“An engaged interfaith center. This may be my personal bias, because I work with the interfaith community at Rhodes College in Memphis, but it’s definitely something Knoxville needs, because that is the best way to leverage the power of religious institutions into collective action.
“Memphis, for example, has the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, which was formed after Dr. King’s assassination there. People of different faiths or no faith work together to accomplish tasks like delivering Meals on Wheels, providing ombudsmen to investigate potential abuse in elder care, and providing emergency services for families that cannot afford them. The organization draws on common values to provide services to those who cannot afford these services themselves.”
—Eric Adamcik, West High alumnus with ties to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church