One week ago, I had my first experience within the walls of downtown youngstown's Trinity United Methodist Church.
The beauty of the Trinity United Methodist structure puts the space in the upper echelon of architectural awesomeness for local sacred spaces, such as St. Patrick's Catholic Church on the southside and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church downtown. The numerous separate chapels, the wood detail throughout, the stone gothic arches, the ornate baptismal font, the treed courtyard, the tunneling hallways, the people, and the history – all merge together to make the place shine.
The Trinity United Methodist Church complex will also be the site of the upcoming “Youngstown Community Congress” Monday at 6:30pm, where hundreds and hundreds of residents will gather to discuss the urban agenda with local officials.
The event is free and open to the public,
with free parking downtown in parking lots along Front Street.
Topics for mass discussion include policies for vacant properties, access to healthy foods, neighborhood safety, and jobs/economic development.
Citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions to candidates for Congress, for state Senate, to representatives of the Governor's race, and various targeted local elected positions. Depending on to whom the question is asked, candidates will have 2 minutes to respond.
While approximately 80 neighborhood/community organizations from across the Mahoning Valley will be represented at the event, a number of opinions can develop into a single entity with a unified voice to share with local and state officials.
The opportunity then exists to make your voice heard in the upcoming election, but also to create accountability among those officials who currently hold office.
Youngstown Community Congress
Trinity United Methodist Church
30 West Front Street
Yo O 44503