April 12, 2018

For nearly a decade, Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) has engaged with neighborhood leaders through a program called Communities of Shalom. Communities of Shalom connects neighbors, encourages them to share their gifts with each other, invites them to learn to...

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...

March 14, 2017

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a remembrance service marking the 125th anniversary of one of the most tragic and horrific events in Memphis history: the lynching of three African-American operators of The People’s Grocery.

In 1892, three men – Calvin McDowel...

December 29, 2016

On Tuesday, November 29, CTC's Executive Director, Amy Moritz, attended a reception celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Hyde Family Foundations. There, she was awarded with the first ever Henry Varnell Prize in Servant Leadership, a prize established to recognize "...

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving is a special holiday. And not just because of the food, family, or football. There’s something about it that, I think, makes it stand out from our other major holidays.

Setting aside the story about the Native Americans and Pilgrims for a second, we know th...

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...

August 23, 2016

Editor's Note: Last fall, Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) provided grants to three Shalom Zones to help them implement projects to improve education in their neighborhoods. These were small grants, but we knew that even a small amount of resources in the hand...