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Warren Pastor Speaks at ACTION Banquet - Tribune Chronicle

Second Baptist Church pastor Todd Johnson of Warren said it is important for people to come together and be part of a courageous community

Johnson, who was the keynote speaker at the 17th annual banquet for ACTION (Alliance for Congregational Transformation Influencing Our Neighborhoods) held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, said what makes a courageous community is confirming the dignity of every human being in that community.

“This is what ACTION stands for with equality, fighting against racism and injustice; speaking up for the poor even if it costs you popularity; speaking the truth to power and government officials even if it damages your relationship. These are some of what a courageous community is about,” Johnson said.

He said courageous communities have people who affirm the dignity of every human being.

ACTION recognized institutions and individuals for contributions to the community. The annual Frances Kerpsack Awards were presented to Jeffrey M. Magada, founder and executive director of Flying High; Mike McNair, editor of The Buckeye Review; Ian Beniston, executive director of the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation; and Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Warren-based Covelli Enterprises. To read the full story from the Tribune Chroncle, click here.