Black Ministerial Alliance:
50 Clergy Sign Up for City Action
Lori Nelson writes: At the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA) meeting this morning the Boston TenPoint Coalition’s Reverend Jeffrey Brown and Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis led a community discussion to respond to the violence that has plagued the city. As a result of the dialogue, nearly 50 clergy members of the BMA committed themselves to engage in the following action steps:
· Community Police/Clergy Effort – Commissioner Davis has committed officers to walk the neighborhoods of four of the communities hardest hit by the recent wave of violence. Clergy persons have pledged to walk with these officers in an attempt to introduce members of the patrol officers to community residents. The walks will begin next Saturday, April 14, 2007 and will continue every weekend until a sense of familiarity has been established in the community.
· Community Walks – the Boston TenPoint Coalition will host their community walk training on Thursday, April 12, 2007 from 8:00am to 10:00am at the Charles Street AME Church located at 551Warren Street in Dorchester, MA. Clergy and lay people are trained to walk into communities at night to build relationships with community residents.
· Gang Intervention Project – BMA clergy have pledged to support Boston TenPoint’s Gang Intervention Project which conducts direct intervention efforts between rival groups. Launched as a pilot effort, the project is now expanding to include the entire city.
· Operation Home Front - Police and faith community partners in conjunction with Boston Public Schools and MBTA police department pledged to visit the homes of the youth referred by the mentioned collaborators to build relationships, be a vehicle of prevention and intervention for violence and support parents in doing so.
At the BMA Good Friday Service clergy will call attention to a public message of UNITY, PEACE and ACTION. Pastors are also encouraged to emphasize that same message during their Easter Sunday Service. In addition to the clergy themselves volunteering, they will encourage their congregations to join them in this effort.