Transformation Think Tank

Guest Reflections on Community Transformation

Here we feature monthly reflections by local, regional or national leaders who have significant experience in community transformation. We are asking them to reflect on what’s working and why, what’s not working and why, and what’s not being tried that should be.

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Vision, Purpose and Initiatives

CCT Vision — What We See

A Central Valley defined by equal access to all the blessings of our region—an abundant community that flourishes with entrepreneurial creativity, spiritual freedom, economic vitality and justice, environmental integrity, cross cultural/social collaboration and political health.

CCT Purpose — Why We Exist

To provide a faith-rooted, institutional engine and catalyst for systemic and sustainable transformation into a unique region of communities characterized by abundance and peace.

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The Transformation of Power for the Common Good

“This is the rule of the most perfect Christianity, its most exact definition, its highest point, namely, the seeking of the common good…for nothing can so make a person an imitator of Christ as caring for his neighbors.” 

--John Chrysostom (ca. 347-407)

“Can anything get done in Washington?”

 This is a daily refrain in headlines, in 140-character messages on Twitter, and from cynical pundits on Sunday morning news shows.  But the ‘closer to home’ question for us here in the Valley is, “Can anything really be done to solve our community’s daily issues…much less move the needle on our most intractable problems in this place we all call home, or are we stuck with what we have?”

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Faith & Finances: Church Centered Financial Education for People in Vulnerable Communities

The Faith & Finance Training equips those in low-income communities to avoid unjust lending practices, and providing a congregational approach to financial literacy training to help prepare vulnerable people for success. This program is...

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