Risk-Takers & Peacemakers, Survivors & Servants

I've been digging into some serious program design for this summer's "Coming Home Community" pilot project. We're going to start as a non-residential spiritual retreat, but look towards longer-term residential in the future. Part of our day will consist of engaging men, women and youth who change our worlds. I'm going to put up a HUGE map of the world & hit it old school with red string & pushpins marking where these souls are from, & pinning a short pic/bio surrounding the map.

People who change the world.

That's right.

Present tense.

Even those who have passed away still change the world, change our lives, & inspire to change and be changed. I tried choosing an equal number of men and women; people of many cultures and backgrounds; people more local (like Cheryl Bear) and people far, far away (like Desmond Tutu); people very well known (like Anne Frank) and people not so well known… yet (like my ultra-cool classmate for grad school Ra Mendoza); artists, musicians, theologians, teachers, and youth.

I'm sure you all could add many more worthy names to my list, but seeing as we only have 20 days together, I thought this was a great start to growing our "community".

Check it out…

Ra Mendoza 

Sojourner Truth

Richard Twiss

Corrien ten Boom

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Malala Yousafzai

Mohandas Ghandi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Eugene Cho

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Zach Hunter

Enuma Okoro

Micah Bournes

Mother Theresa

Brander Standing Bear Raven

Anne Frank

Desmond Tutu

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Nicky Cruz

Emma Thompson

Brennan Manning

Mira Sorvino

Rich Mullins

Rosa Parks

Martin Luther King Jr.

Claudette Colvin

Corbin Harney

Susun Aglukark

Nelson Mandela

Sara Kruzan

Emmanuel Jal

Thandiwe Chama

Shane Claiborne

Timea Nagy

Father Greg Boyle

Billie Holiday

Dr.John Perkins

Gianna Jessen

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Bethany Hamilton

Ibrahim Alex Bangura

Somaly Mam

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