Mad St. Gallery

Mad St. Gallery presents Mad St. Sampler $99 all works Often the most interesting ideas come to us first as brief journal entries, playful notions, passing comments, intuitive bursts, and overheard suggestions.  It is from these momentary explorations that some of our most lasting pursuits emerge.  Mad St. Gallery presents small works from our favorite […]

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Posted by Debbie Wright
Bikes, Buildings and Gardens: The Language of Sustainability

What do bikes, buildings and gardens have in common?  Could they provide us with pragmatic ways to be co-creators with God? Our work in commonGood around bicycles and gardens is coalescing with developing work around the built environment to form the commonGood Sustainability Project.  Our understanding of sustainability is living in the present with actions […]

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Posted by Debbie Wright
What Are We Talking About?

“Community”.   “Neighborhood”.   “Development”.   “Organizing”.   We have a tendency to use lots of terms in interchangeable ways, and in doing so, we obfuscate the meaning of each one. At commonGood, we’ve described ourselves as an asset-based community development initiative.  That means we want to identify what skills and capacity already exist among us, and link those […]

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Talking Food in a “Sustainable” Context

The first step to learning about a new-to-you concept is usually getting down some basic lingo since each vocation or craft has its own language.  I want to introduce you to a couple of key terms you are likely to hear when talking about sustainability in the area of urban/suburban food production: Local Food – […]

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Often we hear the term “play” and how important play is for our kids’ health and well-being. But what exactly is “play”? What does it mean?

If as parents, advocates for children, and teachers we are going to take seriously the research that tells us children need to play and that is how they learn most effectively, then we must use play as the pedagogical principle by which we provide learning environments.  If we are working together in raising our children, […]

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Helping Neighborhoods Rise

Mad St. Gallery has evolved into more than just an exhibit space.  Since January, the gallery has become just one part of a larger vision of the arts through the commonGood efforts at Madison Street Church. Mad St. Arts is born! Mad St. Arts comprises three things:  a place, a program, and a people  -  […]

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“Culture differences among us provide the richest color to our lives…”

Through this year, I’ve learned the difference between valuing the individual in U.S. culture and caring for the group in my home country, Laos. My best moments with the cross-culture exchange are the opportunities to learn so many valuable lessons.  Understanding each other’s values, customs and respect is helping us build relationships and bring change […]

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Posted by Debbie Wright
Fair Trade and the Iron Rule of Organizing

“Never do for others what they can do for themselves.” (1) What new territory can this “Iron Rule of Organizing” lead us into? This concept is essential to understanding community development, driving us to think outside the box about how we serve people living in poverty.  It takes us out of the mindset that says […]

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Posted by Debbie Wright
Book of Ruth

Elizabeth Malone will perform a solo show of the book of Ruth on Sunday, May 11th at 10:00am, Madison Street Church, 3991 Madison Street in Riverside during the morning service as a preview performance! Her goal is to perform this piece in the traditional Field of Boaz in Beit Sahur (right outside of Bethlehem) in […]

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Posted by Debbie Wright