Happy July update (in August)!
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Typically I’ll be sending out these updates the last week of the month, but this one is a bit late. The summer has been packed! Visit my website to see more of what I’m doing in the city. Or just scroll down to the bottom of the page for the most important info 🙂
I officially start my apprenticeship on August 8th with a staff retreat. Unofficially, I feel in many ways like I’ve already started. June and July have been full of support raising, as I am still trying to meet my goal of $1,000 per month. I’ve been taking advantage of my flexible schedule to meet one on one with people in the church who also want to see our community further explore the connection between faith and justice. Those meetings have been incredibly insightful and I’m looking forward to continuing them. So far, I’ve been inspired by the passion that I’ve seen and I’m excited for us to learn to be a church that seeks justice.
(our “welcome” sign at the foot of Church of the Pilgrims, whose space we use on Sunday evenings)
Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS)
Since last July, I’ve been volunteering with Collective Action for Safe Spaces, a local DC grassroots organization, to pioneer our Rethink Masculinity program. The idea grew out of one of CASS’s workshops on responding to street harassment, where one of the participants asked “where are all of the men?” This program has been our attempt to answer them. We invite men to join us for two months, meeting once a week to discuss things like emotional labor, consent, workplace discrimination, bystander intervention, developing a healthy sense of masculinity, and much more. We successfully finished with our first group and have been hard at work over the summer to get ready for our second group in September.
(Some of the Rethink Masculinity team on our graduation night)
$Making that money!$
During June and July, I had maybe 3 or 4 full days where I didn’t work either at the International Center for Nonviolent Conflict or at Philz Coffee. Most weeks, both jobs combined for around 50 or more hours. Choosing to quit my position as Lead Caseworker at Samaritan Ministry in order to pursue working with Grace Capital City has been an adventure in time management! One reason for my hectic work schedule has been to gain some extra $$$$ so that I can cut back in August and focus on working with the church.
Yeah, you read that right. And no, I’m not making yet another career change. For the past 9 months I’ve been in an online program through the Hatchery L.A., geared at equipping people with the skills to the infrastructure needed for community transformation. As part of that program, I have launched a website where I will be exploring the connections between Christian faith and justice in the world. It’s looking sparse right now, but starting next week I’ll be starting a weekly series on the book of Deuteronomy. If you are interested, let me know and I’ll make sure you’re getting those posts.
-Financial provision for the apprenticeship. I am significantly behind in terms of meeting my $1,000 a month goal.
-Wisdom as we continue growing our church and building relationships with more people in the DC area.
I know that was a lot! Thank you for your love and support. I would love to know you’re doing and how I can support you as well. If you give me your mailing address, I would be overjoyed to send you a small gift from DC. No strings attached 🙂 Peace!