Dr. Otis Moss Jr.

Social Responsibility in the 21st Century – a Call to a New Generation

Several times a year the Cleveland Life Institute sponsors leaders to come and speak to the community about their experiences and training.

This free presentation by Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. was sponsored by the Cleveland Life Institute in the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland, Spahr Center

His talk about “Social Responsibility in the 21st Century-a Call to a New Generation” was very informative and the large crowd appreciated his wisdom.

Theologian, pastor, and civic leader the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. is one of America’s most influential religious leaders and highly sought-after public speakers. A native of Georgia, Dr. Moss was born on February 26, 1935, and was raised in the community of LaGrange. The son of Magnolia Moss and Otis Moss, Sr., and the fourth of their five children, he earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1956 and his masters of divinity degree from the Morehouse School of Religion/Interdenominational Theological Center in 1959. He also completed special studies at the Inter-Denominational Theological Center from 1960 to 1961 and earned his D.Min. degree from the United Theological Seminary in 1990.

From 1954 to 1959, Dr. Moss served as pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in LaGrange, Georgia. From 1956 to 1961, he also served as pastor of Atlanta’s Providence Baptist Church and therefore, simultaneously led two congregations from 1956 to 1959. From 1961 to 1975, he pastored the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lockland, Ohio, and in 1971, he served as co-pastor, with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1975, he was called to pastor Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio, He led the church for 33 years before retiring in 2008. In 1997 Moss partnered with University Hospitals to create the Otis Moss Jr. Medical Center.

Dr. Moss has been involved in advocating civil and human rights and social justice issues for most of his adult life. Having been a staff member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he currently serves as a national board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. His work in the international community has taken him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan as a member of a clergy mission in 1970, and to Israel in 1978. In 1994, he was the special guest of President Bill Clinton at the peace treaty signing between Israel and Jordan, and, in that same year, he led a special mission to South Africa.

Dr. Moss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Human Relations Award from Bethune Cookman College in 1976, The Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development in 1992, Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 1996, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from LaGrange College in 2004. In 2004, he participated in the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, and was a guest presenter for the Lyman Beecher Lecture series at Yale University.

Reverend Otis Moss is the Chairman of Morehouse College. He is the Director of The Cleveland Foundation. Named by Ebony magazine as one of America’s greatest black preachers, he has been involved in the civil rights movement for more than 35 years. A founding board member of the Greater Cleveland Roundtable.

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Abandoned Housing in Cleveland

Several times a year the Cleveland Life Institute sponsors leaders to come and speak to the community about their experiences and training.

This free presentation by was sponsored by the Cleveland Life Institute. Guest speaker, Jim Rokakis – former Cuyahoga County Treasurer and current Vice President & Director of Thriving Communities of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy spoke about “Abandoned Housing in Cleveland” .

The slides showed the true story of the monster that ate Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs. It clearly showed Cleveland’s vacancy crisis as it expanded to swallow up neighborhood after neighborhood.

With the loss of population, the weakened economy, the housing bust, and foreclosures there are hundreds if not thousands of houses that are in bad shape or sitting empty in the city of Cleveland. Perhaps half of these houses are in bad enough shape that they are beyond saving from demolition. This is a very location driven problem. Some neighborhoods are affected more than others. It is easy to say this is an inner city problem since homes in outer-ring suburbs get purchased, rehabilitated and placed back on the market quickly.

No matter where you live, abandoned homes do affect you. An inner city that looks like a war zone takes a toll on even outer suburbs making them a less desirable place to live. “You might think you’re safe because you live in a suburb like Strongsville, or Chagrin or Brecksville or Bay Village, but the reality is, it’s the loss of value in the city and the inner ring suburbs that has driven property taxes up for people all over the county,” said Jim Rokakis, vice president of the Western Land Reserve Conservancy. “It’s destabilizing these neighborhoods and that destabilization tends to migrate outwards.”

Sun Stand Still

Sun Stand Still

This Class, based on Sun Stand Still is lead by Marty Capers and Wendy Chaney in the Fireside Room. It will be held Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

In Sun Stand Still, Pastor Steven Furtick challenged us to ask God for the impossible—to live, every day, with the same faith in the miraculous that we see in the Bible. In this daily, personal guide Steven leads you deeper into Scripture as you begin to live the life God created and saved us for.

