Congregation-Based Community Organizing (CBCO, also called Faith-Based, Broad-Based, or sometimes Institution-Based) is a movement that seeks to establish inter-faith, cross-class, multi-ethnic and multi-racial grassroots organizations for purposes of increasing social integration and power in civil society and for making civic, regional and state-wide changes for social improvement.
Intervalley Project Organizers Workshop at GA 2014 on Dr. Marshall Ganz's: Story of Self, Story of Us, Story of Now--Creating Public Narratives for as an Organizing Tool
Presenters: Sarah Jane Knoy-Granite State (NH) Organizing Project & Ray Gagne-Rhode Island Organizing Project
See and hear Dr. Richard Wood’s presentation at GA 2013: Building Bridges & Power: Advances in Congregation-Based Organizing
People’s Church of Kalamazoo MI—Winner of 2012 Bennett Award for Congregational Social Justice! Ten years ago, after a Sunday Service, a newcomer asked about the People’s Church social action program and a long-time member answered, “Oh, we don’t do that.” Today, the congregation supports a vibrant social justice ministry, from community organizing and community service, to advocacy at the local, state and national level, and an international partnership. A Standing on the Side of Love banner hangs in the sanctuary and the congregation received a Leadership Award from their interfaith community organization (ISAAC) for their role in securing funding from the city and state for early childhood education, as well as bringing a multi-million dollar grant for the Nurse Family Partnership to Kalamazoo. They also lifted up People’s for bringing an anti-racism focus to ISAAC’s ministry and applauded their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy in the community. Fifty people–adults, youth, and children—regularly help prepare and serve meals at an interfaith weekly program for homeless people. What has changed to make the congregation this year’s recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) social justice award? Read the full story including the action steps and resources the congregation used to strengthen their justice ministries.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
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Audio Recording of GA 2013 Workshop Building Bridges & Power: Advances in Congregation-Based Organizing
Rev. Jill McAllister of People's Church in Kalamazoo, MI, 2012 UUA Justice Award winner, at a 2011 ISAAC event
Story of Self, Us & Now Workshop Slides (PDF, 20 pages)
New Report! Building Bridges, Building Power: Developments in Institution-Based Community Organizing (PDF, 34 pages)
Interfaith Funders: Building Bridges, Building Power (Powerpoint)
Interfaith Funders: State of the Field
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First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, IA: 'Job training program offers hope to jobless'
150 UUs from N VA: 'Interfaith group seeks help from banks in housing crisis'
UU Funding Panel Matching Grants for Congregational Dues and Trainings in CBCO!
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