September 20, 2017

Editor’s Note: Last month, CTC had the honor of hosting noted Civil Rights leader and pastor Rev. James Lawson for a special gathering of the Shalom Zones and our community supporters. In addition to his work during the height of the Civil Rights movement, Rev. Lawson...

August 11, 2017

Editor's Note: This month, we have a guest post by Amy Greil. Amy is a researcher and community developer from Wisconsin who recently spent several days visiting with us at CTC and experiencing our work. Here, she reflects on some of the things she learned...

From my fr...

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...

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...

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. 

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...

December 6, 2012

We’re hearing more and more of this economic and social shift afoot, what some are calling the great transition or the great turning. A critical field of action some have identified in this shift is that of what might be called the faith community or faith system. 

Ax...

December 5, 2012

While 1,000 people were coming and going during a back-to-school party at Treadwell Middle School in September, Anna Terry had a chance to speak with one of the security guards who works there. 

He grew up in The Heights and played basketball at Treadwell, he told h...