ProjectCURATE (Center for Urban Reconciliation and Theological Education) is a leadership and learning process that seeks to deepen relationships and inspire action. Cohorts cultivate relationships with a diverse community from across the divides in Houston and will be learning from academics, activists, practitioners, and — most importantly — each other.
One of the cohorts in ProjectCURATE’s first year, Brad Harmes, observed that it was “designed to bridge gaps, open doors, and build kinship among members of diverse faith communities that would not likely have come together without this innovative endeavor. It has succeeded in engaging the participants in ways I never imagined by taking us to transitional neighborhoods and introducing us to Houston-born citizens and those more recently arrived to hear their stories and share a bit of their journey. I look forward to participating in year two of this pilot program.”
Added another St. Paul's member, Jennifer Harvey, "“ProjectCURATE has my made my world bigger. I’ve had such enriching experiences visiting communities I may never have had the opportunity to visit, along with getting to know some terrific people in different ministries. We all share a common faith and a desire to learn.”
Programming during this initial year has included presentations by Michael Emerson, Academic Director ,Kinder Institute of Urban Research, Rice University, and immigration attorney Charles Foster plus visits to communities in underservered parts of the city.
If you are interested, visit www.projectcurate.org or contact Matt Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please see these articles from the Conference CrossConnections eletter about ProjectCURATE: ProjectCURATE Fosters Relationship Amidst Cultural Explosion (April 2015) and ProjectCURATE Director Co-lectures with Archbishop Rowan Williams of Cambridge (November 2015).
The first ProjectCURATE session will be in mid-January with dinner together the previous evening.