The Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute held its first session with its new class of fellows last week at USC’s Ronald Tutor Center.
The 2011 class of fellows gathered on the University Park campus on July 14-15 for the first phase of the three phase program. Passing the Mantle is made possible by grant support from The James Irvine Foundation.
Fellows will reconvene on July 24-29 for the second session, a residential program on USC’s campus.
Passing the Mantle is committed to training church leaders to change governmental policies and the neighborhood ethos within Southern California. The economic and social problems facing communities of color are complex and deeply rooted in racism, apathetic governmental representation, and a lack of understanding of the civic engagement process by clergy and lay leaders.
Passing the Mantle is open to pastors, lay leaders, and community development professionals. Clergy and lay leaders who are engaged in civic programs, community development or other related projects will be given special consideration.
The impact of the program has been summarized in a report by Nick Street, CRCC journalist-in-residence. Read the report in PDF format.