Eden Theological Seminary, in partnership with the United Church of Christ Justice & Local Church Ministries announces the establishment of the Center for Lived Faith and Organizing.
The Center, with the support of a generous grant from the Fetzer Institute, will support people of faith engaged deeply in transforming the world through community and cultural organizing grounded in theology and faith.
The Center exists to educate, train, and connect communities with local and regional partners for long-term and sustainable ministry in organizing and justice work. Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker, Assistant Professor of Community Engagement and Contextual Education, Director of Contextual Education, will serve as the founding faculty director. Rev. Dr. Justin Marshall Shamell will serve as the new Relationship Manager and Recruiter of Congregations.
Bolstering Eden’s mission as a school of the church, the Center for Lived Faith and Organizing is part of Eden’s Certificate and Community Learning programs and intends to support congregations, justice seeking community members, clergy, and students.