Over the next forty days, you’ll have the opportunity to see what audacious faith can look like in your own life. Through daily scripture readings and teachings, this book will give you the chance to change your perspective on prayer. If you have the ability to ask, God has the ability to act – and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

In this devotional, you will learn daily how to develop your faith, walk in the confidence of Christ, and dare to believe God for the impossible.

Steven FurtickSteven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, NC.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree and is the New York Times Best Selling author of Crash the ChatterboxGreaterSun Stand Still(Un)Qualified, and Seven-Mile Miracle.

 

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Cleveland Life Institute

Our Leadership Program


Cleveland Life Institute Uniqueness-
Interactive, socially conscience, community active, experiential, practical, and powerful.

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Successful leaders know their value lies not only in managing teams and running organizations, but in inspiring others, setting purposeful goals, executing strategic visions, and creating cultures of excellence.

Our program is designed to challenge your current perceptions about leadership and the values through interaction in our group both in the classroom as well as making a difference in our community project right here in Cleveland Ohio.

The Executive Education Program

The Cleveland Life Institute is a faith-based residential executive education program that offers the opportunity to think strategically about guiding organizations to be relevant to culture and relational to the community.

In addition to the interaction of the classroom experience, the student will work collaboratively toward solutions to today’s challenges.

The first year consists of lectures, the design of a class project, implementation of that project in the community and a report to the agency on behalf the project was undertaken.  A critique of the project will conclude the term with recommendations on the continuation of the project for the next class or a spin-off of the project.

The lectures would be presented by industry experts under the direction of a facilitating faculty member who would be assigned to the class for the entire semester and would demonstrate how the various lectures pertain to the topic of the semester and the experiential learning project.

The two-semester program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” is the first course to be offered by the School.

Skills for Social Entrepreneurs

The program “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” has five main objectives:

Ethics and values – Students will understand basic ethical principles for business and for working in our community and will demonstrate the ability to integrate values into all processes and to be responsibly engaged with communities.  Students will also examine their own personal values.

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The Social Entrepreneurial Skill Set – Using sophisticated written and oral communication skills and critical thinking skills developed in general education, students will be able to demonstrate competence in each of the following skills essential to entrepreneurship:

  • Opportunity assessment
  • Team building, leadership
  • Negotiation skills
  • Use of basic business skills to further social goals: organization, resource development, planning, growth, management, economic


Cultural, Political, and Social Understanding
—Students will acquire an understanding of social, political, and cultural frameworks, will demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to the assessment of issues and problems, and to use this knowledge in making responsible judgments about issues and problems.

Project planning
 — Students will be expected to develop a full understanding of how to create and utilize a project plan that includes sustainability.

Managing and Sustaining an entrepreneurial initiative
 — Students will learn the unique set of skills necessary to guide a project through periods of both growth and decline.

SYLLABUS TOPICS

The Cleveland Life Institute program will be offered over two semesters.   Each semester will be 15 weeks in length, meet one time per week for 3 hours.

Semester One  CLELIFE 1001

Introduction to Management Skills for Social Entrepreneurs
Non-profits, governments, and social entrepreneurs
Project planning – Program development and assessment
Legal issues and structure
Finance: Fundraising, grant writing, and budgeting
Administrative structure
Measuring and managing performance
Leveraging networks and mentors
Final presentations and conclusions
Group Presentation of Social Venture Feasibility Study
Presentation to agency

Semester Two CLELIFE 2001

The Business Plan
Scalability
Sustainability
Final presentations and conclusions
Group Presentation of Social Venture Business Plan and the Project.
Deliver a report to the agency on behalf the project was undertaken
Educational Objectives

Semester One

Social Venture Feasibility Study:

The major deliverable for the course is a social venture feasibility study.  The feasibility study will help students determine whether there is potential in their idea for social impact.  The document’s structure and content will mirror that of a business plan, although the purpose is somewhat different.  A business plan is a tool used, among other reasons, to seek resources or financial support.  In the context of this course, a feasibility study is the precursor for a business plan.

According to Andrew Wolk, author of Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact:

“A good business planning process produces an in-depth understanding of a target social problem that results in identifying opportunities that exist to address it.”

Semester Two

Social Venture Business Plan:

The major deliverables for the course is a business plan based on the project identified and validated in the feasibility study and initiating the project.

