Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty
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Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty  -     By: Charles Fredrickson, Violetta Lien, Herbert E. Palmer, Mary Lou Walther

Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty

Fortress Press / 2021 / Paperback

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Title: Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty
By: Charles Fredrickson, Violetta Lien, Herbert E. Palmer, Mary Lou Walther
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 227
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2021
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
Weight: 11 ounces
ISBN: 1506470157
ISBN-13: 9781506470153
Stock No: WW470159

Publisher's Description

Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty was prepared specifically for pastors and lay leaders who want to invite their whole congregations to engage in faith-based community organizing to address poverty and its root causes. This practical resource will help them grow in their understanding and motivate them into action. It will also be useful for denominational and judicatory leaders who feel called to lead the church in mission.

The authors share the fruits of what they discovered--through both their successes and errors--about community life inside and outside the church. They make a strong case that people of faith can address and overcome poverty, because they have what is needed to do so. They identify the available resources in the local church and offer tools for building relationships with leaders in a local community where there are people in poverty. They invite congregations to initiate local partnerships that include a congregation, people in poverty, and community leaders to advocate for change that can overcome poverty.

This book presents a faith-based effort seeking to identify what sustains poverty and to organize people to work together to overcome its root causes. The result is collaborative relationships that change systems contributing to poverty. Within this process, new leadership will emerge, relationships will be enriched, and congregations will experience renewed love for people by undergoing transformation.

Includes helpful information on racism and the culture of poverty, as well as numerous forms and activities that can be used by local congregations and planning teams.

Author Bio

Charles Fredrickson, a pastor in the ELCA, has served diverse communities here and abroad, has an education in international studies, and was involved in community organizing.

Violetta Lien, PhD in education, worked with teachers who served in low-income school districts and has studied and led classes in the culture of poverty.

Herbert E. Palmer, a pastor in the ELCA, has served congregations in a variety of communities meeting the challenges of being a public church. He has studied and participated in community organizing and served on the Texas Impact Board for over thirty years.

Mary Lou Walther has spent her career in administration and educational leadership.

Editorial Reviews

"This book is a thorough and comprehensive description of a program in which I participated as a congregational pastor. Moving beyond pure theory, this book shows the experienced reality of faith-based organizing. The coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, and racial strife since this experiment only serve to show how much more necessary is the need to end poverty in America. Faith-Based Organizing shows interested congregations everything they need to know to start." --Paul R. Ziese, Lutheran Co-founder of Interfaith Community Action Network of San Antonio

"As churches reimagine what it means to be faithful amidst the challenges of a rapidly changing world, this is a timely book for congregations that want to be agents of the transforming power of the Spirit in their communities. It adapts and theologically grounds the arts and practices of community organizing for congregations who want to move from charity to addressing the root causes of poverty through relationship building and deep listening. This book provides a practical process and resources for congregations that can lead to social change and spiritual renewal." --Raymond Pickett, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

"This book is an excellent resource that applies theology to mobilize congregations beyond charity and liturgy towards community relevance and advocacy. The authors have provided a spiritual and practical playbook that will improve the quality of life for all residents by addressing systemic and institutional structures that perpetuate poverty. This is a very helpful "how to" resource for allied and/or privileged congregations that are well intended to do liberating work with poor people and people of color, but struggle with getting started and achieving results." --Mark Washington, city manager and African Methodist Episcopal Church minister

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