US Faith-Based Community Organizing
In the United States, Oblates around the country are involved in Faith-based Community Organizing – a congregation based, activist organizing tool to bring about social and economic justice.
As a congregation, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate is a member of Interfaith Funders (IF). This is a network of nine faith-based and two secular grant makers committed to social change and economic justice. Learn more…
Oblates have been active supporters of faith based community organizing (FBCO) for nearly thirty years. We continue to see it as a tangible and practical way to implement Catholic Social teaching and to work for justice in local communities. A number of Oblates and oblate institutions are actively involved in local faith based community organizing projects in their areas.
Faith-Based Community Organizing (FBCO) is a movement working to establish inter-faith, cross class, multi-ethnic and multi-racial grassroots organizations in order to improve social and economic conditions. FBCO groups see one of their primary roles as the development of participants’ leadership skills. A strong web of relationships built among congregations and with other institutions helps participants to pressure decision-makers at the city, regional and national levels to make needed changes.
Specific Oblate involvement in FBCO includes:
- PACT: People Acting for Community Together (Miami-Dade County, FL)
- Merrimack Valley Project (Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts)
- One LA – IAF (Pacoima, California)
- WIN (Washington, DC)
- Valley Interfaith (Brownsville Texas)
- The Metropolitan Organization (Houston)
- The Border Organization (Del Rio, TX)
Most FBCO groups are affiliated with one of the regional or national training networks of FBCO:
- Pacific Institute for Community organizing (PICO)
- Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF)
- Gamaliel Foundation
- Direct Action and Training Research Center (DART)
- InterValley Project
- The Organizing Leadership and Training Center