June 7, 2018

Rev. James Lawson has been one of the leading voices for Civil Rights and social justice in the world for more than five decades. He was also one of the visionaries behind the Communities of Shalom movement. 

In April, Rev. Lawson visited Memphis as part of a wee...

April 19, 2018

Editors Note: Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) is grounded in the belief that every Memphis neighborhood includes people who have dreams for their neighborhood and who are willing to invest themselves in those dreams. Throughout 2018 we will profile some of th...

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,...

June 28, 2016

Earlier this year, we posted that Jasmine Champion would be leaving CTC and her role as the first South Memphis Neighborhood Connector.

Since then, we have been very excited to have two new Neighborhood Connectors join our team. Ashley Black is the new Neighborhood Conn...

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...

February 2, 2016

A year ago, Center for Transforming Communities (CTC) set off to do something new. We began piloting a new program – a program that would stretch our organization in many ways, but one that we believed would have a dramatic impact on community and neighborhood developm...

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...