Another inter::mission update
April 18, 2008, 7:59 am
Filed under: college ministry, culture, inter::mission, Seattle, social action, the purple door

Last night we enjoyed another terrific teach-in at The Purple Door, as part of our ongoing inter::mission project.  Every time I go home from one of these nights, I get more excited about the things we’ve been able to do in our first year, and how things are coming together more and more.

Our guest for the evening was Tali Hairston, who is the director of the John Perkins Center at Seattle Pacific University.  He led SPU in developing the center about four years ago, and has done some truly exciting things there that have made the university (and Seattle) a better place.  My appreciation for that school went up a lot last night, and I already thought pretty highly of it.  You can read an archived story of the development of the John Perkins Center here.

Tali told the story of John Perkins and how he developed the Christian Community Development Association.  He also told his own story, which beautifully illustrated the kind of reconciliation that CCDA brings about.  I really appreciate his integrity – he’s in his position because he was doing the work of reconciliation on the streets of his community, without looking for any recognition . . . but he got noticed anyway.  And many kudos to SPU for recognizing it, and bringing him into the mix.  It’s awesome to see how the school has really integrated the vision of the center into all of their programs.


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