Austin Interfaith ASEC Core Team
Austin Interfaith is a non-partisan, multi-ethnic, multi-issue organization of 43 congregations, public schools, and unions who work together to address public issues that affect the well being of families and neighborhoods in our community. All Saints' Episcopal Church is one of the due-paying members of this organization.
Austin Interfaith is a broad-based citizens' organization committed to promoting justice and democratic values. We work to develop leaders and to provide opportunities for member institutions to negotiate effectively through the political process with local government and community leaders around issues of common concern. Austin Interfaith is strictly non-partisan. Austin Interfaith is one of thirty organizations of the West / Southwest IAF network and one of sixty-five organizations that make up the Industrial Areas Foundation.
Over the past 60 years, organizers, pastors, lay leaders, principals, and parents in IAF organizations have developed a practice of "institutional organizing": using the skills of community organizing to develop leadership, identify issues, reweave relationships, and build the capacity within their institutions to act on issues which affect families.
This process includes one-on-one relational meetings, small group conversations called "house meetings", neighborhood and community walks, and research actions. An organizing process is always connected to the mission of the particular institution, and should be flexible in order to meet the needs of each congregation or school.
Since Austin Interfaith is a learning, or "University of Public Life", action is always followed by reflection, which is an effort to learn from both our successes and mistakes so that development and formation of people remains the center of our work.
To learn more about the Austin Interfaith ASEC Core Team, contact a team member.