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The Worker Center HandbookA Practical Guide for Starting and Building the New Labor Movement$
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Kim Bobo and Marien Casillas Pabellon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704475

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704475.001.0001

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Working with Faith Communities

Working with Faith Communities

(p.124) 15 Working with Faith Communities
The Worker Center Handbook

Kim Bobo

Marién Casillas Pabellón

Cornell University Press

This chapter offers guidelines for working with faith communities. Some worker centers emerged directly from religious congregations or were formed by interfaith groups. For example, the Southside Worker Center in Tucson was established in 2006 by Southside Presbyterian Church as one of its social justice ministries, while Casa de Maryland began operating out of Takoma Park Presbyterian Church in Takoma Park, Maryland, in 1983, before it officially incorporated in 1985. The Arise Chicago worker center emerged out of an interfaith group, originally called the Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues and now called Arise Chicago. This chapter discusses the reasons why many within the faith community want to help establish and partner with a worker center and why worker centers usually want to partner and work closely with faith communities. It also considers some of the barriers to partnerships between the faith community and worker centers and presents real-life partnership examples. Finally, it makes suggestions on how worker centers can get started and how they can deepen and expand their engagement with the faith community.

Keywords:   faith communities, worker center, religious congregations, interfaith groups, Southside Worker Center, Southside Presbyterian Church, Casa de Maryland, Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, Arise Chicago, partnership

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