The Need for Partnerships in Service

The Center for Community Partnerships-Program in Universities, Communities of Faith, Schools and Neighborhood Organizations (PUCFSN) announced that its theme for its fall event will be A Cord Not Easily Broken: The Need for Partnerships in Service to the Community. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 11, from 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m., and will feature Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr., president of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, as its keynote speaker.

Rev. Dr. Franklin is viewed as one of the most poignant voices in the field of theological education. In addition to his current role as President of the ITC, the nation's foremost center of historically African-American religious training and graduate education, Rev. Dr. Franklin has authored two books, Liberated Visions: Human Fulfillment and Social Justice in African-American Thought and Another Days Journey: Black Churches Confront the American Crisis. Dr. Franklin will preach at the event and will lead a discussion on the need for partnerships in the community and the potential benefits found in collaboration.

As part of the Center for Community Partnerships and the Office of the Chaplain, the Program in Universities, Communities of Faith, Schools and Neighborhood Organizations strives to bring the Penn community into dialogue with religious leaders of West Philadelphia, helping to break down barriers that have divided these groups. The program also helps draw communities of faith into jointly determined and mutually beneficial action with Penn and its school and community partners. This program, generously funded through the Jessie Ball duPont fund, began in the fall of 1998 and continues to gain momentum as it heads into its third year. PUCFSN bases its work on the premise that understanding and respect are best generated through collaborative work on shared problems.

The event will be held at the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, 60th and Callowhill Streets in Philadelphia. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided at the free-admission event.

For further information, please contact the Office of the Chaplain at Penn at (215) 898-8456 or PUCFSN at (215) 573-6412.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 7, October 10, 2000

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