Sunday, June 29, 2008

About the Bloggers: Rev. Gerald Britt

The Rev. Gerald Britt joined CDM in September 2004 to further his lifelong work serving those around him. His pastoral and community experience and wisdom are rich assets to CDM. Gerald serves as the Vice President of Public Policy & Community Program Development for Central Dallas Ministries.

A high profile community leader for many years, Gerald has strong ties to the political, faith and business communities of Dallas. These connections will be valuable to CDM as it reaches deeper into South and East Dallas.

Gerald most recently served as Senior Pastor for the New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, located in the heart of far South Dallas. During his 22 years there, he led the church in significant growth and organizational change. Through his work in the church and surrounding neighborhoods as well as years of leadership in Dallas Area Interfaith, Gerald has distinguished himself as one of Dallas’ most influential community leaders. He has been out front on many city issues, from advocating for better care for Parkland Hospital patients to increasing voter turnout in South Dallas, among others.

Gerald is also the author of a monthly column for The Dallas Morning News.

Change the Wind

This blog seeks to "change the wind" in the current discussion on the policies and systems related to poverty in the United States of America. Our inspiration for the name of this blog comes from Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners:
"The great practitioners of social change - like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi - understood something very important. They knew that you don't change a society by merely replacing one politician with another. You change a society by changing the political wind. Change the wind, transform the debate, recast the discussion, alter the context in which political decisions are being made, and you will change the outcomes. Move the conversation around a crucial issue to a whole new place, and you will open up possibilities for change never dreamed of before. And you will be surprised at how fast the politicians adjust to the change in the wind."