COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS: Faith and the Justice System

Discussion of current & potential relationships between communities & police officers motivated by a desire to be good citizens creating flourishing  communities.

On March 31, 1968 at the National Cathedral, Martin Luther King Jr. famously spoke of an “audacious faith.” What would it look like if audacious faith included audacious justice?
Answer: it would look like Jesus.

 

DATE: November 18, 2021 – 7PM
LOCATION:
Bible Way Baptist Church
1323 N. 52nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

EVENT SCHEDULE:
7:00 PM
– Greetings & Welcome by Frank James, introduce moderator Nick Taliaferro
7:10 PM Panelist introductions (Dana Redd, Damone Jones, Gabe Rodriguez, Carl Day)
7:15 PM – Panelist Presentations
8:30 PM – Closing Actions
*In-person attendees are welcome to stay for an additional 30 min Q&A discussion.

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Our Panelists

About Our Panelists

Pastor Carl Day of North Philadelphia is a servant of Christ, a husband, a father, and Pastor & Founder of Culture Changing Christians. The non-profit organization aspect engages in service acts to the community and mentoring of at-risk youth, while the additional church component provides two campuses for corporate worship in Glen Ridge, New Jersey & Philadelphia, PA.
Prior to his call to ministry, Carl was able to overcome difficult odds and navigate through diverse trials while growing up in Philadelphia. He has used his life experiences to become a beacon of hope to his community as well as a relatable advocate for the forgotten. His desire is to see the youth across our country be guided away from a culture that is designed to swallow them whole and eradicate their full potential.
Pastor Carl Day is not only the Pastor of Culture Changing Christians Worship Center, he is a leader in the community, heavily involved in the city of Philadelphia with his feet on the ground doing the work. With the support of the City of Philadelphia & the Mayor’s Office while serving on boards and committees he is focused on the plight of the people. He has earned the name Pastor of the H.O.O.D with the acronym standing for where the Hopeless Oppressed Outcasts Dwell.
Pastor Carl Day has stood up against the rampant gun violence in the city of Philadelphia and worked alongside elected officials and community leaders to bring change to the urban demographic. The push continues all the way to speaking face to face with President Trump in a town hall in September 2020 to address income inequality, racism in America, and the hopelessness found in the ghettos and disenfranchised communities of color. Pastor Carl Day is a voice for the “forgotten” and ensures he is keeping his message real, relevant, and practical while he follows it with tangible solutions.
www.pastorcarlday.com

• Founder & Pastor of Culture Changing Christians
• Commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission of Faith Based and
Inter-Faith Affairs
• Committee Member – For the Mayor’s Pathways to Reform,
Transformation and Reconciliation Steering Committee.
• Chair on the Faith Coalition for the Philadelphia Office of
Violence Prevention
• Board member of the Victim/Co-Victims Subcommittee for the
Philadelphia Gun Violence Task Force led by Councilman
Johnson/Jones
• Co-facilitator of the first Participatory Defense Hub in
Philadelphia.
• Founding Member & Facilitator of Kingdom Collective Coalition.

Pastor Carl Day Founder/President Culture Changing Christians Inc www.CultureChangingChristians.Org Culture Changing Christians is an organization that’s impacting the culture by promoting Love, Peace, and Unity through the love of Jesus Christ!

Dr. Damone B. Jones, Sr., is the youngest of three children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Boykin Jones of West Philadelphia. Dr. Jones is a deeply devoted husband having been united to his very lovely wife Melissa in October of 1991. They are the very proud parents of four wonderful children: Aleah, Damone, Jr., Alyssa and Dominic.

Dr. Jones received Christ as Savior and Lord at the young age of sixteen years old. Being led by the Holy Spirit, he answered the call to the Gospel Ministry at eighteen years of age. On November 5, 1986, Dr. Jones was licensed to preach the Gospel by his beloved father in the ministry the late Dr. Hiawatha Coleman, former Pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

Dr. Jones graduated from the Lamberton High School in June of 1984 and the RETS Electronic School in May of 1986. Dr. Jones’ early theological training includes Manna Bible Institute and The Center for Urban Theological Studies. Dr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from Philadelphia Biblical University (Now Cairn University) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Dr. Jones also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University.

