Solutions: Emerging Trends in Community Transformation

On February 16, 2007, the Office of Ministry Studies sponsored a working conference with the goal of developing grassroots projects for revitalizing urban communities. The conference opened with these four presentations:

  • "Community Leadership," with Harold Sparrow, executive director of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc.;
  • "Public Education," with Kenneth Reaves, mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and member of the Cambridge School Committee;
  • "Violence as an Issue in Public Health," with Frederica Williams, president and CEO of Whittier Street Health Center;
  • "Economic Development and Entrepreneurship," with Gerald Bell, pastor of Strong Tower Church, Boston, chairman of the Economic Development Council of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, and vice chairman of the Cambridge-Roxbury Business Development Foundation; and Leonardo Radomile (MDiv 3), executive director of "Put Faith to Work."