What we believe.

 
 

We subscribe to the philosophy set forth by the CCDA which you can read here.


Additionally, our practice is founded on the following list of lessons and core beliefs…

But first, before you keep reading, it’s important for us to say that principles + practices like these, though intended to be helpful, can sometimes feel pedantic, often overlooking cultural complexities when studied out of context. Our intention in outlining these lessons and beliefs is not to create another rulebook, but rather to share what we’re discovering and how it shapes our approach—but we’re never perfect.

 

Every person has gifts to offer

People are our community’s greatest assets. Teachers. Healers. Leaders. Artists. Biologists. Mechanics. Grocers. Mailmen. Human ingenuity is an incredible thing. When we call forth the divine spark we see in our neighbors, we watch with amazement as our fellow citizens become increasingly inclined and able to take action on the problems and projects they're most passionate about. Time and time again we see how engagement on the individual level serves as a precursor to drive wide-scale and lasting transformation in the everyday places of our lives.

Cities transform when people transform

While the complexity of city challenges seem to demand large-scale reactions, there's great value in recognizing how efforts towards systems change and neighborhood renewal start in human hearts. This is small, slow, humbling work that begins with handshakes and eye contact; grows from consistent and compassionate rhythms; and sustains with intentional and continual care—one relationship at a time, over and over again.

Every place has a history

We must do our best to uncover the stories of those who came before us, always lifting up and illuminating, but never co-opting for our own gain.

Not by human effort alone

It’s important for us to name that everything we do—how we operate as a team; how we engage our neighbors; where we direct our energy, time, and resources—stems from our belief in the One who gives life to the world. We believe that God is an active and creative force, constantly drawing us near to partner with him on his reconciling mission to make all things new. As we tune into that movement, we recognize the ways our longings—for beauty, peace, unity, joy, and belonging—align with his, and at the same time we remember that the world isn’t ours alone to architect and control. While we can be tempted to work in our own strength, we trust there’s a better, more fruitful way of working and it begins when we simply choose to pay attention to what God’s already doing right under our noses.  

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