Having a tremendous burden for at-risk youth, Dr. Jones served at the Philadelphia Youth Center (now the Juvenile Justice Services center), as Coordinating Chaplain during the late eighties. Dr. Jones also served as a panelist for the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel and as President of the Police Clergy Program in the 19th Police District. Dr. Jones also served his community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Carroll Park Community Council. In 2001, Dr. Jones was appointed by Mayor John F. Street to the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics and in 2006 appointed by Mayor Street to a Blue Ribbon Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health in the City of Philadelphia. In 2008, Dr. Jones was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to the Advisory Board of the Mayor’s Office of Community Services and appointed again by Mayor Nutter to the Philadelphia Board of Ethics in 2009. Dr. Jones was appointed in 2010 by Mayor Michael Nutter to the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System and appointed Board Chairman in 2015. Under Mayor Jim Kenney, Dr. Jones was re-appointed to the Advisory Board of the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. In 2014, Dr. Jones was appointed to Governor-elect Tom Wolf’s Transition Team Co-Chairing the Review Committee on the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Dr. Jones served on the Governor’s Advisory Commission for African American Affairs, and he is currently the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission for Upper Darby Township, appointed by Mayor BarbaraAnn Keffer.
Deeply concerned for the reduction of crime in the community, Dr. Jones was the first President of the Organized Anti-Crime Community Network, which brought the first National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community to Philadelphia. Dr. Jones spends significant time collaborating with the Police and the District Attorney advocating for young people in court. As a trusted community leader, Dr. Jones has assisted and accompanied four homicide fugitives in turning themselves in to the authorities. Under Dr. Jones’ leadership, Bible Way Baptist Church became an approved Community Service Site for the Philadelphia Departments of Adult and Juvenile Probation. Dr. Jones has mentored many young men over the years, including serving as a spiritual advisor to Philadelphia Rapper Meek Mill. Because of his passion for working with incarcerated youth, Dr. Jones formed The BrothaHood Foundation, a non-profit, basketball/mentoring program for incarcerated youth who are charged as adults and in custody within the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.

Dr. Jones has worked diligently to bring educational resources to the community by serving on the Boards of Carson Valley School, Raising Horizons Quest Charter School, The West Philadelphia Regional Branch of Community College of Philadelphia and The Christian Academy in Brookhaven, PA. Dr. Jones has served as Adjunct Professor at Lancaster Bible College at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S) in Philadelphia and at the Eastern School of Christian Ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary in St. David’s, PA and currently serves as Member of the Board of Trustees and Adjunct Professor at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA.

After obediently heeding God’s call to the Pastorate of the Bible Way Baptist Church in West Philadelphia, Dr. Jones was ordained on November 5, 1993 at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Dr. Jones is a much sought after preacher, lecturer and teacher. Dr. Jones has trained Deacons at a number of local churches and conducted numerous workshops and seminars in the areas of Leadership, Men’s Ministries, Youth Ministries, and his personal favorite: How to Connect with At-Risk Youth. Dr. Jones has guest lectured at Eastern University, Temple University, Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) and Palmer Theological Seminary.

Dr. Jones has held membership with The National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., The Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention; The Black Clergy of Philadelphia; and he is Past Moderator of the Pennsylvania Eastern Keystone Baptist Association.

The Bible Way Baptist Church membership has more than tripled under Dr. Jones’ leadership and more than forty-one active ministries have been implemented to serve the diverse needs of the church and community. Bible Way continues on a steady path of substantive growth. Dr. Jones is also very proud of his spiritual sons in the ministry who began pastoring their own churches under his leadership. (Pastor Clarence Washington/Haven Peniel United Methodist Church; Pastor Raymond Harris/Christ Tabernacle Baptist Church; Pastor Robert J. Fontell, Jr./Calvary Christian Church; Pastor Gregory A. Johnson, Greater St. Matthew’s Independent Church; Pastor John C. Gblah/International Baptist Church; Pastor Joe Nock/Second Antioch Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Robinson/Greater Enon Baptist Church, Pastor Khalil B. Rogers/Peniel Baptist Church, Reverend William A. Davis, Assistant Pastor at the Service Baptist Church; and Pastor Vernal E. Simms, Jr./Millcreek Baptist Church.

