Faith 4 Justice is a coalition of ecumenical and multi-faith clergy and faith leaders provoking justice for black and brown bodied people through discernment, advocacy, capacity building for racial equity, and providing a ministry of presence with impacted communities.
Our vision is that racial inequity in Asheville and western North Carolina congregations is reduced in five years and clergy and faith leaders consistently provide a moral witness and presence against injustice and oppression in our communities.
In the 21st Century, there has been minimal response internally or externally from faith communities in response to excessive force and state sanctioned violence against black and brown bodied persons, their communities, and within predominately white faith institutions. Faith 4 Justice in Asheville seeks to increase engagement of clergy and faith leaders in black centered social justice initiatives. We strengthen faith community participation in a range of organizing efforts from providing a ministry of presence at locally black-led organized actions, equipping congregations to offer internal training in dismantling structural racism, to strategically speaking truth to systems of power in Asheville, beginning with our churches.
What we do
• Build shared language and analysis of structural oppression in our ecumenical and inter-faith communities
• Strengthen the practice of faith centered reflection that leads to actively dismantling structural oppression in our faith institutions
• Center black leadership and black communities in the ministries and missions of our faith institutions
• Build collective faith-based strategies that support black-led community initiatives that address state sanctioned violence
• Share justice centered resources and tools to build clergy's capacity in engaging social justice practices in pastoral ministry
Faith 4 Justice in Asheville meets 2nd Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each month and rotates between participating churches and organizations. Together we build shared language and analysis, reflect, discern and act to dismantle racism in our respective faith institutions.
We also support black and brown led community actions by providing a ministry of presence and engaging in our roles for social change.
This collective body of faith leaders observes a praxis of racial equity and racial reconciliation that center's black bodied people and the justice issues that intersect with Latinx, LGBTQIA, immigrant, formerly incarcerated, and other communities.