Our Roots


Two years ago, Pastor Richie Butler hosted a community forum on policing and race relations at St. Paul United Methodist Church that included the former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, former District Attorney Craig Watkins and Sheriff Lupe Valdez. As a result of that forum, he was convicted to launch an initiative to address the divides in our community and the country. That initiative is called Project Unity.

Project Unity has been leading efforts to unify Dallas by implementing a number of community building programs to help heal race relationships between law enforcement and Dallas citizens.

“When I begin to see you as my brother, neighbor and friend...My response to your plight is different than when I see you as a stranger.”

Project Unity is a collaborative movement based on the faith driven belief that what unites us is greater than what divides us.  Its core focus is building and sustaining community. Its mission is fulfilled through dialogue, community building events and activities, education and empowerment.

After the tragic events of July 7, 2016 in Dallas, Texas, and subsequent conversations with many leaders in the Dallas community, Pastor Butler was given the vision for the “Year of Unity” as a way to bring us all together.

And thus, the efforts begin.