FORA.tv Speaker - Eugene Rivers
The Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III is pastor of the Azusa Christian Community, a Pentecostal church whose pastor is ordained within the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and located in the Four Corners section of Dorchester, Massachusetts where he also lives with his wife, Jacqueline C. Rivers, and their children.
Rev. Rivers was born in Boston and reared in South Chicago and North Philadelphia. He was educated at Harvard University, and has worked on community development and various aspects of Christian activism for nearly thirty years, especially on behalf of the black poor. As President of the National Ten Point Leadership Foundation (www.ntlf.org), he is working to build new grassroots leadership in forty of the worst inner city neighborhoods in inner city America by the year 2006. He serves as President of The Ella J. Baker House (www.thebakerhouse.org), the separate 501 (c)(3) non-profit originally created by the Azusa Christian Community, which provides street intervention, education and mentoring for hundreds of youths in Dorchester and elsewhere in Boston each year.
The Rev. Rivers has interests in foreign policy and geopolitics, and is now General Secretary of the Pan African Charismatic Evangelical Congress (www.pacec.org) that was formed to organize churches in the U.S. to assist their counterparts in Africa in dealing with the AIDS in Africa pandemic, as well as advocating for changes in foreign and development policies of the U.S. vis-à-vis Africa. He spoke at the 1998 meeting of the World Council of Churches to urge them to act in the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.
11.30.07 | 01:15:02 min
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