Cana Community's blog

Baby steps in South Bend

Dr. Martin Luther King once commented that Sunday morning is the most segregated time in America. Although some things have changed, Christian churches remain, by and large all white or all black. Churches in our neighborhood reflect that situation, but many are trying to bridge that gap.

Pain and Love on the Basketball Court

There are lots of basketball games that happen on my backyard Tuesday/Thursday court. Many get quite animated, with a group of mostly brown boys ranging from 10-16 teaming up for 3 on 3 on our 25’ square pad with a nice big Plexiglas backboard. Occasionally there’ll be some strife, but surprisingly little, and even fewer real injuries occur.

Keeping Faith While Living Amidst Contrasts

The past few weeks have been an exercise in contrasts for Cana Community, as I’m sure they have been for you. At the end of October, our neighborhood celebrated “Arts Café,” an annual event that features artists, music, food, and hayrides. We also celebrated The Local Cup (TLC), a coffee house that was started and is run by local volunteers. Then came November and the shock of the election.

Pastors Seeking the Well-Being of the City

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.

PPF Peace Community witnesses peace efforts in Colombia and beyond

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.