Churches strive to unite in collaborative effort to ease poverty in East Cooper

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A year ago, the meetings began. Representatives from Mount Pleasant Presbyterian and several other East Cooper churches got together to discuss a collaborative approach to community service and worship.

They knew it wasn't the first time such cooperation has been attempted; they knew that other efforts have met with various degrees of success or failure, according to Becky Van Wie, a Mount Pleasant Presbyterian member and associate director of the Lowcountry Continuum of Care Partnership.

Van Wie said the group met with people who have been around this block. Both Chuck Coward, executive director of Charleston Outreach, and the Rev. Bert Keller, pastor of Circular Congregational Church, explained some of the pitfalls, and both encouraged the nascent ecumenical team to forgo establishing a formal organizational structure for the time being and focus instead on action.

"Do something," they said, according to Van Wie. That way others will see that the effort is about more than just good ideas and they'll get involved.

Read it all from the Faith and Values section of the local paper.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchPoverty* Religion News & CommentaryEcumenical RelationsOther ChurchesPresbyterian* South Carolina

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