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Bruce Calkins


After his retirement as a Pastor, Bruce visited a man in prison. They prayerfully decided to begin an outreach to the gay community. After the prison term was completed, the man invited his friends and contacts to a gathering. [...]

Listen Los Angeles: Mackenzie Edwards


Listen Los Angeles, a ministry of Bridge Leader Mackenzie, promotes racial reconciliation through art events focused on listening to the experiences of Black America. And attendees are being impacted. Here is what one person had to say after coming out [...]

Bridging in Retirement: Rex McDaniel


“In retirement, I have been glad and grateful to hear Jesus say, ‘Go join them, in their work and at their table,’” shared Rex, one of our newest Bridge Leaders. Rex spends three days a week at a Habitat Build [...]

Urban Confessional: A FREE Listening Movement


One of the primary skills Bridge Leaders develop is creating safe space for people to be heard and accepted. Our friends at Urban Confessional are paving the way for a culture of listening and relationship through their simple, profound acts of [...]

Connecting to God through poetry-writing


Bridge Leader Greg has been training Street Chaplains in Fremont, California to build bridges of spiritual friendship among people in housing facilities and those experiencing homelessness. One of the ways they help people process their experiences and connect to God [...]

Level Ground: Creating Dialogue, Not Division


The Bridges Team is excited about the work that our friends at Level Ground are doing to build bridges of dialogue, not division at the intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality. If you don't know about Level Ground, check them [...]

Partnering with churches to reduce waste: Barbie Ishida


Bridge Leader Barbie is passionate about bridging around ecology issues among local churches. She is helping churches and their communities embody good stewardship of the earth through education, community projects, and changed habits of waste production. Common Ground Altadena Barbie Ishida has [...]

Bridges: a non-profit that trains neighbors to help neighbors


PUBLISHED IN LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE'S "NEIGHBORS" MAGAZINE (SEPT 2016). Bridges is a La Canada-based national non-profit that equips neighbors to care for each other in practical, meaningful ways. Jim Milley founded the organization in 2010 to equip community leaders who [...]

Bridging school and church worlds: field report


What might it look like to build a bridge as you walk on it? Bridge Leader Clark shares where he is in the process of building bridges between the worlds of school and work: Going to School "Things are going [...]

Hope within isolated housing facilities


Bridge Leaders CROSS BARRIERS to engage people outside of church culture. Bridge Leader Greg shares, "We are crossing barriers to build relationships with those in and around nearby low-income housing facilities." Greg is a pastor in Freemont, California who is [...]

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