As we work together to address the issues in our city, take a few minutes to read the Top Ten Successes of 2012 and celebrate all that was made possible by your funding and support of Mecklenburg Ministries’ programs.
Top Ten Successes of 2012
- The award winning documentary, “Souls of Our Neighbors: Fears, Facts and Affordable Housing,” premiersin January withMayor Foxx proclaiming a citywide effort to address homelessness. More than 800 faith and community leaders commit to use the documentary to hold affordable housing dialogues with their constituents.
- Beginning in January, 52 clergy and 46 congregations participate in the Third Sermon Exchange, empowering congregations of different races to build relationships that often lead to ongoing events likebible studies, movie discussions and even mission trips.
- More than 300 people representing 153 congregations/organizations attend a Faith Summit on Affordable Housing in March. Attendees learn about local & national best practices for advocating/providing housing for the working poor.
- In April our Youth Council leads a citywide student-led event about bullying, where high school participants are empowered and pledge to stand up against bullying. An Interfaith Young Adult Council (ages 20 – 35) launches in July to gather adults of different faiths together monthly to build relationships and organize service projects.
- Community Conversations are held to discuss difficult topicslike the Trayvon Martin shooting and Amendment One, while our Clergy Lunchesgalvanize faith leadersto support bringing a micro-lending bank to assist the poor in Charlotte.
- Approximately 1,700 supporters celebrate Mecklenburg Ministries’ 25th anniversary in June at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center featuring incredible local talent.
- As the DNC opens in Charlotte in September, Mecklenburg Ministries co-sponsors a non-partisan interfaith worship service: “Prayers for Children: An Interfaith Call to Action,” featuring Dr. Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund founder.
- The 37th Thanksgiving Service inspires a record attendance of over 2,000 people. The event collects an offering to support Crisis Assistance Ministry and collects 698 pounds of food (about 700 meals) for Loaves & Fishes.
- Soul-to-Soul, a mixed race study on privilege and systemic racism, makes a successful debut while Souls of White Folks sessions for clergy and laity continue to educate about racial stereotypes and disparities.
- Souls of Our Teachers receives an Emmy nomination and Souls of our Neighbors receives a Telly Award. Mecklenburg Ministries had over 80 media mentions in 2012.