Rev. Dr. Caron M. Allen
Religious Affairs Shall:
Promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle.
Enlist the support of organized groups for membership, fundraising and the struggle of equality and full civil rights.
Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations.
Biography of Rev. Dr. Caron M. Allen
A retired, 33-year law enforcement veteran, Dr. Allen received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Criminology from the University of Southern Colorado, now (Colorado State University) and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She obtained a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. In 2010 Dr. Allen attended the Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute Fellowship at Boston University and in 2014 she received a Doctorate in Biblical Studies from the Newburgh Theological Seminary and Bible College, Newburgh, Indiana.
Dr. Allen is a member of the Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (EMBC) where she serves as one of the associate ministers to Pastor Cleveland A. Thompson. She serves on the Security Team and with the Consecrated Women’s Ministry.
A native of Georgia, Dr. Allen grew up during the turbulence of the Civil Rights movement and embraces the lessons of that era. As a community activist she addresses the issues of civil rights, leadership, career development, and women’s issues in ministry and in the criminal justice system.
As Director of Religious Affairs for the PPSCLC, she is responsible for ensuring the tenets of the Committee's Vision are attained.
Dr. Allen's personal mantra is Discipline, Obedience, Humility, and Praise will Maximize My Potential.
Dr. Allen and her husband Henry Allen, Jr. have a blended family of eight adult children, 21 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Civil Rights Based on Christian Principles
Although Christian principles are stated or referred to throughout the teachings of Dr. King in the various programs, statements, and documents of the SCLC and in the Kingian Nonviolence methodology, there are specific civil rights and Christian principles outlined in the Mission Statement and Organization Focus regarding civil rights.
The MISSION STATEMENT reads:
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is renewing its commitment to bring about the promise of "one nation, under God, indivisible" together with the commitment to activate the "strength to love" within the community of humankind.
There are two major principles identified in this statement. They are:
· “one nation, under God, indivisible”
· “the commitment to activate the "strength to love"
One scriptural foundation for the “one nation, under God, indivisible" principle can be found in Mark 3:24-25. It reads: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (NKJV). See also Matthew 12:25 and Luke 11:17.
Further scriptural foundation for the pursuit of the “under God” portion of this principle is found in Ephesians 4:5-6; It reads: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in youall.”(NKJV)
As an organization of Christian believers, this chapter of Ephesians outlines in great detail our mandate to love. Verses 1-3 reads: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (NKJV)
The ORGANIZATION FOCUS reads:
The organizational focus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is to promote spiritual principles within our membership and local communities; to educate youth and adults in the areas of personal responsibility, leadership potential, and community service; to ensure economic justice and civil rights in the areas of discrimination and affirmative action; and to eradicate environmental classism and racism wherever it exists.
The major principles identified in this statement are:
· To promote spiritual principles
To educate in the areas of:
· Personal responsibility
· Leadership potential
· Community service
· To Ensure economic justice and civil rights
· To eradicate environmental classism and racism wherever it exists.
The following Scriptures speak to Spiritual Principles:
Ephesians 4:29, Hebrews 4:12
The following Scriptures speak to Personal Responsibility:
The following Scriptures speak to Leadership Potential:
The following Scriptures speak to Community Service:
The following Scriptures speak to Economic Justice and Civil Rights:
The following Scriptures speak to Classicism and Racism:
The Scriptures I have identified are not all inclusive but are representative of God's position on the rights of man.
To recruit and maintain at least three motivated committee members to include clergy and lay persons.
To operate within the Christian Principles of the Bible when planning and executing programs, services, and pursuit of civil rights.
To provide spiritual guidance to members of the organization and community when requested.
To establish solid working relationships with the faith-based leaders in the community.
To establish the PPSCLC as a spiritual and moral voice within the community.
When faced with any dilemma, the question should be: What would the PPSCLC do?