Introduction (to Relocation)
The first three rules of real estate are location, location, location. The foundation of CCD is based on the same principle–location. Where a CCD practitioner is located will have implications on the impact he or she has in a neighborhood or community. Because a CCD practitioner may not initially be from or live in the place they seek to become connected to and rooted in, or because they may have been away for a time and be returning to that place, CCD calls the practice relocation. Dr. Perkins himself “relocated” from California back to his hometown of Mendenhall, Mississippi to serve the community and work with them toward justice, redemption, and restoration. Relocation is one of the original three Rs of the ethos of CCD (the other two being reconciliation and redistribution).
Historically, the term did not elicit a reaction as it sometimes does today. In part, the cultural and political climate of an increasingly globalized world requires that people be more acutely aware and sensitive to the complexities of the way words or language as a social construct can affect attitudes and behavior. For instance, it may appear innocuous to say as a CCD practitioner that you are “relocating” to become a part of a community, because by saying that, you may think that all you are communicating through the use of the word “relocation” is your intention to be with others in solidarity. However, for people already dealing with their marginalized social position in under-resourced places, or with their status as immigrants or refugees, relocation can mean something entirely different. Even the CCD practitioner’s own social position, ethnic or ancestral identity, and race has implications for how their “relocation” is perceived.
This module provides you and your team with insightful readings, profound biblical reflections, and thought-provoking discussions on the essence, challenges, and questions concerning the CCD practice of relocation.