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Kirsten Strand
Aurora, IL
I'm the director of compassion & justice ministries at Community Christian Church in Illinois.
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I have lived in a largely immigrant community for the past 6 years. I know many of my friends and neighbors are undocumented, and I have seen some of them suffer the consequences of their status . . . inability... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Community 4:12
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In 1997 I read Ron Sider's Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, and my life has never been the same since. That book put words to thoughts and ideas and feelings I had been struggling with as a Christ-follower... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2012 at Community 4:12
I got my annual "shot in the arm/boost to the heart & spirit" fix last week at the CCDA conference in Minneapolis. There is nothing so energizing, encouraging, and challenging as being with 3,000 people who are fiercely and deeply... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Community 4:12
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Many of the moms in my community feel like there is not much they can contribute in this foreign land that they now call home. As undocumented immigrants, they are ineligible to get a driver’s license or a job. As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2012 at Community 4:12
Over the past 4 years, COMMUNITY has allocated $1.75 million to the work of four missional ministries . . . the NewThing Network, Frontline Ministries in the Philippines, our work in Haiti and Africa, mostly in partnership with World Relief,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2012 at Community 4:12
As the Director of the Compassion and Justice ministry at Community Christian Church, a few of our staff have asked me what I think of the viral explosion of the Kony 2012 movement. (In case you haven't heard of it,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2012 at Community 4:12
For the past couple of years, I have received an email every month or so letting me know about the need for volunteers to help at citizenship workshops in the area. These workshops help immigrants with green cards navigate the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at Community 4:12
Last week I presented a brand new team we are forming in East Aurora--the East Aurora Restore Team that will be made up of 10 - 15 families living in our focus community in East Aurora. These will be families... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at Community 4:12
If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. –Australian Aboriginal Activitst, Lila Watson Since 2003, Community 4:12 has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Community 4:12
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I had the opportunity to attend the news conference today announcing funding for a new Early Learning Initiative to help ensure that every child in Aurora has access to pre-school opportunities. There are currently only 49 "slots" for every 100... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2012 at Community 4:12
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I recently read this book that chronicles the experiences of five Latina immigrant mothers in Oakland, California as they become informed and engaged advocates for their children's education. It has generated a lot of thought and reflection, but one statement... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Community 4:12
A great post on "the justlife" . . .Everyday Lives of Love and Justice. Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2011 at Community 4:12
I've been thinking about the idea of "community" a lot lately. When I reflect on my life and the various places I've lived and friends that I've had, I can say without a doubt that it wasn't until we moved... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2011 at Community 4:12
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Four years ago my family moved from an upper-middle class, mostly Anglo neighborhood to a low-income, predominantly Hispanic community. Four years ago, “illegal immigration” was a nameless, faceless issue. Today, undocumented immigrants are neighbors, friends, and students in the third... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2011 at Community 4:12
It was bound to happen. Questioning whether we made the right decision to move our family from one of the best performing school districts in the state to one of the worst. In three and ½ years, I have pondered,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2010 at Community 4:12
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Homeownership is one of the biggest "hand-ups" you can give to help lift a family out of the cycle of poverty. Community 4:12 is replicating the Bryan House model through Emmanuel House to help families in East Aurora become homeowners.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2010 at Community 4:12
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Mar 15, 2010
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So many C412 memories from 2009. Here are the first 10 that come to mind (in no particular order) . . . Obe Arellano officially joined the staff at Community Christian Church as the LONG awaited East Aurora Campus Pastor.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2010 at Community 4:12