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...

April 7, 2015

Amy took time this week to talk with Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss on the Thought Grenades series Leadership for the Common Good. She shares some details about our Communities of Shalom initiative and congregation-led community change in Memphis. 

To listen to the inte...

November 26, 2014

“I think that the whole project [The Commons on Merton] is making a difference in the neighborhood and whole community. Door of Hope is just a piece of that, but it is fun being a piece of a bigger whole and a bigger mission.”

This quote is from Andy Jacuzzi, Executive...

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 17, 2014

One of my favorite resources for Communities of Shalom is the book titled Building a People of Power by Robert Linthicum. Within the book, Linthicum gives a great introduction to a key concept that churches need to apply if they are serious about working for...

July 10, 2014

Not too long ago, I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Floridia Jackson, a Memphis native who has most recently become the Director of the Memphis School of Servant Leadership. Floridia has been active with this school for several years. She started off...

April 15, 2014

I had the opportunity to shadow Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) Director, Amy Moritz, on a Friday afternoon in February in the South Memphis Shalom Zone. In the prior week I had begun learning about the community group capacity building and sustainable social...