An interfaith group of faith-based organizations is forming in the South Bay to help build relationships, cross divides, and organize community support for the most vulnerable in the Bay Area. The group is the Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee and it is a collection of congregations committed to community organizing rooted in the model of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)—the largest and oldest network of faith-based organizations in the US. This local South Bay chapter is holding an assembly to launch its organization on Sunday, June 25th, from 3-5pm at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Campbell (2350 S. Winchester).
Pr. Kris worked with a well-established IAF organization during his time in Boston (the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization) and has seen firsthand the incredible work that such a group of united congregations can do for its community. For an example of the kind of work that these organizations do, take a look at this CBS News report from last year, detailing some of the work that the East Brooklyn IAF organization has been undertaking for decades to increase home ownership and build generational wealth in poor communities.
We’ve been invited to get to know these neighbors at the launch of this organization, and to be a part of building what could become a transformational coalition in this community. Please consider joining Pr. Kris and other members of CGS to learn more about the organization, what they’re planning on doing for our community, and consider if there are ways that we might get involved as a congregation. Carpools are available if you’d like a ride to St. Lucy’s. Come build connections with other people of faith in the South Bay!
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