Richmond: Broken Promises, New Covenants
The history here is as thick as the air on a summer evening — from the stately homes lining Monument Avenue to the timeless brick warehouses along the James River. Richmond today hums with energy thanks to a thriving arts scene, up-and-coming colleges and universities, and innovative national corporations whose headquarters anchor the local economy. But on a still night you can also hear the humming of Richmond’s past: port of entry for the Atlantic slave trade, capital of the Confederacy, and site of urban-suburban divisions as stark as any in America. Yet it’s here that a multicultural and multiclass generation of Christian leaders are building new kinds of institutions that take Richmond’s future as seriously as its past.
Don Coleman, Richmond's newly elected school board chairman, wants more churches to adopt local, struggling schools.
Nathan Clarke and Laura Joyce Davis
How a local team's success has altered Richmond's future.
In my hometown of Richmond, I long for a truly great food scene that blesses the privileged and under-privileged alike.
How a new housing ministry is welcoming the newly arrived.
Nathan Clarke and Corey Widmer
Two Christians who promote natural foods as part of their vocational callings.
Franchise owner Erik Devriendt doesn't have much to say about the recent imbroglio over Dan Cathy's comments. He just wants to help local refugees.
What happens when a Richmond-based concert venue asks audiences to be completely silent.
Rebecca Parker Payne
Fritz Kling and Tim Holtz share how the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute has prepared over 150 diverse leaders under age 40 to serve their city well.
Interview by Andy Crouch
The qualities that have made the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute flourish in five years are key to any leadership program, anywhere.
A cancer diagnosis inspired Kim Newlen to create something beautiful for other women.
How Christian-Muslim dialogue in Richmond is bearing fruit amid rancorous national debates.
Nathan F. Elmore
Blue Sky Fund, led by Lawson Wijesooriya, connects inner-city kids to Richmond's natural riches.
For Harrison Higgins, building beautiful furniture is not simply a steady job but a sacrament unto God.
How local Christians are building human capital through public health—one man at a time.
Why Christians in Richmond, Virginia, and elsewhere are choosing to send their children to struggling public schools.
Amy Julia Becker
Five Richmonders who transcend their city's cultural Christianity in unlikely ways.
Like the old mansions gracing my streets, Richmond itself finds its beauty in the very places it needs the most work.
Communities tell their stories through public landmarks. What does your city's landmarks say about you?
With the current land-use patterns in the U.S., seeking biblical justice is near impossible.
A real revival in America will include the 99 percent.
Lisa Sharon Harper
If Christians want to advance the common good, they should turn to their own hearts, not the government.
D. C. Innes
How can people who share the same faith embrace such different politics?
When humans and creation interact, it's a good thing.
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