A Word From Mack McCarter, Our Founder And Coordinator
Welcome to a journey we call Community Renewal and thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. I hope you will join with us on this walk to build safe and caring communities in cities across the nation.
A lifetime of ministry taught me this truth, which led to the creation of Community Renewal International in 1994: Cities rest on a foundation of relationships. When relationships disintegrate, a city begins to sink.
Criminal activity, domestic violence, child neglect, substance abuse, high school dropout rates and other problems are all symptoms of a society with a fundamental lack of caring relationships.
Community Renewal International works to restore the foundation of a safe and caring community by rebuilding the system of caring relationships. It’s a large task and, indeed, no one individual or organization can tackle it alone. But by working together, we can reverse the process of disintegration which has destroyed every prior civilization in history.
We are fulfilled only as we serve others. We are complete only as we give ourselves to others. And we are perfected only as we seek to love others. This is our task: to become other-centered rather than self-centered.
Over and over again I hear a cry going up. From the wealthy and the poor, from the powerful and the dependant, from the global and the provincial, I hear groans with sighs too deep for words. The world today is crying out for a miracle.
I believe with my whole heart that all of us working together in community renewal are a miracle. Day by day, more and more caring partners are joining in this march of living with a dedicated purpose to stop the disintegration of our cities and grow a new model of community. This is much like starting a new technology – a social technology. It takes real sacrifice, but I know with your help we can succeed.
God bless you for joining this great miracle.
Mack’s list of honors and awards includes:
- Guest panelist – Annual Conference on Citizenship – Washington, D.C.
- Distinguished Minister Award for Specialized Ministries – Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX
- Christian Leadership Award – Centenary College, Shreveport, LA
- Difference Maker of the Year – Difference Makers Award, Shreveport, LA
- Sister Margaret McCaffrey Award for outstanding service to the community – Christian Service Program
- Invited for a fifth year to Clinton Global Initiative – Clinton Global Initiative, New York City
- Layperson of the Year – Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District, Kiwanis International
- Layperson of the Year – Kiwanis Club of Shreveport
- Invited for a fourth year to Clinton Global Initiative – Clinton Global Initiative, New York City
- Invited for a third year to Clinton Global Initiative – Clinton Global Initiative, New York City
- One of five finalists for the True North Award out of more than 2,300 entries nationwide – Frito-Lay Corporation
- Invited for a second year to Clinton Global Initiative – Clinton Global Initiative, New York City
- Sacred Heart Humanitarian of the Year Award – Sacred Heart Catholic Church
- Invited to Clinton Global Initiative, bringing together world leaders, business executives, faith leaders and other innovative thinkers to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges – Clinton Global Initiative, New York City
- Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award – Texas Christian University
- Mr. Shreveport Award, for exceptional contributions to the Shreveport community – Optimist Club of Shreveport
- Angel Award, presented to “an extraordinary individual who donates his or her time and talent to help Louisiana children.” – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
- Dan Burt Bill of Rights Award – Northwest Chapter, ACLU of Louisiana
- Social Entrepreneurship Initiative Award, honoring contemporary non-profit organizations who have found innovative, private solutions for America’s most pressing social problems. – Manhattan Institute
- Samaritan of the Year Award – Samaritan Counseling Center
- Louisiana Public Citizen of the Year Award – National Association of Social Workers, Shreveport Region
- The Harry Blake Award, in recognition of trailblazing commitments to humankind and contributions for African-American empowerment – Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church
- Hand in Hand Award, in appreciation for sharing your vision on race and cultural relations – Greater Shreveport Human Relations Commission Youth Council
- Selected one of 10 New Century Leaders in Shreveport by The (Shreveport) Times
- Inducted into the C.E. Byrd High School Hall of Fame
- Pete Harris Unity Award – National Conference for Community and Justice
- Selected as one of KSLA Channel 12’s “Hometown Heroes.”
- Liberty Bell Award – Shreveport Bar Association
- Ralph Waldo Emerson Award – All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
- Humanitarian of the Year Award – Arthritis Foundation
A Word from Mack
Mack McCarter is founder and coordinator of Community Renewal International. A native of Shreveport, La., Mack holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Texas Christian University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Brite Divinity School.
He served as a pastor for 18 years in Texas before returning to Shreveport in 1991 to begin implementing his vision for community renewal. CRI was formally organized in 1994 and under Mack’s leadership has grown into an organization which has received national and international recognition for its life-changing impact.