The Voices of God in Ferguson

By Mark G. Etling  This story appeared in the Aug 29-Sept 11, 2014 print issue of NCR under the headline: “The Voices of God in Ferguson.” Also Published at NCR Online(CNS/St. Louis Review/Lisa Johnston)


Even though I’ve never lived in the city of Ferguson, Mo., I’ve been connected to it for a long time. For 11 years, I worked for the city — I was in charge of its housing corporation, whose primary mission is to help low-income homeowners improve the value of their property. I also helped coordinate a citywide network of neighborhood organizations to build cohesiveness among all the residents and to make the city more responsive to their needs.

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