Organizing for Faith Communities: ABCD Approach

9am – 11am Central | Saturday, March 5, 2022 AND Saturday, March 12

The basic skills of community organizing are skills that many Christians already practice in their lives together. Listening deeply to each other, caring for others, identifying gifts, inviting others to join in the work, and developing partnerships — all these are skills that already inhabit your faith community. ‘Community Organizing’ is the process of engaging those skills intentionally in your neighborhood, outside the walls of your church building, grounded in the Holy Spirit’s guidance to share God’s love with the world.

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Join Rachel Babbitt, Missioner for Community Engagement, for a two-part Zoom workshop to begin the work of organizing in and around your faith community. Participants will encounter the basic skills of asset-based community organizing including interviewing, documentation, asset mapping, networking, and communication. Scriptural stories of transformation provide a foundation for our call to do this work, and Christian practices of discernment and listening inspire and guide organizers today.

This workshop is open to anyone, especially those who serve in ministries of justice or outreach, on vestries or bishop’s committees, and all who feel called to help their faith communities connect with their neighborhoods.

Instructor: Rachel Babbitt, Missioner for Community Engagement

Required reading for Online Course: Articles posted online; other reading material to be distributed to registrants