What is the Common Thread?
Between Albion and Marshall, there is a Common Thread that connects us.
With this Common Thread in hand, the AMRCP will weave together opportunities for the residents of both towns to come to together – to engage, grow, learn, and heal from witnessing each other’s experiences.
Today, tomorrow, and the next, we recognize:
- Stones once used to build the walls that divide us can be repurposed to sustain bridges that strengthen our understanding of each other and our communities.
- Differences in color and income, hometown and religion, past actions and beliefs do not end conversations, but begin them.
- There is a seat at the table for everyone.
There is a Common Thread that connects us all.
Year one of the AMRCP provided nearly 30 opportunities for residents from both cities to begin to engage, grow, learn, and heal. From field trips to movie screenings, book discussions, the arts, workshops, and structured dialogues, each event began the process of repairing broken bonds between neighbors, whether they be 12 steps or 12 miles apart.
Year two will continue that process, and carry us one step closer to our vision of creating a vibrant region where all people can flourish. Through a video series, we will share new stories that tell a larger narrative and demonstrate our commonalities and collective wealth. We will move from personal to community, forging new paths on a journey to build lasting partnerships that enrich our lives and communities, every step of the way.
Your personal involvement will help develop a vision of what resilient communities look like, through workshops, social events, and training. Our goal is to provide tools, information, and access to ongoing resources that will allow your participation and steadfast belief in our commonality to continue to grow.
Year two will also provide training for 150 professionals within Albion and Marshall using Starr Commonwealth’s recently refreshed Glasswing Racial Healing and Equity curriculum. In addition, 20 of those people will be trained as trainers in the coursework to expand the capacity of facilitation in the coming years, bringing us yet another step closer to the systemic change we envision. Glasswing participants will learn the value of listening and the importance of their role within the process of healing racism.
We invite you to be part of the transformation. We invite you to see and feel it in action, as the hard work of many individuals and organizations is tapped to showcase, connect, and draw each of us closer to one another. As each activity unwinds and the personal connections formed through each weave together, the common thread that connects us will become a rich tapestry. Through these activities, the true comfort that comes from calling Albion and Marshall home will be felt by all. Please join us, find your connection, and be part of the transformation!