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Learning Community Series for the 10 Year Master Plan

Since August 2018, we have been in prayerful discernment regarding the future use of our facilities and the gift of land given to the church in 2009. In addition to our information sessions, we launched a Learning Community to dive deeper together. In May and June of 2019, we held Part 1 of this series of Learning Communities to deepen our collective understanding of the needs of the community we seek to serve and some possible responses to these needs, such as affordable housing for seniors and neuro-diverse adults. In October 2019, we held a second series of Learning Communities to further our understanding together. The entire Christ Church community was invited and participants left with a fuller understanding of the opportunities ahead and with fueled to go forth and do great good.


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Learning Community Series 2:  The ABC’s of Building a Community

In this series, we gained greater insights into how new communities are developed, the ways in which we heed the call to “love our neighbors” through community engagement, and how we can grow our faith and spiritual resilience as we travel this path.

Session 1: Finding the Right Fit
Wednesday, October 2, 6:30–8:00 PM, Library

Content: The key components of any development transaction:  concept, feasibility, a Request for Proposal, and the selection of a development partner. 

Presenter: Jill Norcross, Managing Director, Virginia Diocesan Homes

Virginia Diocesan Homes (VDH) is a nonprofit affiliate of the Diocese of Virginia. Their vision is for the Diocese of Virginia and its parishes to use its property and assets to their fullest potential to serve God and our communities. They do that by maximizing mission opportunities with diocesan property including nurturing home environments.


Session 2: Built to Last
Wednesday, October 9, 6:30–8:00 PM, Library

Content: The milestones of any development transaction:  community engagement, rezoning, site plan approval, financing, construction.   

Presenter: Lynn McAteer, VP of Planning and Evaluations, Better Housing Coalition


Session 3: “God’s Good Work—Engaging Our Neighbors & Growing Together
Wednesday, October 16, 6:30–8:00 PM, Library

Content: Community Engagement: Another Way to Love Our Neighbors
Presenters: Laura Lafayette & Rev. Shirley Smith Graham


Questions about the Learning Community? Please contact the Rev. Shirley Smith Graham


Series 1 took place in Spring 2019: Understanding Ourselves and the Communities We Seek to Serve

May 1, 2019 – Church as an asset-rich group

May 8, 2019 – Human needs and Gospel-purposes in our community

May 29, 2019  – Expanding our comfort-zone: when the role of church goes beyond the worship space and conventional outreach

June 5, 2019 – Building muscles and relationships to do good

June 12, 2019 – What a partnership looks like




Last Published: May 28, 2020 5:52 PM

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