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Community Renewal Society names new Executive Director 

Community Renewal Society names human rights and social justice activist Rev. Dr. Waltrina N. Middleton as its Executive Director. Dr. Middleton recently served as the Founder and Director of Walk on Water Global Ministries.   

Through her work at Walk on Water Global Ministries, Middleton was engaged in community organizing and activism to implement a mission and vision of peace, justice and equality. Highlights of her role have included acting as public speaker, preacher and facilitator of Diasporic Dialogues and coalition building; serving as consultant partner and lobbyist with Bread for the World, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference and Freedom Road on issues ranging from hunger and poverty to mass incarceration and racism; and functioning as a local organizer and co-host of the inaugural Movement for Black Lives Convening, in partnership with the founders of Black Lives Matter.

“Together, alongside our member congregations, I am eager to continue the work of Community Renewal Society demonstrating the urgency of the intersections of faith and justice, decrying bigotry, sexism and classism in all forms. Our faith calls us to the margins, right now, as repairers of the breach and as hearers of the people’s narratives,” said Dr. Middleton.

“As a 136-year-old organization advocating for change, we are excited about this next chapter in our history. We are thrilled that Dr. Middleton will be joining us and bringing her fresh perspective on engaging a new generation of community leaders, working to dismantle systemic racism and advance racial equity,” said Board President Rev. Jesse Knox, III.

Dr. Middleton has already assumed her responsibilities as Executive Director.

Community Renewal Society informs and brings people of faith and congregations together, in partnership with communities, coalitions, interfaith organizations, and civic leaders, to intentionally and decisively transform society toward greater social justice at the intersection of racism and poverty. Our vision is to realize the Beloved Community envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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