Creating a Community with Justice for All
The vision of Placer People of Faith Together, a multi-faith organization, is to empower people of faith to build community—particularly across the dividing lines of class, race, and religious background, to assist civic leaders in developing and implementing solutions to urgent community needs.
What is Faith-Based Community Organizing?
Faith-Based Community Organizing (FBCO) is a method of building relationships across faith differences, throughout a community, to address the problems and concerns affecting the health and well being of their communities.. FBCO organizations unite around common values instead of around dogma. There are now more than 180 FBCO's in the US, South Africa, England, Germany, and other nations.
There are many paths to a more just world, and faith-based community organizing is one of them. Other paths include direct service, in which people respond to the immediate and often urgent physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others. Another path is advocacy or activism, where people act and speak on behalf of others who are suffering from great injustices and social ills.
Our path as Placer People of Faith Together calls us to create more justice in our communities. At the core, it involves working with individuals as well as the faith and nonprofit community sector, to build leadership among those most affected by systemic problems. For many of us, this struggle for justice is rooted in our faiths.
At the center of this model of faith-based community organizing is a belief in the potential for transformation – of people, institutions, and our larger culture. This belief stems directly from our roots in our diverse faith traditions, which affirms our humanity and interdependence.
Placer People of Faith Together relates to public officials, to community members, and to one another in relationship, knowing that what affects one part of our community, affects us all.