Mission Shift Training: OC3

Mission Shift Training: OC3

Come join Embrace Richmond for a special series of Mission Shift Training hosted by OC3!   An OC3 Special Event: Mission Shift Training   When: Monday, March 14 Time: 7-9 PM Details: The address for this training session is: Carter G. Woodson Middle School, 1000 Winston Churchill Drive, Hopewell, VA RSVP today via e-mail:...
Mission Shift Training: Belmont UMC

Mission Shift Training: Belmont UMC

Come join Embrace Richmond for a special series of Mission Shift Training hosted by the Belmont United Methodist Church!   Mission Shift: Overview When: Sunday, February 21 Time: 1-3 PM *Lunch will be served from 12:15-1:00 PM, suggested donation of $8* Mission Shift: Session 1 When: Thursday, February 25 Time: 6-8 PM *Dinner will be served from 5:15-5:50 PM, suggested donation of $8* Mission Shift: Session 2 When: Thursday, March 3 Time: 6-8 PM *Dinner will be served from 5:15-5:50 PM, suggested donation of $8* Mission Shift: Session 3 When: Thursday, March 17 Time: 6-8 PM *Dinner will be served from 5:15-5:50 PM, suggested donation of $8* Persons wishing to participate in the Mission Shift training to be held at Belmont UMC should email their intent to: belmontumcrichmond@gmail.com no later than February 18th for planning...
Mission Shift Training: Union Presbyterian Seminary

Mission Shift Training: Union Presbyterian Seminary

Come join Embrace Richmond for a special series of Mission Shift Training hosted by the Union Presbyterian Seminary! This training is open to Union students, alumni and friends of the seminary. Mission Shift: Overview When: Monday, February 22 Time: 6-8 PM Mission Shift: “Needs” to “Assets” When: Monday, February 29 Time: 6-8 PM Mission Shift: “Working Our Plan” to “Joining God’s Work” When: Monday, March 7 Time: 6-8 PM Details: The sessions will be held in Lake Chapel, Early Center and dinner will be served 5:45-6:00 PM each night. The price of dinner is $5 for non-students.   Click here to register...
Meet The Interns

Meet The Interns

Embrace Richmond has heard and seen so many inspiring stories throughout Richmond and over the years. If we’re lucky enough, sometimes we become part of those stories. In an effort to share the stories of people who go above and beyond to lift up their communities and themselves, we have created a team of storytellers. This team of five interns will be on the ground in Richmond neighborhoods and communities over the next few months finding the best and most creative ways to get these stories heard. They are an enthusiastic group and are eager to learn all they can about the members of the Richmond community, but before they can do that, they want to tell you a little about themselves. Kelli McNeal is a born and raised Ohio-an who moved to Richmond in the summer of 2013. She is working on completing a dual degree in Masters of Divinity at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond and a Masters in Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has Bachelors degrees in Accounting and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from Ohio State University.  She married August 1st in Sidney, Ohio and is currently enjoying life as a newlywed.  She is an avid Ohio State University fan and loves taking a break from studying to watch the Buckeyes play any sport. She has been with Embrace Richmond since September and is currently working in North Side to help expand the block-by-block approach that has already had great success.  She is excited to work with amazing resident leaders and to experience the passion for their communities.   Owen Bagley  comes to us from Atlanta,...
Embrace Insights: Our First Henrico Partner

Embrace Insights: Our First Henrico Partner

Embrace Richmond had the great opportunity to work with the UUCC of Glen Allen last month and introduced them to our mission shift training. The majority of the group who gathered together to see what mission shift training could do for their ministry thought the opportunity was a rewarding opportunity and opened their eyes to the idea of working “with” their community instead of “for” them. After all of our mission shift training sessions, we ask the participants to let us know what they learned and how their perspectives have changed in result. Here are some of our favorite insights: “I now realize that helping is not always ‘giving.'” “I have a new way of looking at what real help is. It’s facilitating folks in taking ownerships to help themselves.” “It was eye-opening to see social justice work encouraged from bottom up rather than top down.” “It changed me to think less about how it might change me and more about changing the world!” We are so glad that they enjoyed the outcome of their training and are excited to work with UUCC in the future! If you are interested in mission shift training for your community or ministry, e-mail Wendy McCaig at wendy@embracerichmond.org for more...
Embrace Insights: Mission Shift Training

Embrace Insights: Mission Shift Training

Mission Shift Training is designed to help congregations shift their missions approach from doing ministry “for” those in need to doing ministry “with” them. “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” Mission Shift Training goes a step farther and focuses on “changing the condition of the pond.” The training shifts focus from… “Us and them” to “We” “Cause-Focused” to “Community-Based” “Needs” to “Assets” Over the past few months, Embrace Richmond has worked with several ministries throughout the city and heard firsthand how ideas and opinions are changing to make ministries and communities better together. Here are what some recent graduates have to say about the training: Sandy Parker from Skipwith United Methodist Church says, “The recognition of shifting from what I, and the church, can do for a community to what the community can do for themselves has been very enlightening.” Linda Mottley from Beulah United Methodist Church says, “It (the training) has reinforced the fact that we are to work with the people and not for them.” Emily Waller from Beulah United Methodist Church says, “This experience has been rewarding: seeing and hearing about other communities where this has worked, it has built confidence that we can do this too.” We are currently seeking partners to host Mission Shift training workshops in 2016. If you are interested in hosting a Mission Shift Training, click here to learn more.  Or contact Wendy McCaig at...