Submitted by National Benevolent Association
Urban Mission Community Partners, an Incubate partner with the National Benevolent Association, is creating a space within the chaos where they can plant and grow, even if it is only the seed of possibility.
In the midst of our national pandemic, Urban Mission’s South Pomona Farm continues to provide fresh produce from their gardens to the community, serving families, immigrants, and students alike.
Another seed of possibility that they’ve sown is Down to Earth, a 10-week certificate program in “Restorative Gardening” for a cohort of formerly incarcerated men and women now on parole. This program is the first of its kind, as far as we know. It seeks to use their farming practices to teach basic farming skills, introduce basic horticulture, and explore restorative practices such as mindfulness and self-reflection.
Like the National Benevolent Association, UrbanMission Community Partners knows they do not plant these seeds alone. Together we are questioning corrupt, broken systems, and we’re finding the cracks, driving wedges, and creating holy spaces where seeds of possibility can be sown.
The National Benevolent Association is one of many general ministries supported by your gifts to the Easter special offering, received in many congregations on April 5 and 12.