Detroit pastors, Promise Keepers to lead 'Reviving Detroit Summit'

40 pastors gather to address social issues, foster racial reconciliation and more

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DETROIT - Detroit's inner city and suburban pastors will join Promise Keepers to lead the "Reviving Detroit Summit" on Thursday.

Organizers said the event will unite 40 local pastors to revitalize Detroit, to lead the city back from economic and spiritual bankruptcy, to foster racial reconciliation and to address social issues and crime hurting residents of metro Detroit.

The dialogue will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to discuss solutions to Detroit's problems. Organizers said a news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Detroit pastors and other leaders.

Dr. Raleigh Washington, CEO and President of Promise Keepers, and Promise Keepers Founder Coach Bill McCartney will lead the "Reviving Detroit Summit." The Detroit host will be Pastor John Denson.

They will join metro Detroit Christian leaders Pastor Bob Shirock, Pastor Marvin Miles, Pastor Haman Cross, Jr., Pastor Scott McKee, Messianic Rabbi Loren Jacobs and other prominent leaders for an in-depth dialogue on solving our community's problems, organizers said.

Pastor Derrick Gay of Sanford, Fla. will be the keynote speaker. Organizers said he is leading a National Reconciliation and Relationship Initiative to heal racial divisions, after the death of Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman trial verdict.

Thursday's summit, which is by invitation only, will be held at the historic Hotel St. Regis in downtown Detroit.

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