Saturday, May 08, 2010

The News From Turley Area: Summer of Community Health

A Third Place Community Center, 6514 N. Peoria Ave., where small acts of justice done with great love change the world. It has been a wonderful three years of growing in mission here. We had our Grand Opening in June 2007.

Just letting the news speak for itself this time about events ongoing here in the northern-edge community of Tulsa. It is pretty amazing stuff but only if you participate if you live close by in the greater Tulsa area, and if you live further way you can participate by helping spread our story in all the ways you have because you never know when it will reach that one or two people who will be so inspired by what's going on here, and how it is going on, that they will inspire us back their generosity, their ideas, their connections.

We just finished last rainy weekend the Beautify Turley Day, and were surprisingly and wonderfully joined at the last minute by a church youth group from Kansas which helped clean up our streets (thanks Vanessa and the Center for Racial Justice for their recommendation), and the renewed Welcome Sign is looking beautiful and still being finished; the music was great at the community center, and the schools gardens are growing too. We helped Cherokee School with a partner in education lunch Friday and made more good plans and connections there. Then did the same with From Turley to TU community coalitions networking at State Rep. Seneca Scott's monthly meeting--lots of people doing great things and lots of ideas for working together.

It launched us into a coming Summer of Transforming Love.

We have brought the Bookmobile back this summer to Turley, to A Third Place Center, so exciting. First day will be Friday June 4. Spread the word and let's swamp them with a welcome and customers.

We will have a Community Health Initiative working with OU social work students, and also another project working with OU pre med and medical students coming to Turley. See below.

We will have our Fourth Annual Turley and Area Festival Celebration Juneteenth Event, June 18-19

We will feed all the children in our area a free lunch everyday at Cherokee School from June 7 to August 6 so even though they aren't in school where they are primarily fed they will continue to have at least one good meal a day, and we will have activities for them too.

Coming up right away to support all the above:
Sunday, May 9, 10 am missional Mothers Day

Tuesday, May 11, 11 am north tulsa community coalitions networking at Job Corps; then come to 6:30 pm at the center every second Tuesday Let Turley Bloom ecological documentary; this day it is critically acclaimed "Manufactured Landscapes" and sustainability conversation and community gardening planning.

Wednesday, May 12, 5:30 pm unveiling the final design from OU Tulsa Graduate Design Studio for our project to transform a city block of abandoned homes into the Welcome Table Kitchen Garden Park project at 60th and N. Johnstown. We have a closing date on purchase coming up and still need some 100 people to give an average $100 to help us begin the project. Go to and donate online, and pass it on. It only happens with your help. Donate more if you can, less if you need to, and spread the word to others. See the full vision on the website.

Friday, May 21, 2:30 pm Turley Leadership Council networking at the Center

June 4-5, June 18-19 and July 2-3, Community Health Initiative with OU Graduate Social Work students and A Third Place. Two neighborhoods and others will be closely surveyed to build an understanding of the community health problems in our area, information that will help us, we hope, get grants to help alleviate the issues.

Fridays July 9 and 16 Community Health Project with OU premed and medical students in our area.

And ongoing worship Sunday mornings, community and guerilla gardening and the "usual subversive activities" during the week. Or just come hang out. And working working working on the Big Vision news hope to unveil soon too about creating safe and sustainable spaces, outdoors and indoors, from one end of our area to the other.

It sounds like a lot going on, and compared to the years right before we began to incarnate Jesus and Freedom into our community, there has been a real emergence of "good things happening", but we always, always have room for your passion, your project, your connections, your dreams. Help us grow your soul, the soul of our community, and in the process the soul of God which keeps on giving.

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