“A lifetime of ministry taught me this truth, which led to the creation of Community Renewal International (CRI) in 1994: Cities rest on a foundation of relationships. When relationships disintegrate, a city begins to sink,” says Dr. Grady S. “Mack” McCarter III, the recipient of a 2019 honorary Doctor of Letters from Nyack College. For his extraordinary leadership and public influence, he also was inducted into Nyack’s President’s Hall of Distinction.
Dr. McCarter’s vision for building community is one desperately needed in our nation and the world today, which made his appearance on the popular television show, “CBS News Sunday Morning” this past weekend such a timely feature.
The mission of Community Renewal International is for people to partner with God and each other to make our world a home where every single child, of any age, can be safe and loved. Over the course of more than 25 years, “We Care” teams have grown to over 50,000 members in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana; in all fifty U.S. states; and in forty-one nations of the world. Ten cities in the United States are actively reproducing the model of connecting caring people, changing lives, and transforming neighborhoods. CRI has been recognized both nationally and internationally as a model for reconstructing both the foundation as well as the actual infrastructure of society through developing a system of loving relationships.
Our congratulations to Dr. McCarter and the CRI teams for the vital work they are doing that aligns with Nyack’s core values of being academically excellent, globally engaged, intentionally diverse, personally transforming and socially relevant!