Mission Possible: Detroit

Share Button

Mission Possible:Detroit  August 7-12, 2016

MPD button

A week-long, residential experience.

Going deeper!

This is a Mission Possible unlike any we have ever done before. We are not just coming and doing, we are going deeper. In preparation, we are asking you to go deeper from the beginning.

Here is our purpose:

To immerse ourselves in the City of Detroit so that we can experience transformation together through eye-opening moments, to take fear down, and to find out who are our sisters and brothers.

Here are our goals:

  • Living in Detroit, interacting with residents
  • Developing intentional opportunities to discuss race/diversity
  • Creating community that helps to expand the sense of the other

Here is how we are going deeper:

When you register, there are three questions we would like you to answer as part of the registration process. Once registered, we will send you an email with a link to where you can answer these questions. We are asking that EVERYONE answers them.

  1. What three words/ideas pop out to you from our purpose statement, and why?
  2. After seeing what our goals are, what are you looking forward to and why?
  3. What challenges you about our goals and why?

Here is how we responded:

Because it wouldn’t be fair to only ask you to answer those questions, three members of our planning team have also answered them.

Pastor-Manisha

The Rev. Manisha Dostert, Associate Rector, Christ Church Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, MI

  1. What three words/ideas pop out to you from our purpose statement, and why?‘immerse’: Amazing things happen when I choose to remove myself from places of comfort and “live” in another space.
    ‘eye-opening moments’: When this happens, I always know God is working on me, opening my eyes.
    ‘our sisters and brothers’: I love meeting new people, especially people whose experiences are different than mine.
  2. After seeing what our goals are, what are you looking forward to and why?I am looking forward to interacting with people who live in Detroit. I want to hear what life is like for them, and discover good in the midst of the difficult, joy in the midst of pain and struggle.
  3. What challenges you about our goals and why?I am challenged by our hope to engage in discussions surrounding race relations and diversity. I am really hoping these will be fruitful, and let us see things in a new way, without blaming or shaming one another. I am hoping it will have impact on all of us, which may be a lot to ask of a mission trip that is five days long.

Chris Gannon
Chris Gannon, Minister to Youth and Young Adults, St. James, Birmingham, MI

  1. What three words/ideas pop out to you from our purpose statement, and why?
    -‘experience transformation together’ – Change can be a scary thing but to be able to change and be transformed “together” is rather comforting!
    -‘eye-opening moments’ – those ‘a-ha’, eye-opening moments are a thing of beauty; to be able to watch each other experience them is going to be exciting.
    -‘take fear down’ – Fear, I believe, is the opposite of ‘love’. To take it down, allows for love to bloom in places where it hasn’t before.
  2. After seeing what our goals are, what are you looking forward to and why? And what challenges you? I am really looking forward to hanging out in Detroit for the five days; however, I am nervous about the many unknowns that come with interacting with the local residents. I am worried that I will say or do something that seems stupid or ignorant.I am excited about meeting different people and groups in which to have these discussions. I know that there are things that I do not know and understand. Yet I am excited about learning from the experience and the knowledge of others.I love the plan of “going deeper” to get to know one another and creating community. It makes my heart happy to be able to really learn about one another.

Eric Travis
Eric Travis, Missioner for Youth and Young Adults, Detroit, MI

  1. What three words/ideas pop out to you from our purpose statement, and why?‘Immersion’ means to jump all in. To commit to an experience and to live it.
    -‘Transformation‘ is about moving from the old to the new and that is my biggest hope for our world.
    -‘Take down fear‘ acknowledges the fear that is out there, but to also realize that it can be taken down. Fear doesn’t have to stop or paralyze you.
  2. After seeing what our goals are, what are you looking forward to and why? Creating community that helps to expand the sense of the “other”. I love being with people and to learn from their experiences, especially experiences that I haven’t had myself.
  3. What challenges you about our goals and why? Creating community… I am challenged by the idea of creating a community that welcomes and accepts all, including people who have different points of view than myself. How can we ensure that everyone feels accepted without only having “the same kind of people” in the group.Here is our flyer!

    Mission Possible Detroit <— Click image to download a copy of the flyer.

Comments are closed