Interfaith Organizing Initiative (IOI)
What is the Interfaith Organizing Initiative (IOI) Table?
Informed by Congregation-based Community Organizing (CBO, or CBO), the Working Table of the Interfaith Organizing Initiative exists
as a collective effort of committed denominations and religious bodies, congregation-based organizing networks, and funders with
1. deepening the institutional and congregational capacities of our faith traditions to be more powerfully engaged in public life for the
sake of justice and on behalf of all that God is creating; and
2. developing processes and capacities for building power requisite to win on justice issues at the national level
Read the founding statement of the IOI Working Table, and a brief history of early IOI activities and accomplishments.
Check out the IOI Gold Standard to advance congregation based organizing within your faith body.
The IOI is working to equip and encourage denominational leadership teams in the task of deepening the institutional and
congregational capacities of their faith traditions:
• To be more powerfully engaged in public life for the sake of justice and on behalf of all that God is creating
• To strengthen clergy and lay leadership for congregational ministry
• To deepen denominational engagement in congregation-based community organizing
• To envision, shape, and strategize the direction of the IOI
• To deepen relationships among those engaged in the IOI
Faith-body heads & Congregation-Based Organizing Strategic Convenings:
In November 2012, over sixty faith leaders and organizers participated in the launch of Interfaith Funders Building Bridges,
Building Power report
Leaders or their representatives of eight faith traditions gathered in Chicago IL in 2010 at The Lutheran Center to kick off a two-
day training and strategic session for Congregational-based Organizing teams within their judicatories. Link to a report on the
November 2010 event
Over fifty interfaith denominational and CBCO leaders representing ten faith bodies, plus major organizing networks and faith
justice organizations, met in 2007 at the American Baptist College in Nashville, TN for the first convening of Congregation-based
Community Organizing Teams within faith bodies. Link to UUA web report and photo
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