It's a call for our time.
Racism continues to hold a grip on our nation. We see this enduring reality through the widening wealth gap between blacks and whites; disparate health impacts for African Americans from Covid 19, child birth, and climate change; and the treatment of people of color in the criminal justice system – to name just a few examples. Over the centuries, white faith communities have been deeply complicit in this story of oppression. But we believe there’s a stirring among people of faith, a hunger, for racial justice and healing. Many just aren’t sure how to go about it and could use a partner along the way.
How we Work
The mission of Interwoven Congregations is to help faith communities in the U.S. become agents for racial justice and healing -- within their congregations, in their community, and across society at large. Understanding that white people bear the primary responsibility in uprooting racism, our strategy is to first engage with individual white faith communities about the realities of racism and then second equip those congregations to take action to promote racial equity and healing -- including, as appropriate, thru partnerships with faith communities of different racial compositions.
Interwoven Congregations' role is to encourage and offer guidance to congregations, help them be accountable for their own antiracism goals, and then learn ourselves along the way. But it is the congregations themselves that will carry this work forward. In that context, Interwoven Congregations supports faith communities as they:
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Sometimes life intrudes. So we are pausing our series with a special issue concerning the situation in Israel-Palestine. Please join us for a personal, heartfelt conversation with Rev. Sari Ateek (a native of Palestine) and Rabbi Abbi Sharofsky.
The Governing Board of Interwoven Congregations:
Brother John Anderson
The Governing Board of Directors of Interwoven Congregations includes five people who are passionate about social justice and the role faith communities can play in addressing racism. The Board members first convened in February 2020 and affirms the mission of Interwoven Congregation to help faith communities become agents of racial justice and healing in the United States.
We our honored to have Ambassador Andrew Young and other leading voices serve on the Interwoven Congregations Advisory Board.
Rev. Pat Jackson serves as the Executive Director of Interwoven Congregations.
Interwoven Congregations is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
Please contact us to:
Find out more about how your faith community could participate as an Interwoven Congregation.
Subscribe to Interwoven Congregations Quarterly (free), a journal designed to encourage, challenge and sustain you in your work for racial justice and healing.
Receive the Congregational Antiracism Quotient Survey to help your faith community gauge where you are in your antiracism journey today and what your next steps might be.