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We envision The United Methodist Church for All People to be the front porch to the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we will be an inclusive community where all people are received with hospitality, find hope, experience God’s Divine economy of abundance, and are transformed through Jesus Christ. 

We are a church for all people. We give our love and offer the saving, healing love of Jesus Christ to everyone, no matter who they are or what they have done. We create and implement ministries that bring to life our vision.

We are Community Development for All People. Transforming Lives, Building for the Future. 

Monday’s read aloud guest was Dee Stickley-Miner; Director of Connectional Mission and Justice; West Ohio Conference, United Methodist Church. She read Giraffes Can’t Dance written by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees.

A long time fan of Freedom Schools, Stickley-Miner loves Harambee,”because it is joyful, participatory and high energy.. Reading isn’t dull and boring…it’s fun, stimulating and exciting!” 

Couldn’t say it better our self!  -All People Freedom Schools 

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Wednesday’s Read Aloud guest was Nancy Kelley. She read The Other Side writtenby  Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis.

Kelley, born and raised from Columbus’ South Side, was pleased by the high energy of her first Harambee experience as well as amazed of the attentiveness of the scholars during her reading. Additionally, Kelley liked the strong themes of friendship in the book and purchased hardcover copies for every scholar in the program.

For a full calendar of Read Aloud guests, visit our Calendar page.

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Servant Leader Intern: Molly McCartt

Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio

Program of Study: English (major), Secondary Education (Minor), at The College of Wooster

Future Goals: Becoming an advocate (in someway!) for education equality in America

Most looking forward to: Working with the scholars in the community garden! I love the idea of empowering the kids by working to make a difference in their environment!

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This week’s theme at All People CDF Freedom School is: I can make a difference in the world. George Howard, Director of Training and Development from Community Development for All People, read a book that takes place in Uganda. Beatrice’s Goat, written by Page McBrier and illustrated by Lori Lohstoeter, recounts a true story of the work done by Heifer Project International.

While this is Howard’s first experience at a Freedom Schools site, he is not unfamiliar with the advocacy work of the Children’s Defense Fund. “Children are some of the more vulnerable and impressionable people on the place of the planet,” commented Howard, “It’s a time in their life where we can help them discovered things that are hope-filled, that are possible for them and literacy literally opens up the world to them.”

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Linda Miller joined the scholars on Friday as their Read Aloud guest. Miller is on the board of directors at Community Development for All People. She shared one of her favorite books called People by Peter Spear. Miller chose to read this book, “because it is a statement of the value of people being different and appreciate [the] differences in each other.” Although no stranger to Freedom Schools, this was Miller’s first opportunity to attend Harambee and she found it to be, “very encouraging for young people to step up and express themselves.”

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Servant Leader Intern: Bianca Monique Daniels

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Program of Study: Psychology major, minor in Sociology

Future Goal(s):My ultimate goal is to get my Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. A short term goal is to be a teacher in a public school system.

What you are most looking forward to this summer at Freedom Schools? This summer I am most looking forward to watching the kids grow and learning from them. I just want to make a small impact in one of their lives and it will be more than worth it


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Servant Leader Intern: Myranda Porada

Hometown: Brunswick, Ohio

Program of Study: Middle Childhood Education at Ohio State University

Future Goal: To be accepted into Teach for America

What you are most looking forward to this summer at Freedom School? Im most excited to work with Freedom Schools because I can’t wait to watch the scholars grow by learning ways they can make a difference!