September 28, 2016

The theme of the 2016 Community Change Institute (CCI) hosted by the Tamarack Institute is “Disruption.” 

The word disruption can evoke a mixed set of emotions.  On one hand it may evoke anxiety.  As Mark Cabaj shared in his introduction at CCI, we, humans, are har...

September 27, 2016

The Tamarack Institute is a keen, thoughtful, and deep observer of how community change happens at the beginning of the 21st century, while also being participants in, and facilitators of, that community change.

Through the generosity of the Assisi Foundation of Memphis...

August 30, 2016

What role can neighborhoods play in education?

This question was top of mind when, in early 2015, Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) and our Shalom Zone partners began focusing on education in three Memphis neighborhoods: South Memphis, Highland Heights, and Hick...

March 4, 2016

Sometimes I get strange looks when I tell people where I work. “Center for Transforming Communities? So that’s what you do? Transform communities?” they’ll ask, with raised eyebrows. 

Well, yes. And not exactly.

In the time I’ve been here, I’ve learned that a lot of thou...

October 21, 2015

When I was first invited to be part of what would become Center for Transforming Communities (CTC), the organization had few financial resources.  It did, however, own an old church building that was on the market and listed for more than $500,000.

While the organizatio...

July 1, 2015

Note: This is the second in a series of blog posts describing lessons learned during our time with DeAmon Harges and Mike Mather of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. To read the first post, a reflection on Acts 3:1-10 and the importance of “looking inte...

June 2, 2015

Last week, CTC hosted a special Lunch and Learn session inspired by the recent Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) conference in Memphis. Through the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, two of our Shalom Zone Neighborhood Connecto...

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...

November 12, 2013

In China's culture the thought is often articulated through the concept and practice of feng-shui  -the system that governs spatial arrangements to create a sense of energy or aura. It is believed that when arranged properly with the necessary elements in the most appr...