Location
The Bread Box
501 W. 6th St, Suite 250
Lexington, KY 40508
Entrance is at 6th & Jefferson
Phone
(859) 255-6999
Email

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Our History

Kentucky Conference for Christians & Jews

1927-1998
1927-1998

The Kentucky Conference for Christians & Jews was the state chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. 

NCCJ was founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, in response to anti-Catholic sentiment being expressed during Al Smith's run for the Democratic nomination. Its founders included prominent social activists such as Jane Addams and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes who dedicated the organization to bringing diverse people together to address interfaith divisions.

 

NCCJ expanded its work to include all issues of social justice including race, class, gender equity, sexual orientation and the rights of people with different abilities. In 1998, the name was changed to the National Conference for Community and Justice to better reflect the breadth and depth of its mission, the growing diversity of the country and the need to be more inclusive. Their mission was to promote inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and justice for all.

The Kentucky Conference for Christians & Jews was the state chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. 

NCCJ was founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews  in response to anti-Catholic sentiment being expressed during Al Smith's run for the Democratic nomination. Its founders included prominent social activists such as Jane Addams and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes who dedicated the organization to bringing diverse people together to address interfaith divisions.

 

NCCJ expanded its work to include all issues of social justice including race, class, gender equity, sexual orientation and the rights of people with different abilities. In 1998, the name was changed to the National Conference for Community and Justice to better reflect the breadth and depth of its mission, the growing diversity of the country and the need to be more inclusive. Their mission was to promote inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and justice for all.

Kentucky Conference for Community & Justice

1998-2011

On June 14, 1998, The National Conference of Christians and Jews celebrated its 70th anniversary by changing its name to the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). This new name more clearly reflects their work for entire communities, which includes interfaith work and also work on issues of gender, class, race, gay and lesbian issues, and disabilities.

The Plantory

2011-Today

In 2011, our KCCJ team realized that there needed to be a change to meet the needs of the social justice and nonprofit sector in Lexington. After a visit to the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in Toronto, Ontario, KCCJ embraced CSI's concept of social innovation and wove it into our methods. 

 

According to CSI, "social innovation refers to the creation, development, adoption, and integration of new and renewed concepts, systems, and practices that put people and planet first. Members of the Centre for Social Innovation work across sectors to create a better world. We accelerate their success and amplify their impact through the power of coworkingcommunity, and collaboration.

 

Together, we’re building a movement to put people and planet first." 

 

From there, we changed our name to The Plantory and began to #helpgoodgrow. We moved from our location on Third and Midland to our current home at The Bread Box in the Smithtown/Coolavin neighborhoods of downtown Lexington. We've been here since 2013 and our organization is ever evolving to meet our communities' needs through collaboration and supporting each other. 

 

Are you ready to help good grow #wheregoodgrows? Come collaborate with us!