City of Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens will participate as a featured panelist during the Virtual Town Hall sponsored by the ACTS Clergy Caucus on Thursday, May 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Guests will include local faith leaders and community stakeholders to discuss the community’s recovery from COVID-19. Rev. Daren Jaime, lead pastor of People’s AME Zion Church, will engage the group in a conversation, examining the disparities of the pandemic within communities of color and the resources available to combat the impact of the virus.  

Additional government representatives invited by Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter, director of the Caucus, include: Monica Williams, chief diversity officer, Onondaga County; Vernon Williams, legislator – 16th District, Onondaga County Legislature; and Tamica Barnett, commissioner of education, Syracuse City School District Board of Education.

The list of leaders from the faith community include: Rev. Bruce Burns, pastor, HOPPS Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church; Rev. Beth DuBois, pastor, South Valley Presbyterian Church; Rev. Frank Gibson, director of InterFaith initiatives, Interfaith Works; Rev. Eric Jackson, pastor, Plymouth Congregational Church, United Church of Christ; Rev. Max Jones, Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ; and Rev. Bonnie Shoultz, Zen Center of Syracuse.

Viewers can request to participate in the Town Hall to be hosted through Zoom by registering via email at officemanager.acts[at]

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