Oblate Voices is a JPIC blog that follows stories of hope and is about how Oblates and associates live and experience mission work in the spirit of the Oblate founder, St Eugene De Mazenod of responding to the needs of poor and most abandoned around the world.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Diverse Organizers Attend National Leadership Training in Washington DC Metro Area

Organizers concerned about injustice gathered in the Washington, DC metro area recently for a 3-day summit with the theme Facing Race & Power. The Summit was organized by the Gamaliel Foundation, an umbrella organization of faith-based and community groups around the country, mostly in California, the Midwest and East Coast. Gamaliel’s mission is empowering ordinary people to effectively participate in the political, environmental, social and economic decisions affecting their lives.

With a heavy focus on criminal justice reform and immigration, affiliates have committed to transform the way they organize, “to address problems not just at the surface level but also to uncover the structures perpetuating the problems and engage in strategies and actions that would dismantle or reform the structures, especially those that perpetuate racism.”

The recent gathering included worship and reflection sessions, plenaries and workshops, and a full day on Capitol Hill attending briefings and meeting with Members of Congress.

The Missionary Oblates of the Midwest are members of the United Congregations of Metro-East, a  group of multiracial pastors and church members committed to combating the root causes of systemic injustice. United Congregations of Metro-East is a Gamaliel network member.

Gamaliel was started over three decades ago - in 1986 - to train community and faith leaders to build political power and create organizations that unite people of diverse faiths and races, who apply their faith and values to the pursuit of equal opportunity for all, shared abundance, and stronger, more prosperous communities.