We were twenty folks from eleven congregations in our neighborhood. Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, Quaker and members of a Mennonite intentional community. Half Black and half white.
With support from our PPF grant, for the last year-and-a half, I’ve been building and re-building relationships with pastors and faith leaders in our neighborhood, the Near Northwest of South Bend. We are one square mile, with 3,600 people (about 40% Black, 60% white), two schools, a great neighborhood bar and seventeen churches or faith ministries. We have one of South Bend’s highest concentrations of PhDs and high school drops in our square mile.
I’ve been pouring a lot of my free time into my application for Louisville Seminary’s Marriage and Family Therapy program! I’m really hoping that will be my next step once my time as a YAV is over so prayers would be appreciated. Now about 12 Baskets - [my worksite for my 2016-2017 year with Hands and Feet of Asheville.]
Like many of you, I have oscillated this last week between disbelief, deep sadness and disappointment, anger, and fear. We do not know what the next months and years will hold for our country, but we do know that we will continue to be called to resist tyranny, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and Islamaphobia. And we will be there.
The seasons seem to bring different rhythms to the Cana Community. While the fall and winter find us hunkering down in this snow belt, the warmer months bring new experiences. Cana Community members venture from South Bend to lands near and far to join others in work for peace and justice.