Love Your Neighbor, Honor the Sabbath

  • Overview


    • Pursue God’s heart for the Venable neighborhood in response to Jeremiah 29:7 and Micah 6:8.
    • Train the next generation in Christian Community Development practices in alignment with John and Vera Mae Perkins and CCDA.
    • Give undergraduate students the opportunity to live in a mixed-income, multi-ethnic, and inter-generational neighborhood to prepare them for a lifetime of incarnational ministry and community partnership.

    Core Commitments: 

    • Practice “Neighborhood Sabbath” on Sundays by being present in Venable. Neighborhood Sabbath might include:
      • Meeting, visiting neighbors
      • Walking, praying for the neighborhood
      • Eating together 
      • Playing together
      • Acts of service, especially for elderly neighbors
      • Anything restful and rejuvenating


    • Pray for Venable and discern as a community additional ways to bless and partner with the neighborhood
  • Year At-A-Glance

    SPRING 2017

    3 Sunday AM Meetings (8:30-9:55am before All Souls @ Venable)

    • Introduction - Perkins House & the Christian Life 
    • New Monasticism - History of Christian Intentional Communities Looking Ahead - Shaping a Community Covenant  


    SUMMER 2017

    Read The Justice Calling, by Kristen Deede Johnson and Bethany Hanke Hoang; A Quiet Revolution by John M. Perkins; Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster 


    FALL 2017

    2-Day Retreat with Rev. Bill Haley at Corhaven Farm (late August, TBD)
    4 Sunday AM Meetings (8:30-9:55am before All Souls @ Venable)

    • Sabbath – the practice of Sabbath keeping  
    • Awareness – personal & cultural awareness  
    • Lament – the need for personal & corporate lament
    • Prayer – contemplative prayer & social action


    SPRING 2018

    Easter Neighborhood Potluck (assist with planning and inviting)
    4 Sunday AM Meetings (2-3 Readings for each theme with guest facilitators)

    • Cities – ​thriving & flourishing  
    • Church – the church in the city 
    • Action – christian community development, organizing & direct action
    • Hope – proximate justice, mental health & hope  


    Closing Retreat  

  • Leadership

    Garrett Trent (Director)

    Garrett has lived in Charlottesville for over a decade, moving from Charlotte, NC to attend the University of Virginia in 2006 and graduating in 2010. After graduating, he received a MS Commerce - Marketing and Management degree from the McIntire School at UVA in 2011. Garrett worked on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for three years before transitioning to work with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville as Associate Director of Volunteer Engagement. He has a deep desire to bridge gaps and pursue the Beloved Community and lives in the 10th and Page neighborhood two blocks from his church, All Souls Charlottesville, and the Perkins House.

    Christen Yates (Program Advisor)

    Christy lives in Charlottesville with her husband and four children, completing a journey begun when she graduated from the University of Virginia in 1999. Christy serves as Associate Director for Theological Horizons and is a member of All Souls Charlottesville. Christy has lived from Washington, DC to inner city Boston to Vancouver. She’s studied theology, mentored college students, and developed a community arts initiative. Christy is also an artist:​. Her husband Chris is a writer and professor of philosophy and aesthetics.    

  • John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation

    To learn more about the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, please visit their website. View Site>>

     Dr. John M. Perkins is an American Christian ministercivil rights activist, Bible teacher, author, philosopher and community developer. He is Founder & President Emeritus of John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation with his wife Dr. Vera Mae (also known as "Grandma"). Perkins has received 13 Honorary Doctorate degrees from Belhaven University, Lynchburg University, Wheaton College, Gordon College, Taylor University among others. He has served on the Board of Directors for World Vision and Prison Fellowship.