October 31, 2012

Typically, institutions committed to a community’s well-being begin by asking what’s wrong with a place. 


But the three thought leaders to join an upcoming Memphis conversation — John McKnight, Peter Block and Walter Brueggemann — choose not to take the route of proble...

October 30, 2012

When Cam Echols thinks of her work as the executive director of the Refugee Empowerment Program (REP), she speaks of a calling that motivates her to open arms to strangers planting new roots in her Memphis neighborhood.Welcoming a stranger is a calling of faith, she sa...

October 27, 2012

Their faces are honest and raw, at times looking withered and worn beneath the many lines of worry and sadness, but glints of hope sparkle in the corners of eyes that have witnessed the hardships of life on the streets. They are the Forgotten Faces of Memphis, captured...

October 25, 2012

The collaborative spirit among partners at The Commons on Merton is a wonderful thing to be a part of, says Rev. Billy Vaughan, but what really excites him is when he sees that spirit spill out onto the streets connecting all sorts of people and families in the diverse...

October 22, 2012

In Tennessee, more than 150,000 children are indirect victims of crimes committed by close family members. When a loved one goes to prison, they are virtually lost to their family, and the impact of that trauma is a very real burden upon communities.

For more than 20 ye...

October 19, 2012

Part way through an interview discussing his experience with urban renewal and community building, Christian Man, puts the journalist on hold.

“I’ve just got to deliver these groceries,” he says, and in the muffled distance he can be heard discussing the upcoming harves...

October 17, 2012

It’s completely reasonable to step back and view the Memphis neighborhood of Binghampton as a microcosm of the United States as a whole.It’s as diverse a community as you can find anywhere; a place where refugees from war-torn nations in Africa try to find footing in a...

October 15, 2012

Transformation is a familiar subject for pastor Billy Vaughan when he considers the evolution of the Everett Memorial United Methodist Church in Memphis’s Binghampton neighborhood.

He’s been tied to the church and the area for at least 15 years and has seen what happe...

October 15, 2012

Starting today, stories exploring the gifts and possibilities of Memphis neighborhoods will be posted on this site three times a week.

Amy Moritz, director of the Center for Transforming Communities (CTC), says stories of transformation abound in our local neighborhoo...