Even before the tragic presidential election season, Liz Wu understood that voting, without daily personal contribution to local community, is a hollow act. rEVOLTUIONin CINCY is Liz's call to action in four areas we personally control: how we spend our money, to whom we give our time, the impact of personal choices, and the power of our thoughts.
Great conversation with two local pastors who are changing the role of church in community: Rev. Rich Jones believes that becoming good neighbors will help transform both the surrounding community and his congregants, while Rev. Sherman Bradley is building an integrated congregation to tackle race and social justice issues.
So while whites surely need to find among themselves a whites-only role for ending racism, there is also a benefit to blacks and whites finding a collective purpose in addressing racism. Sebastian Junger’s recent book, Tribe, is about the power of collective purpose to not only transcend limitations like race, but to heal trauma.
Richard Asimus and Joan Hoxsey talk about co-housing community development at Hammond North condominiums, an emerging intentional community focused on building connections and sharing gifts among residents, who have the opportunity to tell their story at regular "community circles", which often feature special guests from outside the building who talk about critical social issues.
When the insurance company rep showed up and said it would pay for all of the damage caused by a recent storm, all the volunteers left happy. And why wouldn’t […]
They are change makers; story-tellers, urban farmers, dot connectors, movement builders, and innovators, cultivating knowledge, skills, and local resources to take the health of their communities into their own hands.
The summer of 2016 was a whirlwind for me...attending community events from Cincinnati to Denver to Washington to Detroit. T shirts and slogans were everywhere. What surprised me was the evidence I saw of a process of recovery, a process more substantial than the slogans. I witnessed America healing.
As pastor at New Life Covenant church in Wyoming, Sherman Bradley works “to address the racial, ethnic, gender and class divides in our nation and world”. As an African American pastor, his believes that his first job is to heal the divide between whites and blacks on Sunday mornings. Sherman believes that through religious self-segregation, we’ve lost the moral common ground that could bring us together to effectively address the deeper causes of community suffering.
It started with dinner, lead to a starring role in a Henna Night wedding ceremony, and ended with a visit to Texas to see a new friend, a Turkish Muslim woman who had spent a few years in Anderson Township before moving to San Antonio. How did a lifelong, white, Cincinnati local build such a unique and lasting friendship with someone so different? Because of a chain-reaction of relationship-building inspired by a surge of hate mail besetting Anderson back in 1998-99.
Tom Dutton asks: "Have we confused the proximity of class and ethnic populations with true community?"
Many people know about the Kennedy Arts Center. Around since 2004, granted money by the City to help get it started, and providing art classes in a beautiful house on Montgomery Road, the Center is a visible success story for the “arts as engagement” movement. But understanding how an old home healed a neighborhood will provide a master course in grass roots community building. Let’s look at a timeline of lessons any citizen activist can take from this story.
Urban Appalachians have a history that includes marginalization, being made fun of, even mistreated by police and school personnel. The people who came here from the mountains also brought with them many personal, family and community assets which have enriched the Cincinnati area in many ways. Most of our people have survived, even thrived in their new homeland.