$125 – $150

ABCD for Faith-Rooted Organizations: Training Opportunity

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DePaul University

1 East Jackson Boulevard

Suite DPC 8002

Chicago, IL 60604

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The Faith-Rooted Working Group of the ABCD Institute at Depaul University is offering training focused on your congregation and its relationship to its neighbors. The One Day Training (the day before the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Chicago Conference) on October 31st), includes:

  • Tools for asset-mapping your congregation

  • Stories and inspirations to open up creative new ways of doing things

  • Strategies to connect people over difficult issues facing communities

  • Experiential training in your immediate neighborhood

Who Should Attend Members of Faith-Rooter Organizations or congregations interested in raising questions like these:

  • Are your doors to community open or closed? Are only members permitted in?

  • Is the only community you know the one inside your doors?

  • Do you start with scarcity rather than abundance in seeking to live out God’s call to be good neighbors?

  • Do you want to have more than a charity relationship outside your doors?

  • Are these hard questions to answer? Good!

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a way of envisioning community that provides new insight into communities on both sides of those doors.

When and Where This 1-day event will be held October 31, 2018, at the Loop campus of DePaul University in Chicago. Lunch will be provided on-site as an inclusive part of the training. Lodging is the responsibility of each registrant though a list of possible locations under FAQ's may assist registrants in making their personal arrangements.

Workshop Leaders The workshop will be led by CCDA leaders and ABCD Institute Faculty members Richard Townsell and Mary Nelson, ABCD Institute Fellows Melissa Browning and John Unger.

Bios of each of the leaders can be found by clicking on their photos below.

Melissa Browning

Photo of Melissa Browning

Mary Nelson

Photo of Mary Nelson

Richard Townsell

Photo of Richard Townsell

John Unger

Photo of John Unger

Registration Fee $150 for individuals | $125 if registered for CCDA Conference (email khopes@comcast.net with CCDA registration information) | $100 each for group of 5 or more registering (email khopes for group code).


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The training is located in the Chicago Loop which is easily accessible by public transportation. It is also easily accessible by public transportaion from both O'Hare and Midway Airports.

Nearby parking options can be found at the following lots:

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions, email khopes@depaul.edu or contact Kim Hopes at 773-325-8344.

What are some local hotel options?

Below is a list of places to stay within 1.5 miles of the training. They range from dorm style hostels to full service hotels. At all hotels inquire if there is a DePaul University rate.

Best Western Grant Park Hotel

Best Western River North
125 W. Ohio St., Chicago, IL 60610
(800) 704-6941

The Blackstone Hotel

Central Loop Hotel

Chicago Hostels (Hostel World)

Congress Plaza Hotel

Essex Inn

HI Chicago, The J.Ira & Nicki Harris Family Hostel

Hilton Chicago

Hotel Felix
111 W. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60654
(877) 848-4040
When making online reservations, enter the DePaul University promotion code: DEPAUL

Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop

LaQuinta Inn and Suites Downtown Chicago

Palmer House

Silversmith Hotel

Travelodge Downtown Chicago

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1 East Jackson Boulevard

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Chicago, IL 60604

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