We stay with congregations because we grew up there.
We join congregations because we want to be part of a community of shared values.
We join congregations because we want a closer walk with the Divine.
Congregation-Based Community Organizing takes all three of these reasons seriously. And we know that many of us want these motivations to have an impact beyond the walls of our sacred spaces. In fact, believe that sacredness is not bound by these walls. We believe that the sacredness of our worshiping communities is richer when we engage with our communities and ensure that our values are lived out in the wider world.
What is it about your congregation that feeds your soul - and your desire for a more just and equitable community?
MCU is a membership organization made up of congregations, institutional members and individual members who trust that our spiritual lives feed our desire for justice. We have learned that the struggle for justice requires deep relationships of challenge and support.
What can that look like for you and your congregations?
The key to great relationships within any congregation is listening deeply to the experiences of our members and attenders. MCU leaders and organizers can work with you to design a program for hearing what’s most important to your congregation and its ministries. Are the right people in the right roles? Are you ready to let some ministries go so that you can build new ones? These can be difficult discussions - and they can bring life and purpose to how you live out your faith together.
In a similar way, many of our congregations want to be more relevant to our immediate neighborhoods. How do we find the “sweet spots” of connection?
Once we are connected, we can see the need for addressing larger systems of oppression and liberation! MCU has been key to raising the age so that 17 year olds are treated as juvenilles not adults, getting lead out of school drinking water, raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid, ensure racial equity in hiring and contracting and many others. What would it do for you and your congregation to be part of the next big efforts?
In everything we do together as MCU, we’re always considering how each of us can answer our deepest calling. Leadership Development allows us to face the voices planted within us to make us “play small” rather than to show up fully and faithfully. MCU leaders and organizers can work with you and your team to look in the mirror of our own potential. Check out our national network, Gamaliel, to learn more about resources, and consider bringing elements to your congregation or group of congregations.