Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

Over 40 diverse multi-faith faith communities and allied institutions throughout Greater Hartford organizing together for justice!

In 2016, the Christian Activities Council (now the Center for Leadership and Justice, CLJ) extended invitations to houses of faith throughout Greater Hartford to explore establishing a broad based social justice initiative for churches, synagogues, mosques, and meeting houses.  The goal was to build a diverse organization of lay leaders and clergy from across bounds of race, class, gender identity, religion and geography to build relational power to address social justice issues in local communities and beyond.

After three years of building relationships and learning about the history and practice of faith-based community organizing, this group of diverse faith communities and allied institutions officially launched the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA) on October 28, 2019.

GHIAA’s Current Action Campaigns

GHIAA’s interfaith members will identify specific social justice issues to work on together using the process and principles of broad-based organizing. We will work on issues for which there is common ground theologically; we do not work on issues that divide us doctrinally or otherwise.  Once the issues have been identified, GHIAA core team members will form action research teams and launch actionable campaigns.

Each congregation that is involved in GHIAA will form a trained core team of lay leaders. Core team leaders will go through a minimum of 12 hours of leadership training provided by the professional organizers of GHIAA.  These leaders, along with the core teams from all of the other participating congregations, make up the strategy and governance teams of GHIAA.

The role of the core team is to engage in individual meetings in each congregation, host house meetings to learn of congregants’ social justice concerns, participate with other GHIAA members in determining the organizational priorities, keep their congregation informed of the movement and work of GHIAA, and represent the congregation during key decisions. The core team is the communication link between the member congregations and GHIAA.

The clergy will have the option of being part of a clergy caucus that provides leadership, insight, guidance, and evaluation of the activities of GHIAA.

  1. Allen Chapel AME Church, Hartford
  2. Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford
  3. B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom/Neshama Center, Bloomfield
  4. Beth Shalom B’nai Israel, Manchester
  5. Center Church, Hartford
  6. Center for Leadership and Justice
  7. Collaborative Center for Justice (Catholic)
  8. Concordia Lutheran Church, Manchester
  9. Congregation Beth Israel, West Hartford
  10. Congregational Church in South Glastonbury
  11. Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford
  12. Faith Lutheran Church, East Hartford
  13. Faith Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Hartford
  14. First Church of Christ, Simsbury
  15. First Church of Christ, West Hartford
  16. Flagg Road United Church of Christ, West Hartford
  17. Grace Lutheran Church, Hartford
  18. Hartford Friends Meeting (Quakers), West Hartford
  19. Immanuel Congregational Church, Hartford
  20. Islamic Association of Greater Hartford (Berlin Mosque)
  21. Ministerio Nueva Creación/ New Creation Ministry, Manchester
  22. New Antioch Missionary Baptist, Hartford
  23. New Covenant United Methodist Church, East Hartford
  24. North End Power Team
  25. North United Methodist Church, Hartford
  26. Riverfront Family Church, Hartford
  27. Saint Monica’s Episcopal Church, Hartford
  28. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Simsbury
  29. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Manchester
  30. The Muslim Coalition, Bloomfield
  31. Unitarian Society of Hartford
  32. Unitarian Universalist Society: East, Manchester
  33. United Methodist Church, West Hartford
  34. Urban Hope Refuge Church, Hartford
  35. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hartford

To help support this imperative ground-breaking work, please consider making a financial donation by clicking the button below, or contacting Michelle Roberts at 860-527-9860.

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