According to Wolk, “The final product, a complete business plan, demonstrates a commitment to accountability by including a rigorous measurement system for assessing and improving performance.  It also includes a plan for achieving financial sustainability, which ties funding to results and helps to attract funders …”

Examining the work from Wolk’s Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact.

elevator open to downtownElevator Pitch:

Persuasive and effective communication is an essential skill for any social entrepreneur.  Elevator pitches are how social entrepreneurs present themselves to audiences when time is limited but an opportunity awaits.  They are short, persuasive introductions to an idea or organization.  The class will make a two-minute elevator pitch for the new social venture.

Initiating the Project:

The class will initiate to project that was validated by the feasibility study and around which a business plan was created.

Admissions

Founded with a desire to unite individuals who are passionate about making a difference in our world and to explore their faith in a progressive, interactive environment along with a focus on innovation, the Cleveland Life Institute pursues excellence in our educational experience. It’s unique design of guest lecturers with real-world experience in our community advance the kingdom and quality of life for everyone within our community.

We offer two tracks for our first years:

1) Certificate Program

Leadership Certification is a one-year program that will develop your unique capabilities to make an impact on the world and live a life of purpose and fulfillment. The curriculum covers competencies in self-management, teamwork, leadership and professional skills.

Graduates earn a designation on their transcript recognizing their demonstrated excellence in leadership and organization and community involvement.

  • Requirement – High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • A letter of recommendation for the program.
  • Commitment to the completion of the year.  (This is essential for the interaction of the class and involvement in the project.)
  • Limited enrollment

2) Graduate Level Continue Educational Units (CEU’s)

The Graduate Level CEU’s program is a one-year program accredited by the State of Ohio Department of Higher Educations requirements for CEU’s.  This program is at a high graduate level.  The program provides real-life experiences with personal interaction to offer both a networking quality and real work experience which translates into a wide range of fields and work environments. 

  • Requirements- a College Degree
  • A LETTER OF recommendation for the program.
  • Commitment to the completion of the year. (This is essential for the interaction of the class and involvement in the project.)

(Both the Certificate Program and CEU Program are operational together and meeting the same standards, paying the same tuition and graduation certificates, yet those who qualify for the CEU’s are rewarded with recognized CEU’s.)

Applying to the Program

Applications for the 2017 cohort are being accepted May 1, through August 11, 2017
Submit Your 2017 Cohort Application
Space is limited, please apply as soon as possible.

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Our Project


 The Educational component of Experiential Education

 “Each day that we live, we’re taking in new information, ideas, concepts, experiences, and sensations. We need to consciously stand guard at the doors of our minds to make sure that whatever we’re allowing to enter will cause our lives to be enriched, that the experiences we pursue will add to our stockpile of possibility.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within

The Power of Experiential Education by Janet Eyler

“Experiential education, which takes students into the community, helps students both to bridge classroom study and life in the world and to transform inert knowledge into knowledge-in-use. It rests on theories of experiential learning, a process whereby the learner interacts with the world and integrates new learning into old constructs.”

The ‘Jesus Method’ as a teacher

Jesus provided us a teaching model based on experiential learning which was gathering a small group of individuals into teaching sessions through life experiences.  The “Jesus Method” incorporates four general points about Jesus’ moral teaching.

The first is that it is aimed at achieving a transformation of moral character; without changing certain traits and attitudes that impede moral responsiveness, moral teaching remains merely exhortative.

Second, moral teaching cannot be moralizing; it must begin with an understanding of moral agency and motivation, and sometimes the way to influence these is not through direct moral instruction, but through other kinds of teaching.

Third, many deep moral insights are gained only indirectly, through reflection on complex and puzzling cases that do not yield simple truths or directives.

Hence, fourth, Jesus’ use of proverbs, allegories, paradoxes, parables and other figurative forms reflects, on the positive side, a desire to cultivate in listeners a breadth and flexibility of moral imagination – and, on the negative side, a willingness to see many listeners misunderstand or not understand at all.

-Nicholas C. Burbules, “Jesus as a teacher.” Spirituality and Ethics in Education: Philosophical, Theological, and Cultural Perspectives, Hanan Alexander, ed. (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press) 2017.

Making a Difference in Our Community


Photograph: Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer

Each year’s Cleveland Life Institute students will engage in addressing a community issue in partnership with the ongoing work of other programs and governmental agencies.

Our Community Project  (2017-18 ) will be to evaluate and make recommendations for action regarding the problem of abandoned homes and properties in the city of Cleveland. 

