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The Dallas Examiner | 12/13/2014, 11:44 p.m.
The Dallas Examiner
Dallas is among 35 cities from around the world invited to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network. Chosen from more than 350 applicants that applied to the 2014 Resilient Cities Challenge, Dallas will be part of the second group of network cities, including Mexico City; Byblos, Lebanon; New York City; Dakar, Senegal; Surat, India; and Bangkok, Thailand.
“I’m proud to accept this honor on behalf of the city of Dallas,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “As a winner of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, we are now part of a network of urban centers that are better prepared to respond to 21st century challenges.”
100 Resilient Cites was created by the foundation with the goal of helping cities build resilience to the threats that are increasingly part of the 21st century. These threats include chronic food and water shortages, crime, pollution and insufficient public transportation systems. Each city is also eligible to receive grant funds to hire a Chief Resilience Officer to lead the analysis, planning and implementation of the city’s resilience strategy, working with different government agencies and across sectors of society.
“Members of the 100 Resilient Cities network are leading the world in showing that not only is it possible to build urban resilience in every kind of city, but it’s an imperative,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, foundation president. “Cities are learning that by building resilience, not only will they be better prepared for the bad times, but also life becomes better in the good times, especially for the poor and vulnerable.”
Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church will celebrate its sixth anniversary this weekend. Founded in a member’s living room on Dec. 7, 2008, the church boasts of being one of the fastest growing African Methodist Episcopal congregations in Texas and the first successful A.M.E. church in the North Texas Annual Conference in more than 40 years. Under the leadership of its senior pastor, Dr. Michael W. Waters, the church sponsors a variety of outreach ministries meeting needs including health and wellness, HIV/AIDS testing, overcoming addiction, clothing and meals/nutrition services.
This year’s anniversary celebration theme is “Joy to the World.” It represents the church’s dedication to reaching “outside the walls” to meet the needs of others, while continuing to equip the saints for service.
The celebration will kick off on Saturday with a dinner gala at 6:30 p.m. The keynote speaker will be Emmanuel Obi Esq., president of J.L. Turner Legal Association. The attire is semi-formal.
The celebration will continue on Sunday with a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. The guest preacher will be Dr. Kenneth L. Waters Sr., associate dean and professor of New Testament Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. A reception will follow immediately after the service.
Both events will be held at the church, located at 3203 Holmes St. For gala tickets, visit http://www.joytabernacleame.org.
The city of Dallas Park and Recreation Board and Department will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. for the new Singing Hills Recreation Center on Patrol Way between E. Camp Wisdom Road and Crouch Road in Southeast Oak Cliff.