attend each one. While I couldn’t actually be in four places at the same time,...

May 8, 2017

Photo credit: Peri Gildersleeve

One of the most important things you can do if you want to build community is find ways to help your neighbors talk to each other. I know this may seem obvious, but it can be so easy to not talk to each other. We live within a culture tha...

June 28, 2016

In March 2016, Ashley Black joined the CTC team as the new South Memphis Neighborhood Connector. Here, Ashley tells us a little about herself and her connections to South Memphis. 

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from?

Well, I'm a Memphian. I grew...

On November 6, 2015, the Center for Transforming Communities hosted an evening of celebration recognizing the 5th anniversary of several of the Midsouth Shalom Zones. In 2010, CTC assisted with the formation of four Shalom Zones: The Mason Caregivers, The Corners of Hi...

December 9, 2015

 Meet some of the people who make up the Binghampton Shalom Zone. Established in 1999, the Binghampton Shalom Zone is one of the oldest Shalom Zones in Memphis. 

November 24, 2014

Camela Echols Blackmon, known as “Cam,” is a native Memphian. She got her start working as a social service director for the United Methodist Neighborhood Centers running a thrift store and distributing food baskets and clothes to those in need. Although she worked wel...

November 17, 2014

There are 21 stained glass windows at The Commons. It’s one of the perks of working here. Walking along corridors, up stairwells, into and out of the old sanctuary – Just about everywhere I go there are stained glass windows.

Sometimes in the late afternoon the light...

July 19, 2014

Sometimes broken, sometimes weary
But we come

Binghampton United Methodist Church

Sharing the value of the human experience
We come

We come bringing our gifts with prayers we lift
Our hearts to one another

Laying aside our titles, moving beyond our age, gender, race,...