How Faith Is Shaping West Baltimore's Sandtown-Winchester Neighborhood
Today, we revisit a conversation with three pastors who lead churches in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood which has become the focal point of attention since the riots in April. At one time, there were more than 50 churches in Sandtown. There are now more than 30, which still represents a high concentration of churches in the 72 square block area that Sandtown encompasses. What can and should these churches be doing in this neighborhood, which has long struggled with high unemployment, poverty, addiction, and crime?
We explore that question with three pastors who are doing a lot. Pastor Amelia Harris is the co-pastor of the Newborn Community of Faith Church. She has lived and worked in Sandtown with her husband, Elder C. W. Harris, for more than 30 years. Dr. Louis Wilson came to Sandtown from Chicago in January, accepting the call to lead the New Song Community Church.