Uniting Our City as One
Our mission is to create space and opportunities to unite our city through resources, relationships, and community development.
We believe in a city where division disappears, people purposely connect, and our community builds upon each other’s strengths and resources. For far too long we have bought into the idea that separation along the lines of socio-economic, racial, or cultural background is normal. We have even allowed the location of our homes dictate who we are and how we feel about those not like us. We no longer want to fall into the false belief that separation should be an accepted way of life. Separation and division not only hurts us as individuals, but it can slowly break down and destroy a community.
At One City, our mission and belief that we are ONE derives from the belief that “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:4-6
As a faith-based organization, we believe we are called to to love one another and break through the barriers that have separated us. Not only do we need each other, we need to truly know each other to understand the struggles of our neighbors and how we as a community can work toward transformation and holistic restoration of our community.
With this purpose in mind at One City, we have created opportunities to bridge gaps and resources through three initial components:
Although we see these expanding in the future, our current focus is intentional on these three initial components.
The pulse of One City is our facility, an old warehouse located at 610 Independence. This serves as the One City Community Center. The Community Center is a place where we value the life and experiences of each person in our community. A place where we believe unity and collaboration for the betterment of our community will begin. At One City, all are welcome, no matter where you live or the color of your skin. It is a place where love unites and true change occurs.
One City is proud to be a member of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) which is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored. One City works hard to uphold the values of Dr. John M. Perkins, founder of CCDA. Dr. John M. Perkins is a Christian minister, civil rights activist, Bible teacher, author, philosopher and community developer.
At One City we believe there is a place for everyone. We believe by uniting our community and bridging gaps, our City benefits as a whole. We hope you find your place with us at One City.