Five Weeks Later

This is a post in a series about our Mission Shift Cohort. Read the first blog post here. _______ No pizza this time, but that’s understandable. We’re down to business. We’ve been meeting every week at First Baptist Church for five weeks now. (It’s strange to write that; I feel like we just started!) We’ve…

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My First Thursday at Peace & Justice Circle

Anita smiled when she told me about the door. “You gotta throw your back into it,” she said. “It’s not gonna break.” The heavy door to the basement of All Souls Presbyterian Church behind me, I came into the room to see a group of new friends sitting around in a circle of chairs, couches…

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CFA Visit

  There are two kinds of peach cobbler in this world: the kind that North Star Catering makes, and everyone else’s. I had North Star’s after dinner. Lucky me.   Twice a year, the Communities First Association gathers its members together in one of its communities to learn about the work being done across the…

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Embrace Turns 10!

  On March 30th, 2015 Embrace Richmond officially turned 10 years old. Our Board Chair, Don Reich, gave us an early birthday gift – the funds to invest in a branding campaign. It took us nearly eight months, but we are thrilled with the outcome.  I thought sharing this gift would be a great way…

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Mission Shift Training Update

    Embrace Richmond’s core belief is that great neighbors make neighborhoods great. We also believe faith communities can play a critical role in growing great neighbors. This belief in the unique gifts and capacity of the faith community is why when we launched our Great Neighbor Training Academy. Last fall we began offering a…

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Our Latest Cohort

There’s pizza on the first night. It’s good pizza, too. I should have made my name tag before I got a piece; my poor planning left a grease stain on the stark white sticker as I scrawled my name in sharpie. This is our first Tuesday together. Five churches from across the Richmond metro have…

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Fellows House

When I stepped onto the porch, my suspicions were confirmed: the house definitely had character. Further inspection only made me more confident. 2209 is a special place. There is a heart here- or at least there was once. My job is to get it beating again. I’m going to need help. I am one of…

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Upcoming Shift Cohort: Sign-up Today!

We invite you to join other leaders from churches across Richmond to learn and apply asset-based community development principles to existing local missions and outreach in our region’s under-resourced neighborhoods. Through these 7 weekly sessions, you will learn about innovative Christian responses to poverty and practice them in community with others, “shifting” your approach to…

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Marketing and Communications Openings

Embrace Richmond seeks to strengthen communities by training, coaching, and connecting neighborhood and congregational leaders who desire to be agents of change in neighborhoods across metro Richmond. We believe that the neighborhood residents themselves are the primary building blocks for a healthy neighborhood. We believe faith communities can play an important role in strengthening neighborhoods…

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