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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.

News & Blog

Out of the Pit

“I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many

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Take a Walk With Ben and Benjamin

This coming year, we’re going to dig a little deeper and share several perspectives on the meaning of our tagline … Desire Street Ministries: the intersection of lives, leaders and neighborhoods. If you follow along, it may feel like you’re going on a journey, visiting faraway places that may actually be located only a short

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Busy Intersection

Cities are enormous matrixes of communities, systems, organizations, and lives. The complexities of all of these things are mind-blowing if you stop to think about it. There are cars, trains, buses, emergency response vehicles, trucks pulling freight, pedestrians, and cyclists. In addition, cities are full of buildings with individuals and organizations that immerse themselves in

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Just Believe

I was busy doing odds and ends around the house one evening a few weeks ago while the holiday version of the Deal or No Deal game show was on TV. I would stop and watch snippets between tasks, and was so touched by the story of one contestant. He and his brother had been

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Stay tuned

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” … Today I was in the cashier line at a department store…

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What am I thankful for?

It’s Thanksgiving, and I have much to be thankful for. If we think about it, we all do. For one thing, we’re blessed to have a national day of Thanksgiving. There are only a handful of countries in the world that do. In the U.S., many things have taken over the holiday season that Thanksgiving

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Providing Community and Support To Leaders

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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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