by Erin Morey, Director of Communications and Community Engagement
On Sunday, July 28 at 1pm, St. Paul's is hosting a workshop on Faith-Rooted Organizing.
Faith Rooted Organizing, like community organizing, is a process where a community comes together to work toward common goals. In Faith Rooted Organizing, that community is a church or congregation, whose common goals grow from their faith in Christ.
I learned about Faith Rooted Organizing at a workshop with members other denominations from all over the country several years ago. We gathered to learn from community leaders, such as the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, who wrote a book on the topic, "Faith-Rooted Organizing: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World."
This past year, I participated in "Foundations of Christian Leadership," a program sponsored by Duke Divinity School. After this training, I was offered a grant, from the Lilly Endowment, to create a project of my own.
I have a longstanding passion for justice, and Faith Rooted Organizing has appealed to me for a long time. Not only does the process help to work against injustices like racism, it also deepens the connections between members of the community. It has brought me great joy during my time at St. Paul's to see strong lay leaders grow, and live into the Good News through ministry at St. Paul's, and in the community. So, it felt natural to use this grant to help equip the St. Paul's community for service, dialogue, and leadership.
I am excited to welcome Vahisha Hasan, who will be facilitating the workshop. Ms. Hasan works with Transform Network, whose mission is to resource, train, and mobilize people and communities of faith to join what God is already doing in the world, growing transformative church and social justice movements. Ms. Hasan is a faith-rooted organizer working at the intersections of faith, social justice, and mental health. She is a powerful public speaker, transformative facilitator, and social justice trainer, with a deeply prophetic voice and imagination for how faith communities can be an active part of collective liberation. You can read more about her here.
I hope that you will join in this community-building process! If you'd like a copy of the book, you can buy it here at Amazon, or you can ask Erin Morey for a copy.
I also hope you will join us July 28 as we come together to make the world a better place!