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Fighting for Peace in the Inner City

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When new Boston Mayor Martin Walsh tasked Rev. Jeffrey Brown with leading Walsh's interfaith inaugural ceremony in January 2014, Brown immediately extended a hand of welcome to our Greg Epstein to give the closing reflection at that diverse event, as a bold public acknowledgement of the important role secular Bostonians play in the city's life. Now, in the wake of tragic events such as the killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Rev. Brown finds himself preparing for possibly the defining project of his life and career: a massive national push to stop inner city gang violence and replace it with MLK's legacy of peace-- and justice.

How can the nonreligious in general-- and the Humanist Hub community in particular-- get involved? Don't miss this potentially historic conversation, kicking off our series of monthly "VIA" (Values in Action) community service Sundays. Co-sponsored by the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.

The Rev. Jeffrey Brown co-founded the Ten Point Coalition as a young minister, 22 years ago: it has since become one of the most influential and respected projects in the United States for addressing inner city youth/gang violence. Meanwhile, Brown, the associate pastor at 12th Baptist Church in Roxbury (Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Church while he lived and pastored here in Boston) and longtime Ten Point Coalition executive director, has become a renowned figure in Massachusetts and Beyond-- a kind of MLK for 21st Century Boston, his reputation is one of not only charisma but effectiveness, diplomacy, wisdom, and, most recently, "good faith" outreach to the nonreligious.

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