During October 21-30th I was apart of an intensive documentary photography workshop with renowned photographer, Danny Wilcox Fraizer, at Central Michigan University. This workshop was titled “Fault Line: A Nation Divided,” and focused on exploring what has caused our society in the U.S. to be polarized and divided and communities that are working to build unity. Below is my story (which was finalized by myself, Danny Wilcox Fraizer, Kent Miller and a group of peers). There will be another post later explaining my experience, so look out for that. Enjoy!!
P.S. Thank you so much to the community of Mack Avenue Community Church for allowing me into your lives during this week, I am truly grateful.
Listen to this song while viewing photostory, it was presented to the public on the 30th with this audio addition. The song is sung in the Chruch during worship: “Awesome” by Charles Jenkins. This song was my inspiration for the mood and message of this photostory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_UE7xgNOzM
“Going Block to Block, Neighbor by Neighbor”
*This photo essay was apart of a documentary photography workshop with renowned photographer, Danny Wilcox Fraizer, titled “Fault Line: A Nation Divided”*
Mack Avenue Community Church, located on the corner of Mack Avenue and Harding Street in East Detroit is a staple in the community. MACC works to build racial reconciliation in the community under the influence of God and one of their mottos, “Block by Block, Neighbor by Neighbor.”
MACC is lead by two pastors, Executive Pastor and Pastor of Community Development, Leon Stevenson, and Lead Pastor, Eric Russ. They are also assisted by a group of Church Elders and a Director of Operations. MACC Vision Statment is, “seeing communities transformed both spiritually and physically starting with our own.”
MACC also hosts 5 Ministries, including outReach Detroit, MACC Groups, MACC Development, MACC Youth, and MACC Kids. outReach Detroit is described as (from their website), “Outreach is an expression of Christian (followers of Jesus Christ) servants caring for others with intentionality so that those who live in the city of Detroit may experience true life.” MACC works to build opportunities for children, the community members, and church members to grow individually and as a group both spiritually and physically.
Members of MACC that truly stand out for their outreach and acts by the word of the Bible are the Egger Family and Edythe Ford.
The Egger family has 5 children, 3 biological and 2 adopted. When asked why the need to adopt, Kristin Egger states, “It is a three-fold reason:”
1. Because of Isaiah 1:17 “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed; Take up the cause of the orphan; plead the case of the widow.” and the Eggers state that they view this as a commandment by God. 2. They witnessed children in really poor foster homes in their neighborhood and wanted to help give them more opportunities. 3. Before they were married, both Nate and Kristin Egger wanted to adopt.
Edythe Ford was awarded the 2017 Spirit of Detroit award along with two other recognitions from the City of Detroit and the Detroit Police Department for her active work in making sure the community and neighborhood are safe and in good living conditions.
Mack Avenue Community Church is a bring the Church back into the active lives of the neighborhood and community. They are working with all people of all races to build unity and show the strength and hope that lives within Detroit.