POWER Leadership Conference

I have just attended the leadership conference of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), a coalition of religious congregations-Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and others-which works towards solving the social problems in Philadelphia, such as lousy schools and unemployment. This conference took place in Arch Street United Methodist Church, Broad and Arch streets. Here are some people who take their religious heritage as a guide to action in the here and now, not as some “pie in the sky,” “opium of the masses” thing. The emphasis was on looking at the successes of POWER and looking into how to do things better in the future, including reaching out to include suburban congregations, since Philadelphia and the suburbs are tied together. IT was no coincidence that this took place on the Martin Luther King holiday, as we rededicate ourselves to his work in making America the most fair and just society it can be.

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