The City Ministry Initiative Conference 2018
Gentrification and the Church:
Moving From Displacement to Beloved Community
Friday, April 13, 6 – 9 p.m.
(welcome reception, 4:45 p.m. in Community Center)
Saturday, April 14, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
General Admission – $10 / Students – $5
Register online at gentrificationandthechurch.eventbrite.com
St. Louis is a city that evokes questions of justice. This city has been hit by urban abandonment more than most and has been undergoing extensive redevelopment in recent years. What are the forces that led to the suburban flight from North St. Louis? How did St. Louis become one of the most racially-segregated cities in the world? What should the role of the church be in engaging the community without participating in displacing the poor? This conference will gather leading local and national scholars, pastors, and practitioners to address these questions. Participants will gain historical and theological insight, learn from innovative organizations, and network with justice leaders in St. Louis.
- Dr. Colin Gordon, F. Wendell Professor of History at the University of Iowa and author of Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality, Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City, and other books.
- Rev. Michael Jones, senior pastor of Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis and founder of Robert Fulton Community Development, Inc., which invests in the North St. Louis community and provides services to enrich the lives of area residents.
- Ms. Patty Prasada-Rao, MPH, who has worked with non-profits for over 25 years both in the US and overseas, including community development, organizational and professional leadership development, campus ministry, and national association work, and has served on boards of local, national, and international community development organizations.