New York — This year's Movement Day event for Christian leaders took place in New York City last week and used one of its sessions to demonstrate the importance of effective partnerships between faith communities and civic leaders.
One of the standout speakers from the session was former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr., president of the Palau Association, who discussed Amachi, a program he founded to mentor and build relationships with the children of incarcerated parents. This particular cause is close to his heart, because he, too, was a child of a father who served time in prison.
Amachi has already accomplished great feats across the country by pairing up 300,000 children of incarcerated parents with adult mentors. more >>
Minister Janet Lovell and her congregation at Brooklyn's God's Miracle House of Prayer, Praise and Worship held a prayer meeting over the weekend for New York Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer's healing and the end of the fatal virus' spread across West Africa, America and Spain.
The 50-member church met Sunday in their small church with a picture of the Manhattan doctor taped to a wooden cross. Together they prayed for Spencer's healing. The congregation also prayed for spiritual guidance for the global medical community working to treat and cure Ebola patients.
Lovell told local news station WCBS 880 that although she does not know Spencer or his family, she feels "he is my brother." more >>
NEW YORK — Hillsong Church co-founder Bobbie Houston recently explained why she believes "the church needs to come of age sometimes and just grow up" when it comes to fully embracing women in various roles in Christian ministry.
"It's a good question and for some, it's a theological debate. For us, it's never been that," said Houston when asked Oct. 16 by The Christian Post for her thoughts on empowering and raising up female leaders.
Protestant denominations vary in their stances on women in leadership positions within churches and other Christian institutions. The Southern Baptist Convention, for example, restricts pastoral ministry and any ministry role requiring ordination to men. Hillsong Church, which belongs to the Australian Christian Churches (formerly the Assemblies of God in Australia) embraces and equips women pastors and preachers, as evidenced by Houston's own work in the Australia-based ministry. more >>
NEW YORK — Rev. Floyd Flake, senior pastor of the Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral of New York, who spent 11 years in Congress batting for a better life for constituents in his church community, confessed Thursday that at one time, he "didn't even like politicians."
That past peeve, which he shared while explaining how he got into politics with about 1,500 church leaders and ministry workers at the fifth annual Movement Day gathering in New York City Thursday, never stopped him from engaging in civic leadership to better serve his community.
"I had never run for public office, never thought about it. As a matter of fact, I didn't even like politicians back then, but I got into the race and one Sunday morning I announced to the congregation that I was running," explained Flake. more >>
NEW YORK — New York City remained on edge late Thursday night as local and federal officials encouraged the city that never sleeps to keep calm after news broke earlier that Manhattan doctor Craig Spencer, who recently treated Ebola patients in Guinea, West Africa, had fallen ill from the virus.
"Today, testing confirmed that a patient here in New York City had tested positive for Ebola. The patient is now here in Bellevue Hospital. We want to state at the outset — there is no reason for New Yorkers to be alarmed," said Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference Thursday.
"Ebola is an extremely hard disease to contract. It is transmitted only through contact with an infected person's blood or other bodily fluids — not through casual contact. New Yorkers who have not been exposed to an infected person's bodily fluids are not at all at risk. And we want to emphasize that New York City has the world's strongest public health system, the world's leading medical experts, and the world's most advanced medical equipment," he assured city dwellers. more >>
NEW YORK — Pastor Charles Jenkins, popular recording artist and leader of the historic Fellowship Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, revealed Thursday that the Green family of arts and crafts giant, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., purchased then donated a 14 ½ acre property to create a campus for his ambitious Legacy Project aimed at improving the quality of life in underserved communities.
"The Legacy Project we call it in a nutshell is our holistic project in building people, building communities. As a church we look forward to expanding and impacting our communities …," explained Jenkins at the fifth annual Movement Day gathering in New York City. The one day event, founded by Mac Pier of the New York City Leadership Center, is aimed at increasing collaboration among the faith community.
Jenkins highlighted the magnanimous gesture while explaining how the idea for the project came to life during a panel discussion on caring for the fatherless and the underserved in church communities. more >>