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Susan Brouillette / The Case for Why Faith Communities and Community Activism Need and Energize Each Other

Fri 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Venue: Convo Table 05


Type of Experience: Conversation

Content Type: How faith communities and community organizers sustain and support each other

During this session we will consider and discuss how partnering with communities of faith amplifies and boosts community activism and how community organizing efforts breathe new life into faith communities at the same time. We will look at how religious teachings have assisted and continue to assist in bringing energy and persuasiveness to social justice campaigns. We will explore how faith communities not only provide a moral context but also help deepen a sense of community that contribute to their sustainability. The session will spotlight faith-based organizations, some familiar and some not so familiar, that have increased engagement at the federal, state, and local levels and led to greater accessibility to elected officials. We will also consider how faith communities are strengthened and enlivened by their involvement and corporate support of community activism. We will look at faith communities that have experienced growth and a renewed sense of mission working with community organizers. The last 20 minutes of the session will be set aside for participants to share their own observations of successful partnerships well as imagine together the impact more partnerships between faith communities and community organizers could have on moving us closer to a more just and sustainable world.