by Michelle Bernard, Visitor Magazine
It’s been two years since the death of Freddie Gray sparked civil unrest in Baltimore. Maurice Taylor, senior pastor of Allegheny East Conference’s (AEC) Berea Temple, and director of its Baltimore Ministerium, says since Gray’s death, he’s noticed more of a desire to address the needs of the community. “Before we were focused more on internal events,” he says. “Now we’re focused more on external.”
Following the looting that destroyed businesses near his church, AEC and its Baltimore churches, along with the Chesapeake Conference, Columbia Union Conference and North American Division Adventist Community Services, sent funds and volunteers to provide toiletries, diapers and other necessities to economically depressed residents who were left without stores.