Ms. Dawnielle Miller

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Ms. Dawnielle Miller
Church Info
Home Church Address
Restoration Anglican Church
1815 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
United States
Church Website URL
Organization Name
Casa Chirilagua
Type of Organization
Non Profit
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Executive Director/Co-Founder
Organization Address
3846 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22302
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Racial Reconciliation
Youth Development/At-risk Youth
Leadership Development
Organization Email
Description of Organization
We are a community of people located in Alexandria, VA who are building relationships with neighbors in the Chirilagua neighborhood to develop youth, strengthen families, equip leaders, and engage the community to participate in holistic transformation through Christ's love. Mission: Developing relationships with families to see the Chirilagua neighborhood transformed by Christ. Activities: -After school programming -Mentoring -High School and Middle School Bible Study -Family Strengthening -Leadership Development -Parent Engagement
Organization Years In Operation
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Reciprocal Relationship - Everything we do is centered in relationships and we work together as a community, doing life alongside one another. Holistic - Casa addresses at the holistic needs of individuals
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Full Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Informal on the ground experience. I've learned much about life and faith from my Central American Immigrant neighbors. I learned to speak Spanish from my neighbors. CCDA - Annual conference; 8 Key Components of CCD class; Member of the CCDA Young Leaders Co-hort 4
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
- Long term sustainability of my neighborhood as the pressures of gentrification push in on our community. - Building confidence and capacity in community leaders (helping them acknowledge, develop and utilize the gifts they've been given) to fill leadership positions at all levels of the organization
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
-Setting healthy boundaries. I live and work in the same community. I have deep relationships and am passionate about what I do making it difficult to know where work ends and life begins. -As a co-founder, letting go of certain areas, letting them fail or letting others take some aspects in a different direction.
What gives you the greatest joy?
-Seeing eyes individuals light up when they are acknowledged in their gifts and God-given potential. -Getting a front row seat to growth, development and restored relationships. -Seeing God transform people through their experience with Casa.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
This ministry was birthed out of prayer and is sustained by prayer. -Weekly prayer with my spiritual mentor. -Daily morning prayer with my staff. Engaging in the exhortation of communal life. Speaking into the lives of others and giving permission for others to speak into my life.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
Casa provides a great opportunity for local congregations and parishioners to get involved relationally across socio-economic, racial, and language barriers. It isn't just an opportunity to serve but an opportunity to learn and for your perspective to be transformed by building a relationship with someone who comes from a different background. Casa does life alongside the poor, the immigrant and those on the margins of society. Your church doesn't have to build its own ministry but can partner in Kingdom work with one that is woven in the fabric of the community and committed to a people and a place for the long haul. We would love for more local Anglican congregations to get involved with Casa Chirilagua.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
Within the American church, I do think there needs to be serious conversations about privilege, humility and power transfer. The Anglican church of American tends to be filled with highly educated people who have access to power. In order to be a welcoming place to those on the margins, there needs to be a recognition of that power, a desire to steward it for Kingdom purposes which includes the least of these, and a willingness not to just hold on to the power and use it on behalf of those on the margins but a willingness to transfer power (give up power) to those on the margins.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Generous Justice - Tim Keller Santa Biblia - Justo Gonzalez
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
Sin Nombre
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
The long term impacts of privilege, colonialism, and racism infect every part of life and our world view. The first step is recognizing this, repenting, lamenting and entering into listening/learning conversations. Ignoring or sugar-coating this reality only strips the ministry of its potential power and effectiveness. We must enter into and lament a shared, honest history to mourn its impacts, repent and reconcile in order to move forward. Many in this "justice-focused" generation hold tightly to Micah 6:8. Love Mercy. Do justice. Walk humbly. I am concerned that those who come from a more privileged background (myself included when left unchecked) neglect the "walk humbly" of the triad, entering into self-righteousness and then becoming harmful or even dis-empowering to the community we are called to do life with because we have not grappled with our own pain, pride, and privilege which will in turn, if done honestly, will bring us to a place of humility.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
I prefer to attend the conference and share an opinion at the conclusion.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
I grew up in the Christian home in the middle of no where in the Midwest. In college my worldview opened up to realities of the world. I began a journey of learning and slowly unearthing the places to which God was calling me to enter in and steward all He had given me to usher in justice in small ways through relational bridge building.