For photo's of the event
Covering the FAITH
held today Thursday, July 18th
Opening Remarks by Mr.
, Superintendent Trenton NJ Public Schools.
Establish a new partnership with the Faith Based
Adopt a school program
During the open discussions several of 50+ in attendance
spoke passionately about action steps.
After the event I spoke with 5 people from the diverse
collection of participants committed to faith, community and action.
who is on the Trenton School Board spoke encouragingly about Superintendent Duran
and agreed that
this needs to be followed with action!
When I asked, “what specifically are you planning on accomplishing
before the end of 2013?” Mr. Truehart shared that one of his focuses will be to
continue the programming of the Trenton
Pop Warner Football league and it’s sister organization of cheerleaders. He made a point to share, “this is not just
about athletics, we have a strong focus on education and the scholar athelete.”
Pastor of St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in the Franklin Park section of
Trenton was stern in saying “it’s about partnerships with several others!” Aaron went on to say he would be connecting
with the local elementary school, Franklin Park and the 2 local civic
associations, Franklin Park Civic Association and the Franklin Park NE Block
Association regarding creative ways to make Trenton better by being action
Reverend Dr. Robert
, the Presiding Elder of the First Episcopal District based out of
Florence NJ was in attendance with his wife Prudence. We chatted about the action steps that would
take this from a summit/meeting to making a real difference. Dr. Wade who leads ~24 AME Churches from
Trenton NJ to Camden NJ thought a City like Newark has some successes that
other City’s like Trenton could learn from.
Jeanne L. Rodriguez,
Assistant Director of Field Education at Princeton Theological Seminary thought
of the summit as “hope for change” and engagement from PTS. She found the amount of participants edifying
to her spirit, this combined with the vision of new President, M. Craig Barnes
brings her excitement. We can expect to
see more of Jeanne in the Trenton Region as PTS builds on its relationship with
congregations like Westminster Presbyterian Church located on Greenwood Ave.
My interviews concluded chatting with Darren “Freedom” Green
Freedom is an active member of the Trenton Region with a focus on
education and self-development. The
current President of TCCA-Trenton Council of Civic Associations is open about
his vision of Trenton being better in many ways but today’s conversation
focused on some action steps he would like to see. Those steps included a commitment from the
faith-based community to do more. He
brought up several interesting ideas including churches being part of a safe
passage program for schools, opening doors not to prosleseltise but to be a
place where people can share neighborhood cares, thoughts and concerns. Maybe even having a crisis counselor
available for the immediate community.
In closing the consensus was simple we need to take action!
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