“In preparing for the sessions, I was well aware that the national press has described Detroit as a dying city. Name the urban problem, and Detroit is experiencing it big time. Thus, I was really unprepared for the optimism, joy, and sheer determination of the folks we met there. Rich and poor, black and white, the people of Detroit love their city passionately and they are just flat out refusing to let it die.
God’s Spirit is moving in Detroit, working in ways that are amazingly inventive and creative. Places that speak of death, like vacant lots and abandoned buildings, are being transformed into signs of life.
Perhaps the Detroit experience can open our eyes to the world of God’s possibilities. South Bend, Ind. is, in many ways, a microcosm of Detroit but remarkable things happen here every day. We are challenged to let go of the pain, resentment and anger that surround much of our history, and embrace a vision for the city that places justice and mercy at the center. The heart of the city is being transformed in so many ways. We have a long way to go, but Detroit reminds us that the journey is real and filled with hope.” —Barbara Devereaux
What is one thing that will stand out for you from this weekend?
- *“Seeing and experiencing different ways of being and doing church; I would have liked to learn more about CCF [Community Christian Fellowship] and their ministry in the community”
- “The relationships that I started here and those that were reinforced—good to connect with others”
- “The welcome and friendliness and effort put forth by members of this congregation [CCF]”
- “The evening worship services, especially worshiping with a different culture”
- “Seeing hope in the midst of devastation”
- “Being in another cultural setting where we received so much.”
- “Our attempts to engage, be hosted by, learn from our brothers and sisters in Detroit”
- “Experiencing the city”
- “Learning about the Detroit culture and what God is doing there”
*CCF history now avaialable