Or Shalom's current social justice initiative started at the beginning of 2017 with a listening campaign, overseen by Faith in Action Bay Area. After hearing from as many congregants as possible, three teams have started to form: Pursuing Justice, Environmental Action and Preserving the Social Safety Net. These groups are currently working on ways for Or Shalom to get more involved in the fights for universal healthcare, immigrant rights and a more sustainable future. 

Monthly tikkun olam work at Or shalom

The Votes are in!

Sunday, March 19, more than 70 (!!) Or Shalomers gathered to learn about the results of two months of deep listening sessions.  We were able to summarize the concerns and themes that came up in nearly two dozen listening sessions reaching well over 100 of our members. The organizing team put together an amazing piece of "readers theater" to share this information and we have clips that can be viewed on our Facebook page, here and here, or down below!

As promised, we voted on our priorities and narrowed our scope down to three areas of focus: Combating HatredPreserving the Social Safety Net, and Climate Change.  Our voting captured not only the top priorities for the     people present, but also where they would be willing to devote time and effort.  If we all show up for the time we set as an intention on Sunday, Or Shalomers will be giving 374 hours per month to these areas.  Just imagine what we can accomplish!!!!


Or Shalom’s mission statement describes a community united in the desire to support one another and mend the world. Our Listening Campaign addresses both these ambitions. Fot the the next upcoming session, please visit the OS calendar.

Goals of the Listening Groups phase of the campaign:
• Strengthen relationships among individual members in Or Shalom
• Discover common concerns and experiences with systemic issues that affect our community, the broader city, state and nation and lead us to action

How we are conducting this phase:
• Hold facilitated conversations during January and February, aimed at hearing each other’s concerns, connecting to each other, and identifying common themes
• Include students from 6th grade up and a broad segment of adults in the community
• Keep the community updated in Or Shalom’s weekly bulletin

Next Steps:
• Summaries, themes and examples of our concerns will be shared at a communitywide Or Shalom meeting in March
• The community will choose specific themes we want to research
• A smaller group will report back research results, with suggestions for actions at the June annual membership meeting

Intended Outcomes:
• Strengthened relationships and a stronger Or Shalom community
• United commitment to specific social action with high support and involvement from members
• Increased social action beyond these specific initiatives that result from our strengthened connections and community

Where did this model come from?:
Faith in Action provided us with this model of congregation-based community organizing, along with ongoing guidance. Faith in Action is a network of faith groups committed to upholding the dignity of all members of our community, and is part of the national organization People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO).

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