Vacant houses, blighted buildings still plague Cleveland, but problem is shrinking: Taking Stock by Michelle Jarboe, The Plain Dealer

How Cleveland’s Vacant Homes Violent Crimes and Lead Poisoning are Linked – CWRU Report by Rachel Dissell, The Plain Dealer

We are in partnership with the City of Cleveland, the Cuyahoga Land Bank, and Western Reserve Land Conservancy to create a network in the faith based community to help in the revitalization of neighborhoods through a project which our students will engage themselves.

This provides a learning environment that represents the opportunity of each class to work though a project over the course of a year to a point of completion. Students will work together along with faculty advisors and community leaders to utilize our faith based community in the process of rebuilding neighborhoods. The exact nature of our role will be presented the the beginning of the school year.

Management abilities, leadership skill, and teamwork projects will provide a learning experience that will find value in our students personal or professional life. 

Few programs incorporate the level of experiential education as we provide. This will be a strong point of our program and a strong addition to our students resume.

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American Baptist Women’s Dinner

May 9th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Place:
Mediterranean Party Center
25021 Rockside Road
Bedford Heights, OH

Please circle the date for the annual dinner meeting of American Baptist Women’s Ministries of Greater Cleveland.

Faith In Action

Faith in Action

SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 2017

Work projects: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Celebration luncheon: 12:30 – 2:00 PM

We’re Outta Here — our service begins! This is the 10th year that First Baptist Church has left the building for a day of community service, outreach and fellowship.

Request more information about Faith in Action or sign up.

Rev. Kregg Burris will lead us in a brief communion service then it’s off we go to serve!

Information and sign-up sheets will be available in Swasey Tower. Find a project that you would like to do and sign up at church. Question? Ask Fran Leanza and Nanci Ruhoff for more information or email them through the form at the bottom of this page.

SERVICE PROJECTS

NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD COLLECTION

This group will walk the neighborhoods near FBC collecting food items for Family Promise and for the Hunger Center at Bethany Baptist Church. The FBC Boy Scout troop will assist by distributing fliers, in advance, to the homes we will be visiting. Please bring your own water bottle, rain gear, stroller and especially wagons.

Project Leaders: Laura Leanza Preston and Steve Bopple

Project designed for: This is a great project for any age; infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults. There is no limit to the number of participants, the more the better!


JUDSON HYMN SING WITH RESIDENTS

This group will travel to Judson Retirement Center for a hymn sing. We will go to several sections of the nursing care facility to sing familiar hymns with the residents.

Project Leaders: Bob Schneider

Project designed for: Anyone who enjoys singing the old familiar hymns and in so doing bring a smile to the faces of these older people. You do not need to be a great singer, the words and music will be provided, just bring along a great spirit. This project is limited to 25 participants.


RUST BELT COMMUNITY GARDEN

Come help created a useful green space in our city. As we work together at a Cleveland Community Garden, located at 1407 E. 40th, Cleveland. The team will be weeding and thinning the garden to prepare the ground for planting. Bring a water bottle, rain gear, work gloves, kneeling pads, weed wackers, & small hand shovels.

 Project Leaders: Jane Pernicone and Todd Rogers

Projects designed for 12- 15 people; youth and adults, children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.


CLEVELAND HEIGHTS NEIGHBOR IN NEED

Springtime brings vegetables to plant, weeds to pull, and beds to mulch—and FBC can help.

Project Leaders: Charley Cicco and Phil Ruhoff

Project designed for: 5-8 people; older children, youth and adults


FAMILY PROMISE

Come join with families living at nearby Family Promise in a morning of fun projects with mom and children. A cooking project, crafts, games and stories are planned..

Project Leader: Angela Fielding

Project designed for 10-12 people; children, youth and adults


MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE

First the group will sort the donations from the congregation then make a the delivery to the shelter. Participants will have an opportunity to visit the shelter, the largest in Ohio.

Project Leader: Kevin Bouyer

Project designed for: 6-8 people; men, women and youth ages 16 an up


MULCHING FBC GROUNDS

Many hands will be needed to spread mulch on the many beds on our church grounds. Please bring a wheelbarrow if possible as well as work gloves and a rake.

