By the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity
As the world of organizing shifts towards a more "transformational" model that connects with the soul of organizers and the soul of the nation, faith-rooted organizing offers a deep way to engage people of faith in social movement organizing.
"Putting Faith First: Traditions and Innovations in Organizing within Religious Communities" provides a brief overview of the experience of nine organizers throughout the nation. They are finding that this innovative model of organizing touches a broader spectrum of leaders, leads people to bold and sustained engagement, and enables people of faith to focus on racial, economic, and immigrant justice. In this report, organizers, funders, and researchers discuss challenges like working with the secular left, funding, and the need for more research. They also lift up opportunities including building transformational alliances that can connect mainstream America with social movements for justice.
The conversation captured in "Putting Faith First" was not initially intended to be made widely available, but the conveners felt the rich content deserved documentation. Compiled by the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, the report offers an important glimpse into the possibilities of how faith-rooted organizing can help strengthen faith communities, their civic engagement efforts, and broader movements for change.