Senior Luncheon

Senior Luncheon

Last Thursday, seniors were brought together with Embrace’s help around a central dream-to become more connected.  Their convening was a result of a Dream Catcher Project led by Embrace’s Young Leader, Beverly. The Celebrating Seniors Luncheon, held at Boogaloos Bar and Grill, provided an opportunity for the seniors to fellowship with one another over a meal, poetry and singing. They also got a chance to listen to the audio shorts recorded by Beverly. As they listened, they nodded, smiled and laughed about the memories of the past that were shared. Towards the end of the gathering, many of the seniors asked if the group could come together again. Some even stood up and said they felt charged with making this happen. When asked how they felt about the luncheon everyone shared the sentiment of appreciation. They were thankful to be acknowledged. The luncheon reminded them that they were a valued asset to their community. It reminded them that they had the power and wisdom to make needed changes. As a result, the group plans to come together again under their own direction with assistance from Embrace. This group of seniors will form an action team that will work to make their convening a monthly...
Youth Leading Earth Day Activities

Youth Leading Earth Day Activities

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Embrace Richmond in partnership with Huguenot Road Baptist Church and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia hosted 10 youths in an Earth Day celebration event.  The youth were ages 12 – 17 and were from several churches around the city and even three that were from Fredericksburg, VA! In honor of Earth Day, we focused on conservation, preservation and upkeep. In doing this we walked the Historic Brookland Park Boulevard corridor cleaning up streets, alleys and buildings that had become prey to litter and waste.   The youth were given stories in history  of the area and enlightened on how important it is to preserve what we have for future generations. The chaperones Leroy and Rudy from Embrace along with Tim and Angie from Huguenot Road Baptist Church found themselves trying hard to keep up with these young people, but at the end of the day things were clean, pristine and looking good.  Mission Accomplished! THANK YOU to our new friends from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for supporting our efforts in the Historic Brookland Park community!        ...
Kalvin Bugg: Embrace Young Heroes

Kalvin Bugg: Embrace Young Heroes

I met 19-year-old Kalvin Bugg, AKA Bugg, while out recruiting youth for our young leaders club pilot project in the Historic Brookland Park area. I enticed him to join us with the offer of pizza and a chance to earn some money. That was four weeks ago and already he is proving that young people are the heroes we have been waiting for! This giving season we are inviting you to show your faith in the next generation by sponsoring a young leader like Bugg.  Funds will be used as follows: a third of the funds go directly to the young leaders in the form of stipends a third of the funds go to support weekly young leaders club meetings a third of the funds go to support the development of block clubs that provide support for the community development efforts the youth are engaged in The cost of supporting each of our young leaders is $1,200 a year, or $100 per month. Our goal during this campaign is to raise sufficient funding to support 24 young leaders across Metro Richmond. Would you, a group you belong to, or your congregation consider sponsoring one of our young leaders?  We will be reporting live on Facebook with updates from our Young Leaders and encourage you to “like” Embrace Richmond on Facebook to keep up with the good work of these young heroes. Will you give an emerging leader a chance to be the change they want to see in their neighborhoods?  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.  To learn more about the work done by local young heroes check out...
Conversations on Race and Community: Neighborhood Spotlight Series Post #3

Conversations on Race and Community: Neighborhood Spotlight Series Post #3

This semester we are blessed to have a team of amazing interns.  We have assigned each to neighborhood action teams across the city and have asked them to document what they are learning about each team.  This week, our insights come from Emily Krudys, a student at Union Presbyterian Seminary.   I have lived in Richmond for almost twenty years, but barely know my neighbors outside of my near West End community.  Now as a seminary student at Union Presbyterian Seminary on Brook Road, and as an intern with Embrace Richmond this is changing, and I am changing.  It is about time.   I am meeting new neighbors in the Northside community of Barton Heights and surrounding areas along Brookland Park Boulevard.  This community, along with the folks at All Souls Presbyterian Church , are seeking to create a “beloved community” and examine “who is my neighbor” and what it means to seek to “love your neighbor.”   They are hosting open, frank, and caring conversations about Race and Community  on the first Thursday of every month.  The topic of the first meeting was simply “What kind of community do you want?”  In that conversation, I learned that my Northside neighbors are from a proud and strong heritage, a neighborhood where some families have lived for generations.   This is a community that, in 1952, with courage, foresight, and intention, formed the first integrated Presbyterian church at All Souls.  Now, coming together again as neighbors, we seek a community that is safe and connected.  A neighborhood that is open and “neighborly,” but where neighbors, old and new, respect the history,...
The Spirituality of Community Building – Neighborhood Spotlight Series #2

The Spirituality of Community Building – Neighborhood Spotlight Series #2

These wonderful insights into the spirituality of community building come to us from Owen Bagley, one of our thoughtful interns.  What began as a prayer group on Brookland Park Boulevard, today continues as members of the Northside neighborhood come together to pray for their community. In honor of Week of Prayer for Christian Unity the group reflected on the meaning of Christian unity.  Is Christ’s body divided?  What does it look like to have unity without uniformity?  Is Christian diversity important or beneficial? With a multitude of Christian traditions represented, the members of the prayer group discussed the aspects of faith which each tradition contributes to the larger body of Christ.  In this eye opening discussion we each shared how we learn, benefit, and grow spiritually through conversations and interactions with one another.  Each tradition brings a unique element to the table, all of which further and strengthen the Christian body. In our Richmond communities, diversity is ever present.  Yet through prayer and conversation, this group of Northside neighbors has found value in such a blessing. As a student in seminary, I found this discussion to be particularly applicable to my life.  One of the members of the prayer group shared an enlightening metaphor of the Christian body.  He said that when we reflect on our bodies, what we often notice are the cuts and bruises, the scrapes and the infections.  These areas of the body, however small they might be, often draw the majority of our attention.  Of course, we cannot ignore the wounds our bodies receive; wounds need healing.  Yet, they often consume our focus and our...