Safety, sustainability, poverty and education are among the agenda topics at the National Faith Leaders Conference set for Friday, April 29 at 9 a.m., and Saturday, April 30 at 8 a.m., on the campus of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church (COR), 45 Tesla in Irvine.
The social impact gathering, hosted by COR Community Development Corporation, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the University of LaVerne, aims to share strategies and resources to aid houses of worship, small businesses, students and nonprofits.
“There is a great need to empower organizations to maintain identity, while building relationships to support safety, build entrepreneurs, focus on youth education and track the results to support sustainability efforts,” said the Rev. Charles Dorsey, COR CDC executive director.
“After attending this conference, participants will leave with resources to build partnerships that secure houses of worship, support the effort to get more high school students into community college, start and sustain a small business and develop a network of community relationships to empower their constituents.”
Church security is especially timely, noted Dorsey, in light of increasing attacks on churches such as last year’s massacre of nine members of Mother Emmanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Houses of faith and communities of color are experiencing hardship and acts of hate at an alarming rate and are ill prepared to respond,” he said.
Source: LA Sentinel