Isn't it our hope?
That we could come together as a society across the chasm of race and become the 'Beloved Community' that Dr. King imagined?
Isn't it also our hope that faith communities -- of all traditions -- could lead the way?
Join that movement. Become an 'Interwoven Congregation' and share in this ministry of racial healing that begins one partnership at a time.
Depending on the color of one's skin, life in the United States may oscillate between promise and oppression, opportunity and disenfranchisment, hope and despair. Driving our conflicted national experience is the enduring legacy of racism, made freshly visible in the wake of police shootings, disparate health impacts from Covid 19, and protests drawing thousands into the streets.
At this present time, there appears to be a wealth of educational resources -- books, podcasts, Ted Talks, webinars and trainings addressing the question of race in our nation. But there also seems to be a relative scarcity of opportunities for people to meet and engage in a sustained way across the racial divide. Faith communities, with significant exceptions, continue to feature what Dr. King once lamented as "the most segregated hour of the week." It was in response to these realities that we formed Interwoven Congregations, Inc. because we believe that racial healing is a calling for people of faith and that congregations can be effective agents in the movement to confront and dismantle racism in our nation.
Interwoven Congregations supports partnerships between pairs of diverse faith communities. Through these congregational partnerships, members of the partnered communities are able to:
Build Relationships. From the clergy to the members and other attendees, people develop meaningful
connections between congregations and across race through a combination of projects and ongoing events which knit the two congregations together.
Confront the Reality of Racism. Examining and acknowledging the pervasive reality of racism across
our history to our present day is a critical component of the Interwoven Congregations approach. This takes place through small relational group studies, larger educational events and media with the partnered congregations.
Practice Antiracism. Building relationships across race and deepening our understanding of the reality and impacts of racism are necessary, but not sufficient in this work. The partnered congregations also join together to take specific actions to address systemic racism in their communities and the nation at large.
The Executive Board of Interwoven Congregations:
Brother John Anderson
Rev. Charles Booker
Rev. Pat Jackson
Rev. Dr. Paul Smith
The current Board of Directors of Interwoven Congregations includes six 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 affirmed the mission of Interwoven Congregation to organize and support partnerships between diverse faith communities in order to foster racial healing and reconciliation 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 Co-Executive Director. In year 2 of operations, we plan to hire the second Co-Executive Director who will help us move our program forward and ensure that our leadership reflects the diversity inherent in our mission.
Interwoven Congregations is a Maryland nonprofit organization and has applied for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status through the IRS.
Please contact us to:
Learn more about Interwoven Congregations,
Find out more about how your faith community could participate as an Interwoven Congregation,
Recommend an event, podcast or other resource for our 'Additional Resources' page,
Be added to our distribution list for the upcoming Interwoven Quarterly and other special notices.