On behalf of the Summit Interfaith Council Anti-Racism Committee, I am writing to invite you to a Community Organizing Workshop on December 15, 2018, 8:30 AM – 1PM, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 587 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ.
We are thrilled that the Rev. Erika Williams will be providing the training. She is the National Social Justice Organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, where she has successfully organized tens of thousands of people in marches and other nonviolent actions around the country. Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Rev. Williams works hand and hand with the Rev. Dr. William Barber, recent McArthur Foundation award recipient and one of the country’s best-known public advocates fighting racism and poverty.
The goals of the workshop are to:
- Develop a shared understanding of racial equity so individual, community and institutional decision makers view everything they do through a racial equity lens.
- Equip Summit residents to participate in institutional power structures.
- Build relationships between and among individuals and community groups to maximize their collective power and move toward a commitment to working together.
- Learn how to organize people with untapped power.
The Summit Interfaith Council, a coalition of leadership of the religious communities of Summit, exists to “seek the welfare of the city (Jeremiah 29:7).” We recognize our common spiritual ground while celebrating the diversity of our traditions. We seek to foster mutual understanding and respect; to include all religious perspectives; to exercise stewardship through communication and the coordination of our resources; and to encourage dialogue in order to appreciate the unique contributions of various perspectives.
The Council’s Anti-Racism Committee strives to raise awareness of racism, to combat oppression and to create a more inclusive, whole and just community.
We hope you will be able to join us. Please RSVP to Ellen Boylan, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than November 23rd, about whether or not you will attend the workshop.
The Rev. Gladys G. Moore
Chair, Summit Interfaith Council