Over this past church year, Rev. Jen Crow has worked with a dedicated group of lay leaders and our Social Work Intern to restructure and formalize the processes of our Faithful Action Ministry. In particular, the group focused on articulating and systematizing our analysis of race, racism and whiteness in all that we do and on ensuring that as many of our Faithful Action efforts as possible involve all members of the congregation.
Going forward, a newly-created Faithful Action Leadership Council, in partnership with the Racial Justice Leadership Team, the Board of Trustees, the ministers, and the congregation, will set the direction of the faithful action ministries of our church, balancing our efforts for systemic change and serving immediate needs. The Faithful Action Leadership Council will ensure that our guiding principles of racial justice and faithful action inform all that we do.
This work has been a labor of love, informed by our shared experiences, the congregation’s strategic plan, and multiple study groups from year’s past. We believe that our new structure will provide opportunities for shared leadership, deep partnerships with organizations in our community, continued examination and action based on our racial justice learning, and meaningful opportunities for all to be involved.
We are currently accepting applications to join the Faithful Action Leadership Council and anyone interested is encouraged to apply. The application deadline has been extended to July 31, 2015. The group will consist of 12-15 members selected by the co-chairs, and to the best of our ability, the council will consist of people of a variety of ages, genders, family structures, and colors. Council members commit to a two-year term of service, with the option to re-apply for additional terms. New members will be selected every other year.
Responsibilities of the Council include:
- Setting Goals
- Training and toolkit (development, roll-out, support, reflection, and evaluation)
- Responding to Immediate Needs or providing Immediate Witness
- 5-6 Meetings per year, and subgroup working sessions
As the ministerial leadership of our Faithful Action Ministry transitions from Rev. Jen to our Senior Minister, Rev. Justin, in the upcoming church year, we trust that this new structure will offer the transparency, accountability, and meaningful and effective ways to put our faith into action in the world that we long for.
For more details about the Faithful Action Leadership Council, click here.
Applications must be received by Friday, July 31, 2015. If you are interested in applying to be on the Faithful Action Leadership Council, please download and fill out the application and submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31.