Our congregation has been, for two years now, a member of Greater Cleveland Congregations. We make an annual donation that covers our membership fees, but that is only part of the covenant of membership we have with “GCC.” Our commitment includes support the community organizing efforts and work of GCC in Cuyahoga County.
You can learn more about GCC at greaterclevelandcongregations.org. It is a coalition of religious congregations and community organizations in Cuyahoga County—churches, synagogues, and others, who believe that working together we have the power to change our community for the better. The organizing principle is this:
Drawing on the power of person-to-person organizing, we will build the power necessary to create a more just and prosperous community. We will do this through a common prophetic voice of thousands of people to make our concerns heard.
Our commitment to GCC includes supporting “Actions.” These are large gatherings where community officials are invited to attend, and are held accountable to the agenda of GCC to change unjust situations in Cuyahoga County. Some of us were part of a crowd of over 500 on April 24 at the Criminal Justice Action, where County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Michael O’Malley and Administrative /Presiding Judge John Russo were held accountable in their efforts to make real change in the criminal justice system in Cuyahoga County. It was a fascinating meeting where each of these persons was asked to commit to continuing their positive efforts over the next several months.
Part of our commitment as a congregation and member of GCC is to become involved in such actions and other organizing efforts of GCC. Toward that end, we have been invited to be part of GCC minitraining workshops on May 15 and 17 at Forest Hill Church here in Cleveland Heights. These workshops will present the basic principle of “Power and Self-Interest,” and how it is used in the work of GCC. Here are the details:
Tuesday, May 15, 7:00-9:00 pm OR
Thursday, May 17, 7:00-9:00 pm
Both at Forest Hill Church, 3031 Monticello Blvd, Cleveland Heights.
The same training will be offered twice, and is free to GCC members, including us.
We already have five people committed to attending on Thursday, May 17. Please consider attending one of these trainings sessions. Please let me know so I can register you for the training ahead of time. You can email or call me, or the church office. These mini-workshops will be a great introduction to GCC!
Your partner in ministry,