Homewood15208 - dispatches from the heart of Homewood Nation.
In the first post of this series, I stated some propositions that I believe based on my reading of the Bibie. In this and following posts, I'll explore implications for community and community development work that I believe flow from those propositions. As stated earlier, I share all of this less to persuade anyone else to believe them than to find out if anyon...Read Full Post »
I HATE EMERGENCY MEETINGS.
There. I said it, and I'm glad.
I hate emergency meetings for at least two reasons. The first reason is because in my experience, emergency meetings have consisted of a lot of emotional expressions that do not result in any specific action.
The second reason is because emergency meetings are a type of event, held in reaction to events. But the events that we are reacting to are the results...Read Full Post »
This event has been promoted so well on Facebook that part of me thinks everyone knows about it by now.
But maybe not, so here goes:
In response to recent gun violence in Homewood, Community Empowerment Association will host an emergency planning meeting at 5 pm today at 7120 Kelly Street. All are encouraged to attend, and to be ready to offer concrete suggestions for how to help heal our community and make it safer.
There was an em...Read Full Post »
This is the first part of a 2-part or 3-part series (I'm not sure yet). Today, I'll share some of my beliefs, stated as propositions, based on the Bible, about the nature of God, the nature of humanity and the nature of the Creation. Later, I'll share thoughts about the implications of those beliefs for the work of community development, and will tie them in with the recent outbreaks of gun violence in Homewood.
I share all of this, not in order to persuade anyone els...Read Full Post »
This is an invitation for followers of Jesus Christ who care about #Homewood.
I invite you to join me next Friday, September 25, in a day of fasting and a night of prayer for Homewood.
For the day of fasting, you may skip one meal or you may fast the entire day; work that out according to your circumstances, in confidence that God will not despise any sincere effort.
For the night of prayer, we'll gather in the first-f...Read Full Post »
Have you missed me? I have. So much has happened that I have despaired of keeping up, much less catching up. But tonight, I have been pushed back to my keyboard.
I didn't recognize the gunfire as such at first, when it erupted around 11:30; it might have been fireworks, or a vehicle backfiring. But when I looked out my front door and saw a group of young men who congregate at my next door neighbors' house running full tilt toward my neighbors' porch, I realized that Race St...Read Full Post »
The Mayor's Office sent out a press release yesterday afternoon, so tiny that it would escape most people's notice - and it would have escaped mine if an alert Homewood Nation reader had not brought it to my attention.
This is what it says:
PITTSBURGH, PA (June 4, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, Representative Ed Gainey, Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess, and other community leaders tomorrow will announce the formation of the Homewood Community Development Collabo...Read Full Post »
The Rev. Ricky V. Burgess defeated three opponents today to snag the Democratic Party's candidacy for the City's 9th District Council seat, thus virtually guaranteeing his re-election in November.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting as of 10:19 pm, the incumbent had 2,049 votes. His nearest opponent, businessman Andre Young, had 1,226.
Rounding out the ticket, real estate broker and developer Judith K. Ginyard and former 9th District Councilwoman Twand...Read Full Post »
This afternoon, Local 154 of the International Union of Boilermakers will offer an unusual job training opportunity for people who might otherwise consider themselves trapped in a life on the streets.
In essence, they are offering a trade - turn in your gun, and you get a good shot at becoming a welder.
Participants will receive a token to enroll in the Boilermake...Read Full Post »