Today’s “issues” of injustice aren’t “issues” – they are real people. Join us in considering what opportunities and hurdles there are to loving our neighbors as ourselves, right here in West Michigan.

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” -Talmud

Summit on Race + Inclusion by Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance

$85 [full price; $40 discount available through Mars Hill*] 

Tuesday, June 11, 8am – 4pm | Hope College

*The Summit is currently full but you can sign up to be on a waiting list*

This annual summit draws hundreds of people from across various business, community, and faith sectors to consider the effects of racial disparities in West MI, along with practical strategies for their elimination. This year’s keynote speaker is John Pavlovitz – popular writer, pastor and activist from North Carolina. You will also have the choice of two breakout sessions with options such as Business, Education, Faith, Healthcare, Law + Policy, and Youth Advocacy.

Mars Hill participants and friends are encouraged to register on their own as well meet at a local restaurant for happy hour after the event to discuss our learnings and potential next steps as a community. [*Note: Feel free to forward your email receipt to for $40 reimbursement.]


Also, in addition to registering for the event through LEDA, please let us know that you are attending so we can stay connected throughout the summit.



Summer Book Club

Summer Reading (or Listening!) + Intentional Living = Summer Book Club

Let’s put those lazy summer reads into some meaningful engagement. Read/listen to the selected book(s) in advance, and then join us to discuss it at one of our Outreach champions around West MI to see their work in action and hear from people in the trenches. Join us for 1 or for all 3!

June 19, 7-9pm: Immigration + Refugees | Hosted at Treetops Collective

Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World – Sarah Quezada



July 23, 7-9pm: Incarceration | Hosted at Next Step of West Michigan

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice + Redemption – Bryan Stevenson [Note: there’s a briefer Young Adult version available as well]



August 22, 7-9pm: Housing + Homelessness | Location/Host TBA

Evicted: Poverty + Profit in the American City – Matthew Desmond

*More details to come*