September 2017 Newsletter
Jay Hoekstra's Church's Neighborhood Development committee "wanted to help build a strong neighborhood with diversity of incomes and economic health." Recognizing that "good buildings in a walkable urban setting are necessary parts of that" they set out on a 12 year journey to do just that. Read their story at this link.
INVITATION TO SEMINAL FAITH & URBANISM EVENTS
Caucus members are invited to attend two seminal back-to-back events, the UN-Habitat Faith-Based Urban Thinkers Campus and Urban Shalom Forum, from Nov. 10-15, 2017 in Singapore.
These events are being planned by a team of people including caucus member, Chris Elisara, under the auspices of the World Evangelical Alliance Creation Care Task Force and the Urban Shalom Project. If you are interested in attending, and/or being involved in the leadership team for the urban design sector please go to this link.
CNU MEMBERS NETWORKING SESSION AT CCDA CONFERENCE
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is having its National Conference in Detroit, during October 4–7, 2017. Caucus members are encouraged to attend. Learn more at this link.
Chris Elisara will also be hosting a formal networking event for CCDA members and CNU members to intentionally explore together our mutual interests in urbanism, and why and how as members we could collaborate for the common good “making places people love.” This free networking session is Oct. 5th at 5:30-6:45 PM in the Duluth B room at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. If you're a local CNU'er please come to this networking session to share what you know about urbanism, learn what CCDA is all about, and consider how you could collaborate.
CNU Public Square published a story inviting CNU'ers to this networking session. You can read the story at this link. Please share this story/invitation with your networks.
5th ANNUAL NEW URBANISM FILM FESTIVAL Oct 19-22, 2017.
The New Urbanism Film Festival kicks off again in Hollywood Oct. 19-22, 2017. Four days of movies about people from all over the world who are making their neighborhood a better place. After each feature film, or group of short films, a local urbanist interprets the lessons of the film that can be applied to your own neighborhood in Los Angeles, or wherever you live. To get tickets go to this link.
TALKS AND LECTURES - Oct. 13, 2017, Twin Cities, MN: Sara Joy Proppe: Churches for the Common Good national conference.
General information: https://www.madetoflourish.org/events/cg2017.
Specific Information: https://www.madetoflourish.org/event/cg2017-twin-cities.
- Oct, 12, 2017, West Palm Beach, Fl. Eric O. Jacobsen. Walkability West Palm Beach. Sponsored by UniverCity WPB and Connect WPB. Go to this link to see a weblink with more details coming soon.
HURRICANE HARVEY HELPING HAND:
You could lend a big helping hand for people living in small communities of 200K or less in Texas by participating in a FAST team that helps municipal governments ensure they have the necessary tools and information to adequately navigate the FEMA Project Worksheet. CNU and friends--Collaborative Communities, Strong Towns, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology--are joining forces to help recruit these three person teams. To learn more go to this link.
NEW CNU-MCC WEBSITE:
The caucus has a website! The address is address is www.cnu-mcc.org. It is being hosted on the Center to Environmental Leadership's (CEL) website. CEL is a Christian ministry founded by MCC leadership committee member, Chris Elisara, and has as one of its foci the built environment. The website is still a work in progress, but check it out!
Don't forget we have our own private CNU-MCC Facebook group too. You can join at this link.
NEW PUBLICATION BY CAUCUS MEMBER:
MCC member, Prof. Lee Hardy, has just published a wonderful new book on New Urbanism for a Christian audience. To learn more go to this link.
GUIDELINES FOR CNU-MCC FINALIZED BY LEADERSHIP COMMITTEE:
At the annual meeting at CNU25, the CNU-MCC membership approved the proposed caucus guidelines in principle, and asked the newly elected leadership committee to work out a few remaining minor details. The committee made only a few small amendments to the guidelines. To read the CNU-MCC's organizing guidelines go to this link.
PROPOSALS FOR CNU26:
CNU.26 Savannah is fast approaching! CNU-MCC hopes to host a member-led session again (assuming CNU will keep providing that opportunity for members), and that our members will be able to contribute topics and/or projects as team members in other general sessions. We will also apply for a general session with a faith, planning, and design angle. Possible areas could include disaster planning/relief, equitable housing/transportation options, etc.. This is still taking shape, and if we land something more concrete that members could contribute to we'll let you know.
Regarding the member-led session, if you've got a topic you'd like to see addressed and/or a project you want to highlight, send us your proposal (200 words) by Friday, December 1, 2017 to email@example.com.
SEEKING A CAUCUS LOGO:
We are actively seeking someone interested in designing the CNU-MCC logo. This Pro-Bono effort will impact our community greatly. Reach out to us.
SEND US YOUR NEWS AND EVENTS:
If you have news or an event you'd like members to know about please send that information to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include it in our newsletters.
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