FIscal sponsorship program

Projects at Transform

 
 

Transform is able to offer it’s 501(c)3 status through our fiscal sponsorship program to innovative and justice ministries oriented to our mission that are small and emerging.

This action lives out the value that we hold that social change and community organizing are expressions of God’s work and will. By providing the infrastructure for fundraising and administration, emerging ministries are able to build their capacity and scale up their impact. 

Keep scrolling to learn more about the current projects being sponsored by Transform.

 
 

Faith 4 Justice

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.

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, NC, 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
 

Movement in Faith

Through authentic connection and direct action, Movement In Faith strives to support communities of faith in identifying their intersection of faith and social justice and be a positive faith presence in justice work.

The current justice movement is a people’s movement, and it will take the faith community actively organizing and mobilizing with marginalized communities. Movement In Faith will provide training, organizing, infrastructure, resources, and long-term support for faith community-led efforts in justice work. This would be a people’s model that affirms the people’s power to self-actualize. Faith leaders are welcome to participate but the movement would largely come from members of the faith community that have skills, passions, and talents that are essential in furthering justice work in America. This is Kingdom building for justice work.

Short-term goals include assisting faith communities in finding themselves in justice movement and designing active methods to organize, mobilize, resist, impact policy, and begin to self-determine resources.

So often faith communities are immobilized by aspects of justice that they perceive as being at odds with their faith, but faith can actually inform their place and role in justice work.

Mid-range goals include connecting faith communities to established people and organizations already doing great work in their identified areas of social change and/or creating and sustaining infrastructure for new or customized approaches to social change.

Long-range goals include broadening the faith community’s concept of community through authentic connection and direct action. Organizing and mobilizing with community members outside of their faith tradition or house of faith will produce authentic connections and forge lasting community by being human and vulnerable and together in direct action. This will make it harder for division to be used by institutions that seek to maintain oppressive power.

 

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