Brotherhood Brew Brews Brotherly Love

Phalen Pounds
by Phalen Pounds | Mar 23, 2012
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Summary:

“The test of the morality of a society is how it treats its children”
–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In the spirit of Brotherly love, Brotherhood Brew, a local Saint Paul social enterprise, providing organic, fair trade locally roasted coffee and tea while creating employment opportunities for African American young men, would like to facilitate a series of sixteen movable coffeehouses. Just as coffeehouse conversations inspired great thoughts and ideas in the past that continue to impact society today, we would like to invoke an atmosphere of openness and mutuality to foster chances for people of a diverse community to come together so we can recognize our similarities and differences, our common strengths and values and how to learn from each other and build relationships. The young leaders of Brotherhood, Inc. will go to a variety of places of worship and community gathering spaces, to invite people of all ages, faiths and cultures to engage in bold conversations about how to brew communities that support something we all agree upon: creating safe spaces for our young people to grow and flourish, as well as empower them as leaders in the community.

About You

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About You

First Name

Phalen

Last Name

Pounds

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

City

St. Paul

Innovation

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Brotherhood Brew Brews Brotherly Love

What is your best idea to build bonds and work together across cultures and faiths in your community?

“The test of the morality of a society is how it treats its children”
–Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In the spirit of Brotherly love, Brotherhood Brew, a local Saint Paul social enterprise, providing organic, fair trade locally roasted coffee and tea while creating employment opportunities for African American young men, would like to facilitate a series of sixteen movable coffeehouses. Just as coffeehouse conversations inspired great thoughts and ideas in the past that continue to impact society today, we would like to invoke an atmosphere of openness and mutuality to foster chances for people of a diverse community to come together so we can recognize our similarities and differences, our common strengths and values and how to learn from each other and build relationships. The young leaders of Brotherhood, Inc. will go to a variety of places of worship and community gathering spaces, to invite people of all ages, faiths and cultures to engage in bold conversations about how to brew communities that support something we all agree upon: creating safe spaces for our young people to grow and flourish, as well as empower them as leaders in the community.

Impact and Sustainability

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How will your idea have a positive impact on your community?

The impact of this project will be to percolate equality, and put aside the stereotypes that we learn through ignorance, mis-education, and media. These conversations will focus on bringing people together of different faith traditions and cultures to discuss critical issues in the communities they share such as the arts, interfaith dialogue, racial and cultural stereotypes, health and wellness, immigration, intergenerational relationships, language and styles of communication, education and access, housing, types of dress, and community participation. To engage as many people as possible, we will reach out to community agencies, local schools, law enforcement, and places of worship and invite them into the planning process of the coffeehouses. Through this process, we hope to build sustainable relationships among community entities that cross cultures and faith in respectful and empowering ways.

Here are the steps we propose: Within our neighborhood in St. Paul (Frogtown, Hamline-Midway, Summit-University, Merriam Park) we will identify community organizations that already draw neighbors across cultures and faiths and send them letters to explain our idea and how we hope to implement it. We will follow up with phone calls to the leaders of these organizations to invite them and the youth-aged leaders in their organization to meet with us and discuss the idea. Next, we will host an introductory coffeehouse with the leadership of the community organizations to invite them to help us build up our series of coffeehouses, brainstorm locations, topics for dialogue, food served, etc. The final step will be for the community organizations to invite their communities to attend the actual coffeehouses through their networks and community outreach.

What do you think the lasting effect will be if your idea is implemented?

Our dream is to see these conversations as springboards to empower further conversation and creative, long lasting action within the community. The relationships that are formed can export the idea to neighboring communities in the Twin Cities area using their network. We acknowledge the biggest hurdles for sustainability are 1. Attracting and engaging members of our diverse urban community to come together for dialogue and action, and 2. Making these coffee gatherings relevant and accessible to both youth and adults.

To address these challenges we propose the following: Each of the first eight coffeehouses will take place in community gathering spaces in the above named neighborhoods in St. Paul. With the input from neighborhood/organizational leaders we will offer in each free coffeehouse gathering:

A meal representing a particular ethnic or cultural community
Coffee/beverage service furnished by Brotherhood Brew
An advertised topic for dialogue
A youth keynote speaker to begin the conversation
A space set up for conversation with round tables for 6-8 persons
Youth and adult facilitators at each table
Proposed steps for action from the conversation
Invitation to the next coffeehouse

The second set of eight coffeehouses will take place in another small group of neighborhoods in St. Paul or Minneapolis. We will connect with one or more sponsoring organizations in the new location, and engage in the same process of identifying community organizations that draw neighbors across cultures and faiths, meeting with the leadership and youth to introduce the idea and engage their help in implementation. The coffeehouses can continue in the original locations and be replicated in as many neighborhoods as we can generate interest. In this way, there will be bonds created across cultures and faiths and neighborhoods and between the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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