Project Leaders: Ed Szalay and Steve Rosen

Project designed for: Ambitious children, youth and adults, many hands are needed


FBC HUNGER GARDEN PLANTING

This year our garden is again being opened to neighbors in our community as well as FBC people who would like to have their own plot. Some of all produce grown goes to the Hts. Hunger Center. Come and help get things started. Gardening experience is not needed.

Project Leader: Tobili Sam-Yellowe

Project designed for: 8-10 people; older children, youth and adults


WHITE CROSS BANDAGES

Currently bandages are being sent to the Congo. The Fireside Room will quickly be transformed into what looks like a small factory: some ripping sheets, some running sewing machines, some rolling strips into bandages and everyone laughing, talking and having a fun. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting material.

Project LeadersAnne Eickmann and Jean Britton

Project designed for: Older children, youth and adults, there is no limit to the number of participants to help with this project, the more the merrier!


BABY LAYETTES FOR EXPECTANT MOMS IN RURAL NICARAGUA

Our FBC summer mission team will be delivering these items this summer. Come and learn a little more about this beautiful but very poor country as we put together gifts for new moms

Project Leaders: Jessica Chapman-Martinez and Nancy Wheaton

Poject designed for: 10-15 people; older children, youth and adults


SORTING AND BOXING UP CLOTHING FOR WOMEN LIVING IN A SAFE HOUSE FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND A HALF-WAY HOUSE FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY

For this project will involve sorting clothing that will later be delivered to agencies sponsoring the facilities for women.

Project Leaders: Joan Mihelich and Paula Bradley

Project designed for: 10-15 people; older children, teens and adults


PREPARING A NO-COOK DESSERT FOR A CALVARY MEAL

An easy sit-down task of putting together a dessert for our next guests at Calvary church.

Project Leaders: Judy Donley and Chuck Cicco

Project designed for 6-8 people; children, teens and adults


LUNCH BUNCH

If you enjoy being in the kitchen this project is for you. Help set up the tables, fire up the grills and help cook a delicious lunch. Report for duty to Head Chef, Faith Arnold in the main kitchen by Fellowship Hall. Help will also be needed to wash dishes after the lunch.

Project Leaders: Faith Arnold and Benne Christian

Project designed for: 10-12 people; older children, youth and adults


NURSERY IS OPEN

Our nursery will be open as usual for babies and toddlers with care being provided by the regular Sunday staff. Please sign up if you plan to use this service.

DONATIONS NEEDED IN ADVANCE TO MAKE OUR DAY A SUCCESS

JOSEPH HOUSE CLOTHING BANK for recent refugees coming to Cleveland

Needed are children’s clothing and shoes in good condition. Please limit donations to summer and fall items. New underwear and socks are also needed.


RENEE JONES EMPOWERMENT CENTER for victims of human trafficking

Women’s clothing and shoes in good condition; summer dresses, skirts, slacks, blouses, jackets, light weight coats and especially back to work clothes. New under garments are also needed.


FAMILY PROMISE

The following items are needed for families as they make a fresh start in their own apartments; soaps, cleaning supplies, foil, wax paper, lunch bags, toilet paper, sponges, new kitchen towels, hot pads as well as personal hygiene products for teen girls and women.


MEN’S SHELTER AT 2100 LAKESIDE

Books, recent magazines, devotional booklets, puzzle books and reading glasses from the dollar store. Washable Men’s clothing; jeans, t-shirts, sweat shirts, jackets, rain gear and shoes. New socks and underwear is greatly appreciated. Also gym bags and back packs as the men need to carry all their belongings with them during the day.


FOR WHITE CROSS BANDAGES

Old sheets of any size, any color, or any design are needed. They will be ripped and rolled into bandages

COLLECTION BASKETS CAN BE FOUND IN THE FAIRMOUNT HALL

Women at Koinonia

FBC Women’s Retreat

Some thirty-plus years ago this wonderful tradition began! We welcome you to be a part of this memorable event as we gather at the Koinonia Camp and Conference Center near Madison, Ohio, about an hour from FBC.
 
The retreat is open to adult women, both members and friends of FBC. The fee is $35 and is due by May 1st along with your registration form. We will do our own dinner on Friday evening and the camp will serve breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Our menu will include healthy choices. When you register you will receive a list of what to bring including one item for our Friday meal. You will also receive a list of participants so you can form car pools.
 
The program is filled with moments of music, learning opportunities, reflection, campfire, nature exploration, prayer and fellowship.