Nyika’s Freedom Ride Reflection

Written by Sanyika Dillard When you go on a “Freedom Ride” road trip, you make assumptions about what you’re going to see.  That’s exactly what I did.  I assumed that most people in Birmingham would be racist.  Boy, how wrong was I.  I assumed that everywhere we went would look like Charlotte.  I was wrong[…]

Freedom Ride: Gulf Shores

We left Selma in the afternoon and drove a looooooooong way on what seemed like very deserted roads to Gulf Shores, Alabama.  It just so happens that a church member from SouthPark Christian Church has a niece who lives in the Gulf Shores area, so she hooked us up with dinner when we arrived after[…]

Freedom Ride: Selma

When you ask our youth what is their favorite day of the QC Family Tree Freedom Ride, many of them will say, “Selma!”  To get to Selma, we backtracked a bit through what seemed like deserted roads of Alabama and arrived there midday to the temperature of 104 degrees.  We parked directly in front of[…]

Freedom Ride, Birmingham, Day 2

Remembering that it happened once, We cannot turn away the thought, As we go out, cold, to our barns, Towards the long night’s end, that we Ourselves are living in the world It happened in when it first happened. -Wendell Berry, from A Timbered Choir   When the Freedom Riders left Atlanta in 1961, they[…]

Freedom Ride, Atlanta Day 1

We have read, watched documentaries, and spent some time talking with one of Charlotte’s most important Civil Rights figures. The excitement has been huge around the house. After preparing for weeks, our Freedom Ride has gotten started. We started out Saturday morning headed ro Atlanta. We found a nice spot a few minutes off the[…]

Celebrating 10 years

Grace and peace to you from Enderly Park! At QC Family Tree, we are celebrating the past and looking towards exciting moves for the future. The first week of August will mark our tenth year of rooted discipleship in West Charlotte. This past decade has been a schooling for us as we have attempted to[…]

Patience in Prayer

Each day begins with prayer.  At noon, we pause for prayer.  In the evening, we eat together in a simple act of prayer and fellowship.  We are not sure whether our prayers are reshaping the world, but we trust that through our prayers God is remaking us into God’s people.  We remember that we are[…]

Working toward Justice

In 2015, we are talking about race again in a way that we have not before.  Being present in Enderly Park has given us eyes to see more of the depth of the brokenness of our racial system than many people get to see. We witness every day the way that places like ours have[…]

The Deep Grief of Loss

Life here keeps in front of us the fragility of life and the pain of loss. we have had to bury two of our beloved, Khalil, who was a teen, and Keith, who was in his early twenties.  We still walk by the places where they died nearly every day. We still talk about their[…]