Friday, February 1, 2008
A Christian Role in Community Organizing
I have recently been approached about participating in a congregation based community organizing effort. This is connected to the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF). They conduct listening campaigns to find out what things a community would like to see changed, then organize the community to put the right kind of pressure on the powers that be to effect that change. I participated in an IAF group in Durham, NC. They were effective at holding elected officials accountable, and putting pressure on them to work towards things like safer parks, after-school programs, etc. It is an interfaith model that encourages congregations of different faiths to unite in causes without addressing theological similarities or differences.
1) Is this something Christian churches should seek to participate in? I think it may be.
2) What kinds of community changes might a wealthy suburban bedroom community made up people who consider themselves to fairly powerful and well-off work towards?
Posted by Eric Helms at 8:51 PM