Embracing Community Diversity

20140612-225722-82642087.jpgWhat happens when a community with a common faith and goal join together? You get a Community Based Ministry Café. On Saturday, May 17, 2014, community leaders from various faith denominations gathered at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Salisbury, NC to learn how to engage the community through ministry. As part of the Café, our very own Tonya Cross led an hour long workshop called Embracing Community Diversity: A panel discussion of race, justice and beloved community. This workshop consisted of a panel including Tonya, Deseré Cross and Evelyn Medina.

The purpose of the workshop was to address barriers in the community that prevent people of different backgrounds from working together. Each panelist addressed a different barrier. Tonya talked about self-segregation, suggesting that one reason why communities have a hard time creating change is because within a community, people self-segregate themselves, meaning they separate themselves from others who do not look like them or have the same beliefs.

The second panelist, Deseré, talked about stereotypes. Stereotypes are assumptions people make about a group of people based on preconceived notions. Deseré suggested the best way to combat stereotypes is to be aware of the assumptions you have about certain groups of people and to not allow those assumptions to prevent you from interacting with new and different groups of people.

Evelyn, the third panelist, shared her personal story about how she ensures her children are exposed to different cultures. Her story sparked a conversation about how non-exposure to different cultures can act as a barrier to your willingness to work with people who are different from you.

A fourth panelist, who was unable to make it, was to discuss how language also serves as a barrier that prevents people from working together with people from different backgrounds. Although the panelist who was to cover this topic was unable to attend, the barrier was still brought up in conversation and was addressed by Tonya and Evelyn.

Overall, the workshop was a success and received good reviews from participants in the Café. Special thanks to all of our panelists and participants who contributed to a wonderful discussion about barriers in our community that can prevent us from collectively building our community. As you live your daily lives, we encourage you to mingle outside the box, be aware of stereotypes, and expose yourself to new people and things.

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May – Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind. ― Steve Maraboli

May is Mental Health Month. Mental Health America’s 2014 theme is “Mind Your Health”. Throughout the month of May, we will have daily post on our social network pages about mental health. For more information about Mental Health Month visit Mental Health America.

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Cesar Chavez Movie Community Screening

Cesar Chavez Movie Screening

Cesar Chavez Movie Community Screening

The Vine Events partnered with Community Based Ministry Cafe’ (CBMC) to host a community screening of Cesar Chavez Movie. Cesar Chavez was a civil rights leader and labor organizer who embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice to bring dignity to people. “Embracing Community Diversity” team hosted the event as a precursor to their breakout session at CBMC that will address overcoming cultural barriers that hinder inclusiveness. Our keynote speaker for CBMC will be Alexia Salvatierra, author of Faith-Rooted Organizing. Join us for CBMC on Saturday, May 17th by registering here.

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Motivation and Purpose

The owner of  The Vine Events, Tonya Cross, was featured in the YouTube video below.  Check out our Boss Lady’s great advice!

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Community Based Ministry Cafe’

We’re so excited about partnering with some great organizations to bring Community Based Ministry Cafe’ (CBMC) to our area! We invite you to join us on Saturday, May 17th for a one-day training event for pastors, leaders, and organizers who are interested in reaching and transforming their communities.

Our keynote speaker at CBMC will be Alexia Salvatierra, author of Faith-Rooted Organizing. Our team, “Embracing Community Diversity”, will be facilitating a breakout session that will help our guest develop and implement a strategy to cross cultural barriers and establish relationships. Click on links below for more information.

Keynote Speaker: Alexia Salvatierra http://www.alexiasalvatierra.com

CBMC Registration: https://secure.wesleyan.org/ors/cafe-nc/

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The Black Presence in the Bible: Uncovering the Hidden Ones

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We’re so glad we ran across this blog post! It ties into our upcoming online dialogue on Tuesday, March 25th at 9pm EST titled “African Presence in the Bible”.

Originally posted on Wholeness 4 Love:

The Last Supper from The Roman Catacombs

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while over the past few months I had a great deal of changes and additions to my life which I am grateful for. I recently started my own organization Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering The Black Biblical Destiny which is dedicated to producing Bible Study and devotional materials as well as workshops and lecturers concerning the Black presence in the Bible. I am a theology nerd but the spirit reminded me it’s not enough to collect all this info for yourself but you owe it to your ancestors to share it. Check on the Prophetic Whirlwind page on this blog for more information.

I hope all is well with each of you, remember stay connected to the Most High and you will be reminded of the truth.

Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out…

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March: Women’s History Month

Women's History Month 2014This month, The Vine Events is commemorating Women’s History Month. National Women’s History Project (NWHP) theme for 2014 is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment”. Visit our social network pages for daily post about great women and their accomplishments. For more information about Women’s History Month and NWHP click here.

During March, we’re also hosting an online dialogue about African presence in the Bible. We’ll be discussing chapter 2 of Bishop J.W. Hood book “The Centennial of African Methodism” (click here to read). Bishop Hood was one of the founders of Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary was named after him. Both institutions are located in Salisbury, NC. Our dialogue will be on Tuesday, March 25th at 9pm EST. Visit Upcoming Events to RSVP.

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