Hope in the Cities News

Monday, October 9, 2017
A Brave Space not a Safe Space

The group wrestled with the challenge of engaging all stakeholders, even those who appear to represent the problem. “I realize that we can build networks of trust with different views but shared values,” said a participant. “I don’t want to build a team of people who think just like me.” The dialogue did not back away from difficult topics such as the need for each person – regardless of their background – to hold themselves, their communities and institutions accountable for change where it is needed. As one person put it, “We need brave space, not safe space!”

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Trustbuilding in Annapolis

“Historically our city and churches have been complicit in the racial divide,” said Rev. Mike Berry (CTF 2017), senior pastor of Common Ground Friends, Evangelical Friends Church in Annapolis, MD. to an interdenominational group of clergy as part of a series of “sacred conversations on race.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Community in Schools

For its 2017 Virginia state convening of 90 site coordinators, Communities In Schools called on Initiatives of Change USA to deliver a morning workshop on implicit bias and trustbuilding. Six of the IofC USA newly formed team of skilled facilitators and trainers led groups of 15 in lively discussion, kicked off by the drumming of musician and facilitator Ram Bhagat.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

After five intensive modules, the newly graduated Fellows of the 2017 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship are taking their learning into their daily life and work. With a diverse class drawn from six US states as well as one participant from Rwanda, there were sometimes difficult and painful conversations. But in the words of one Fellow, “The container was strong enough to keep us all here.”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Initiatives of Change USA is excited to announce the start of the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise launched nationally by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on June 28. Richmond, VA, is one of 14 communities across the United States selected by WKKF to implement this initiative. We at IofC are honored that both WKKF and the Richmond community have entrusted us to shepherd TRHT in Richmond.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
2017 Swedish workshop

Rob Corcoran and Anjum Ali conducted a three-day workshop for a diverse group of community leaders in Stockholm, Sweden, on trustbuilding in a diverse world. The training focused on connecting personal and social change; understanding the power of history, identity and trauma; surfacing key community issues and learning skills for designing and facilitating dialogues.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Watch love work

Alison Wetter (CTF 2015) from Memphis, Tennessee, is part of a team that has launched a project called "Watch Love Work" to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in their city in 1968. They are releasing a video story of love from Memphis every week this year.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2017 Community Trustbuilding Fellowship

“This experience has been truly one of a kind,” says Franklin Jennings who works with youth development. “What I find most impactful is that although tons of people in the world want to see good change happen, not many are equipping themselves to do anything about it.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Alvin Herring Forum at UR

“We in this country are at a cultural and maybe moral crossroads," says Rev. Alvin Herring, director of racial equity and community engagement at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We must speak truth, hold ourselves accountable, lament, and offer and accept forgiveness.”

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Troup County, GA, apology

The New York Times and other media outlets last week carried the story of an historic apology made in Troup County, GA. On January 26, 2017, the LaGrange’s police chief, Louis M. Dekmar, who is white, issued a rare apology for a Southern lynching. Seventy-seven years earlier Austin Callaway, a young African American, was snatched from a jail cell by a band of masked white men, then shot and left for dead.