University of Southern California

Center for Religion & Civic Culture

Putting Faith First: Traditions and Innovations in Organizing within Religious Communities

Apr 27, 2012

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The USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity have released a new report on faith and community organizing.

This report provides a brief overview of several organizing groups that are grappling with the challenges and opportunities of organizing efforts rooted in faith traditions and committed to deepening the relationship of transformational work at the intersection of religion and organizing.

"Putting Faith First: Traditions and Innovations in Organizing within Religious Communities" (April 2012) was adapted from a November 2011 video conference between academics, organizers, and funders interested in exploring faith-rooted organizing. Alexia Salvatierra, founding director of FaithRooted.org, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity organized the conversation.

Sponsors: Alta Starr of the Ford Foundation, Kathy Partridge of Interfaith Funders Network, and Ned Wight of The Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.

Download the report (PDF).