At its February meeting, the Faithful Action Leadership Council (FALC) identified seven community organizations – each of which shares First Universalist’s mission and values – as official Faithful Action Partners for the 2016-17 church year. First Universalist and congregants will have opportunities to work with these organizations on direct service and advocacy throughout the year.
The seven organizations selected as Partners for 2016-2017 are: Augsburg Fairview Academy, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, EMERGE, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Project for Pride in Living, Simpson Housing Services, and Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity.
This is the first time that a formal process was developed and used to select partnerships. The process began in November, and FALC reviewed applications in February using a racial justice lens. Each applicant was evaluated for stability, results, and leadership; the kinds of opportunities available for volunteers in direct service and advocacy; and for the experiences and level of engagement by our church members.
Community partner organizations will receive training, evaluation, and spiritual reflection tools from FALC. Additionally, the church will support the partnership through volunteers, publicity, and use of the building for events and meetings.
The decision to focus our faithful action work on official partnerships grew out of a desire for greater effectiveness and impact through alignment with successful organizations. If you are interested in learning more about an organization or opportunities to volunteer, please visit our Partnerships page.
Organizations and team leads:
Augsburg Fairview Academy: Joan Patterson and Cindy Marsh
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: Peg Mitchell and Dave Caccamo
Emerge: Hal Schroer and Marjorie Herdes
Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light: Mark Bohnhorst and Stan Sattinger
Project for Pride in Living: Mary Novak
Simpson Housing Services: Geoff Lenox
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity: Geoff Lenox and Joan Naymark