Dana Redd is the CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. In this role, Ms. Redd is responsible for overseeing board operations, facility management of a 95,000-square-foot Joint Health Sciences Center and charged with developing programmatic and policy initiatives which reflect the Joint Board’s mission and overarching objectives of education, economic development and civic engagement.

Dana has worked in various positions from local government to the New Jersey State Senate, most recently serving as Mayor of Camden where she successfully transitioned the city from state takeover to local control. During her tenure, Camden emerged as a national model for urban recovery in America. Redd rallied a coalition of citizens, community organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses, universities, health-care providers, and state and local government entities to improve the quality of life for Camden residents.

Under her leadership as mayor, Camden posted significant improvements in its public safety statistics with the creation of the Camden County Police Department’s Metro Division and its commitment to community policing. Redd led a full state intervention into the Camden City School District led by Redd to improve academic outcomes for urban youth. Redd leveraged and attracted $2.5 billion in public/private investment to stimulate economic growth and job creation. Upon completion of her term as mayor, Camden had achieved a Standard & Poor’s credit rating of BBB+, a first in more than 15 years.

Prior to her election as Camden mayor in 2009, Redd served New Jersey’s Fifth Legislative District as a state senator, where she served on the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, the Senate Committee for Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens, the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools. As senator, she sponsored and secured the passage of $3.9 billion in new school construction for New Jersey’s Abbott School Districts.

Dana Redd is a graduate of Rutgers: The State University-Camden with a B.S. degree in Business Studies and she received her M.A. degree in Human Services Administration from Lincoln University. Ms. Redd is currently enrolled in PULPIT Program for Urban Leaders and Pastors in Transition at Missio Seminary.

Chief Gabriel Rodriguez assumed command of the Camden County Police Department on December 31, 2020. An East Camden native Chief Rodriguez has served the City of Camden as a police officer for more than seventeen years. Chief Rodriguez graduated from the prestigious Senior Management Institute for Policing in 2019, earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is currently completing a master’s degree in public administration. Chief Rodriguez is recognized as a plank-holding member of the department, playing a key role in the creation and successful stand-up of the department in 2013. Throughout his career Chief Rodriguez has served in many capacities including uniformed operations, investigations, community leadership, and executive commands.

Our Moderator

Pastor W. Nick Taliaferro is a proud native son of Philadelphia where he currently lives and works. He received his primary education in the Philadelphia Public School system, and then continued his studies at Oakwood University, from which he graduated with honors in 1978. Afterwards he attended the Theological Seminary at Andrews University where he completed studies for a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry and Communications (1980).

Taliaferro is a successful media personality, and served as host of the daily Nick Taliaferro Show (on WHAT AM 1340, and WURD AM 900, Philadelphia) for 15 years. He has also written for a wide variety of Newspapers and Magazines, and is a published songwriter and playwright. As a vocalist, he has provided backing vocals for at least 5 Grammy Award-winning artists as a member of both the Bill Jolly Singers, and as a member of The Gabriel Hardeman Delegation.

Nick is also a trained Relationship Counselor, having received certifications in both the Marriage Enrichment, and PAIRS (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) curriculum. He is also a certified Parenting Educator and served as an Instructor/Director for Lakeside’s Institute for Family Professionals.

In 2001 Taliaferro was appointed as a Special Assistant to (former) Mayor John F. Street, and in that capacity created two new offices for the City of Philadelphia: The Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives (2001-2006) and the Mayor’s Office for the Reentry of Ex-Offenders (concurrently, 2005-2006). In June 2006 he was appointed by the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations to serve as its Executive Director, a position he held until June 2008. Upon leaving government employment he went on to develop and direct a program that provided ethical training for inmates, under the auspices of the Lakeside Educational Network (2008-2010)
His pastoral experience extends over 35 years and includes the successful completion of two building programs (Cambridge, MD., and Philadelphia, PA.), the complete renovation of another, and he has a history of increasing congregational attendance and membership. He currently serves as the senior pastor of the West Philadelphia SDA Church (Phila. PA)