Quarles & Brady LLP hosts first-ever Community Development Symposium
More than 40 African American clergy assemble to discuss “Building a 21st-Century Ministry”
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP hosted a luncheon symposium, entitled “The Theology of Community Development: Building a 21st-Century Ministry,” at its Chicago offices on Monday, February 25. In attendance were ministers from some of the largest and most influential African- American churches in the city and surrounding area. The ministers and their staffs were part of the first in an ongoing series of meetings focusing on service to God through community development.
Urban Partnership Bank and Urban Ministries partnered with Quarles & Brady for the informative luncheon meeting, the first of its kind offered by the firm, to add investment and planning intelligence to the law firm’s transactional knowhow. Rev. C. Jeffrey Wright, CEO, Urban Ministries, Inc., delivered a keynote address, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, a partner at Quarles & Brady. Panel participants included John W. Daniels Jr., Chairman of Quarles & Brady; Bishop Sedgwick Daniels, Pastor of Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ; Johnny L. Moutry, Executive Director, New Covenant Housing Corporation, Inc.; and Ken Robinson, Portfolio Manager, Urban Partnership Bank.
“Perhaps no organization is in a better position to identify and pursue economic initiatives that will most effectively address the needs of the community than the local church,” said John Daniels. “What’s needed to empower them and advance their agendas are financial and legal counselors who share their ideals.”