Resources to learn more

How does an under-resourced neighborhood go from struggle to success, from despair to dignity? The path takes different twists and turns in each neighborhood, but learning from and sharing resources with others experienced in spiritual and community development is a good place to start. We invite you to learn more about Desire Street and our ministry through the links and lists below.

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COVID-19: Leaning Into the Resurrection of Christ

From dust you came and to dust you shall return. Whether the world wanted it or not, the powerful and pervasive COVID-19 virus has imposed a Lenten reality on all of us. Not everyone celebrates Lent and there are many who don’t even know what it is. The 40-day season started on February 27th with Ash

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Faith Journey Through Needs

In 2020, we’ll be talking a lot about seeing God’s hand in our journey of faith. You might have seen our spring newsletter where we talked about God’s working in human suffering. He has the ability to give perspective and meaning to the circumstances of our lives. I was reading in the book of John

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Why rest?

We’re coming up on Labor Day next Monday. The 19th-century labor movement came up with the concept, and it became a U.S. federal holiday in 1894. Most workers have the day off. There’s a similar concept in the Bible: the Sabbath. In fact, it’s one of the “Big 10″—commandments given to the Israelites by God

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Thoughts at the Intersection

As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, like many others, I often contemplate how God most desires to use my life and witness for his glory. He clearly calls me to love him (Deut 6:5), to love my neighbors (Matt 22:39), and to make disciples (Matt 28:19). In loving our neighbors, the faith walks

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Five Years

Five years. That’s the maximum amount of time that most leaders last when serving in under-resourced communities. That’s not very long. Living in poverty is hard enough, but trying to reverse poverty and all of the other challenges that come with it can feel literally overwhelming. Harvard professor, Dr. Robert Sampson, has studied communities that

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Stripes and Scars

“he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 It’s Good Friday and I’m thinking about Christ’s horrific death on the cross. Jesus, in my place and perhaps yours, was whipped until his skin

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Suggested Reading

10 Ways to Be a Better Neighbor 
Becca Stanley

A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life
Parker J. Palmer

Catherine of Siena: Passion for the Truth‐‐Compassion for Humanity
Mary O’Driscoll

Disunity in Christ
Christena Cleveland

Divided by Faith
Emerson & Smith

Emotional Intelligence
Daniel Goleman

Free at Last?: The Gospel in the African‐American Experience
Carl F. Ellis, Jr.

Generous Justice
Timothy Keller

In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
Henri Nouwen

Jesus and the Disinherited
Howard Thurman

Justice, Mercy and Humility: Integral mission and the poor
Edited by Tim Chester with contributions from C. Rene

Kai’Ro: The Journey of an Urban Pilgrim
Ben Sciacca

Justice, Mercy and Humility: Integral Mission and the Poor
Padilla, Tom Sine, and Elaine Storkey

Let Justice Roll Down
Dr. John M. Perkins

Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation
Parker J. Palmer

Meals from Mars: A Parable of Prejudice and Providence
Ben Sciacca

Mere Christianity
C. S. Lewis

Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life
Phileena Heuertz and Phyllis Tickle

Prophetic Lament
Soong Chan Rah

Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat‐Up, and Burnt Out
Brennan Manning

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning
Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham

The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
Os Guinness

The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
Dallas Willard

The Briarpatch Gospel: Fearlessly Following Jesus into the Thorny Places
Shayne Wheeler

The Color of Compromise
Jemar Tisby

The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith
Marcus J. Borg

The Invisible Hand: Do All Things Really Work for Good
R. C. Sproul

The Provocative Church
Dr. Graham Tomlin

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
Henri J. M. Nouwen

The Way of the Heart
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Thriving City Blocks
Nate Ledbetter

Under Our Skin
Benjamin Watson

Up from Slavery
Booker T. Washington

White Awake
Daniel Hill

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