Resolution J261-2013

Honoring Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas, Founder and Senior Pastor of the Brooklyn Community Church

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  • Jan 24, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 24, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Reverend  Dr. Fred Lucas, Founder and
Senior Pastor of the Brooklyn Community Church,  upon  the  occasion  of
celebrating 40 years of service to the ministry

WHEREAS,  The  character and richness of religious and community life in
this noble Empire State is nourished and fulfilled through the  faithful
concern  and  selfless devotion of those who would commit their energies
and purpose to the ministry of others; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recog-
nition and just tribute to those individuals who distinguish  themselves
and the ministry through their unremitting commitment and preeminence of
service; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Reverend Dr.
Fred Lucas, Founder and Senior Pastor of the Brooklyn Community  Church,
upon the occasion of celebrating 40 years of service to the ministry, to
be recognized Saturday, October 27, 2012, at Russo's on The Bay, Queens,
New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas is a pastor, educator and specialist
in the area of faith-based community, housing and economic  development;
he  is the founding pastor of the Brooklyn Community Church in Brooklyn,
New York, and founding President/CEO of the Faith Center  For  Community
Development, Inc.; and
  WHEREAS,  Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas has served as instructor of religion
at Monrovia College in Liberia, West Africa, and as an Adjunct Professor
at Harvard Divinity School, Colgate Rochester Divinity School,  and  New
York Theological Seminary; and
  WHEREAS,  For  the  past 40 years, Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas has been in
the preaching ministry; he has 25 years of pastoral experience  at  four
churches  in  Liberia, West Africa; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Buffalo,
New York; and Brooklyn, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas is a  creative,  innovative,  out-of-
the-box  preacher  and leader; at Brooklyn Community Church, 100 members
joined the church in its first 10 months of existence; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Dr.  Fred  Lucas  provided  pastoral  leadership  in
launching  many  community programs, and he has served on numerous advi-
sory boards; in addition, he served  on  President  Clinton's  Religious
Advisory  Board,  and  was  appointed by President George W. Bush to the
National African American Leadership Roundtable, as well as  the  Clergy
Advisory Board of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief Fund; and
  WHEREAS, His work has been nationally recognized in the writings of C.
Eric  Lincoln, Lawrence Mamiya, Andrew Billingsley, and Clarence Taylor,
as well as featured in POSITIVE COMMUNITY magazine, THE NEW YORK  TIMES,
AMSTERDAM  NEWS, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, CNN, NBC World News Tonight,
and NBC Nightly News; and
  WHEREAS, At the Faith Center, Reverend Lucas has served  as  publisher
and  general editor of three practical manuals on church-based community
development:   A LEGAL GUIDE TO STARTING  A  FAITH-BASED  CDC,  BUILDING
PROSPERITY  AND ABUNDANCE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY - A GUIDE TO LAUNCHING
A FINANCIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM IN YOUR LOCAL  CHURCH,  and  THE  ROLE  OF
FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT; and
  WHEREAS,  Reverend  Dr.  Fred  Lucas  holds a B.A. degree from Harvard
University; a Master of Divinity degree from  Harvard  Divinity  School;
and  a  Doctor of Ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School
in New York; and
  WHEREAS, Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas has brought to his ministry an  over-
whelming  spirit  of  charity  and  compassion,  acting  from vision and
enlightenment in conducting his  administrative  and  spiritual  duties,

while  always  displaying  the highest standards of personal and profes-
sional integrity and dedication; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance,  and wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and has adminis-
tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been  his  wife,  D.  Pulane  Lucas,
their  four children, and one grandchild, all of whom feel privileged to
be a part of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  a  person
of such noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention it is
appropriate  to  publicly and jubilantly proclaim and commend that indi-
vidual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas, Founder and Senior Pastor of the Brooklyn
Community  Church,  upon the occasion of celebrating 40 years of service
to the ministry, noting his unremitting and compassionate faith and  his
exemplary  service  to God, man, and his community, and extending to him
the heartfelt best wishes of this  Legislative  Body  for  a  future  of
purposeful success and well-being; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Reverend Dr. Fred Lucas.

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