Faith In/And Democracy was first established in 2019 as a pilot funding and learning initiative led by Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) to explore the ways faith and faith communities can support democracy and civic life. When the project launched, Kristen Cambell, PACE’s Executive Director said: “With this project, we hope to uncover the power and potential of faith communities to ease the divisions that plague our political, civic, and social processes. At this decisive time for our democracy, we were humbled to learn about the depth and breadth of work happening at this important intersection, and are thrilled to amplify a piece of it through this effort.” As we enter a second year of this initiative, those words carry even more significance.
Over the last two years, this project awarded 11 grants across two cohorts of leaders. Each organization received a grant from PACE (approximately $50,000 each) and engaged in a year-long Learning Community to grow their skills and expand their networks. Over the 2020-2021 year, the Learning Community will seek to understand how faith communities are viable sites to help people build relationships and work with people who come from different racial, religious, cultural and/or political backgrounds and perspectives.
A brief description of the organizations engaged in this initiative can be found below.
2019 – 2020 Projects (Pilot Year)Faith In Indiana ISAIAH Neighborly Faith Inc. Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy Wisconsin Council of Churches
2020 – 2021 ProjectsAmerica Indivisible Chicago Theological Seminary Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition Faith in Action Alabama NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fe One America Movement
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