Faith-Based Organizing: A Congregational Planning Resource for Addressing Poverty

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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Charles Fredrickson, a pastor in the ELCA, has served diverse communities here and abroad, has an education in international studies, and was involved in community organizing.

Violetta Lien, PhD in education, worked with teachers who served in low-income school districts and has studied and led classes in the culture of poverty.

Mary Lou Walther has spent her career in administration and educational leadership.


"This book is a thorough and comprehensive description of a program in which I participated as a congregational pastor. Moving beyond pure theory, this book shows the experienced reality of faith-based organizing. The coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil, and racial strife since this experiment only serve to show how much more necessary is the need to end poverty in America. Faith-Based Organizing shows interested congregations everything they need to know to start." --Paul R. Ziese, Lutheran Co-founder of Interfaith Community Action Network of San Antonio

"As churches reimagine what it means to be faithful amidst the challenges of a rapidly changing world, this is a timely book for congregations that want to be agents of the transforming power of the Spirit in their communities. It adapts and theologically grounds the arts and practices of community organizing for congregations who want to move from charity to addressing the root causes of poverty through relationship building and deep listening. This book provides a practical process and resources for congregations that can lead to social change and spiritual renewal." --Raymond Pickett, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

"This book is an excellent resource that applies theology to mobilize congregations beyond charity and liturgy towards community relevance and advocacy. The authors have provided a spiritual and practical playbook that will improve the quality of life for all residents by addressing systemic and institutional structures that perpetuate poverty. This is a very helpful "how to" resource for allied and/or privileged congregations that are well intended to do liberating work with poor people and people of color, but struggle with getting started and achieving results." --Mark Washington, city manager and African Methodist Episcopal Church minister