What We Do
We are an interfaith organization that strives to build bridges across differences by engaging clergy, encouraging congregations and energizing the community through the inspiration of our shared faith traditions.
Engage clergy in…
Building relationships across race and faith in monthly clergy gatherings
Opportunities to enrich their lives through seminars and speakers
Gatherings on issues of race, religion, poverty, immigration and other relevant topics
Encourage congregations in…
Educational programs that provide understanding and cooperation among the many ethnic, cultural and religious groups in our city
Youth summer camp experiences that immerse participants in a week of service, introspection and understanding of the rich diversity of our community
Suggestions of how congregations can partner with CMS to ensure quality education for every child
Energize the community in…
Collaborative efforts to address social and humanitarian needs as they arise within Mecklenburg County
Thought-provoking discussions in a safe environment on current issues and hot topics
Interfaith worship opportunities and holiday gatherings that build community across our God-given differences
Encouraging our community to live by the highest values and core virtues of our rich faith traditions
History of Mecklenburg Ministries
Twenty five years ago the Charlotte Area Clergy Association saw the need for the faith community to come together to address issues of social justice – and Mecklenburg Ministries was born. Since 1987, Mecklenburg Ministries has committed to promoting interfaith relationships, fostering racial and ethnic understanding, and addressing the social issues of our community.
To promote interfaith and interracial relationships, in 1992 Mecklenburg Ministries launched BridgeBuilders. These early efforts inspire current programs such as Friday Friends, our Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp, the Citywide Thanksgiving Service, and our Youth, Young Adult and Liaison Interfaith Councils.
Mecklenburg Ministries’ efforts to build racial and ethnic understanding began with the 1991 formation of a Race Relations Task Force and resource library when racial tensions heightened in the city. Mecklenburg Ministries launched InnerChange in 1992 and Youth Breaking Barriers in 1994. In 2004, when a social capital survey ranked Charlotte 39 out of 40 in interracial trust, Mecklenburg Ministries initiated Souls of White Folks, which continues today through Soul to Soul programs, Sermon Exchanges, and “Can We Talk?” Community Conversations.
Read the full History of Mecklenburg Ministries to learn how we have continually tackled our community’s most challenging social issues…