Editor's note: Associate Conference Minister Andy Gustafson is on sabbatical, traveling across the country. He will be visiting United Church of Christ Justice and Witness immersion centers and mission sites and blogging about what he sees. His posts about those sites will be posted here on macucc.org. His full travel blog is here: http://travelblogs.mapquest.com/32860/changing-lives-tour.
It was my privilege to visit the UCC Franklinton Center at Bricks in Whitakers, NC today. The Franklinton Center is directly tied to New England and Northern Congregationalists of the American Missionary Association who founded schools in the South after the Civil War for newly freed slaves. The site is a former slave plantation purchased by a Mrs. Bricks to start the school. Today education is still central to the purpose of the center, both for people in the community on food, nutrition, literacy and for UCC and other folks who visit for retreats and conferences. Vivian Lukas, Diana Allen and Eunice Carrasco-Hill are our UCC staff who run the center. The new hospitality house has hotel quality rooms and a wonderful Fellowship Hall named in honor of Yvonne Delk, longtime leader in the UCC on Justice issues, and who happened to be at Bricks today.
At right, Vivian Lukas, Director and Diana Allen, Office Manager.
The late Andy Gustasfon served as the Associate Conference Minister for Stewardship and Financial Development from 2004 to 2014.