Friends: Happy New Year! 2016 offers us all opportunities for making changes in our lives and the world around us. With 1 in 5 New Yorkers living in poverty, roughly 60,000 homeless, and communities like Brownsville, Harlem, Mott Haven, and Hunts Point where over 30% of our neighbors live below the poverty line, 2016 brings a call for change that transform lives, families, and neighborhoods. Praxis Connections is launching the new year with a Praxis Forums titled Market Solutions: Models & Tools aimed at bringing together business and ministry leaders to explore how we might collaborate together to love our neighbor by providing new opportunities to develop businesses and jobs in underserved areas. So if you are a business leader looking for how you can use your marketplace gifts for the benefit of our neighbors, someone already engaged in some form of business as ministry and want learn more and connect with others, or a ministry leader looking to add some tools to how you love and serve your community then I hope you will join us at Morgan Stanley on Thursday, January 21st from 6:00PM – 8:00PM to hear from Rudy Carrasco (see bio) of Partners Worldwide and Nicole Valentine (see bio) of Winly to share Market Solutions: Models & Tools for Community Transformation including a dialogue on how we can best build out these models & tools. Please take a look at Rudy Carrasco’s article “Urban Leaders Support Grassroots Entrepreneurs“ to get a taste of what our time is about.