St Patrick’s congregation is one of the founding members of Faith Linking in Action. It is a group of Bangor-area congregations, people of faith and community groups working together to “go upstream” to address the reasons people are falling into and getting stuck in poverty. Participants include most major faith traditions in our region.
Our faith calls us to be FLIA, listening and hearing the cries of our brothers and sisters as we seek:
–to build a community of justice and dignity in the greater Bangor area
–to find and empower leaders and change agents
–to demonstrate the love and mercy of God
–to encourage transforming change in our neighborhoods.
The current issues FLIA is addressing are: Transportation for All with better service through the Community Connector bus service; affordable and accessible Child Care for low-income families; and better access to Jobs for those underemployed or under qualified who have many barriers to overcome.
Contact Mary Ann Perry at FLIA@stpatsbrewer.org for time and location of meetings.
Faith Linking in Action
Two years ago, a dozen congregations including St. Patrick’s joined together and set out to listen to their members and neighbors about their challenges, fears, concerns and dreams. Now, after having researched the concerns we heard, taken action, and reflected on what we learned, we are going back to the start of our cycle—we are gearing up for an August 2016 Listening & Relationship-Building Campaign, a collaborative effort of Faith Linking in Action and Food AND Medicine. YOU are invited to be a part of this effort:
Help Faith Linking in Action to connect with our community, learn about their concerns and identify new leaders and issues.
SAVE THE DATES
Listening Campaign Training & Launch Sessions (come to either–content same both dates)
Thursday , August 4 5:30-8pm Includes Dinner
Monday, August 8 Noon-3pm Includes Lunch
Child Care & rides available
Our Listening Campaign will happen in many places–within congregations, at food pantries and community meals, and through outreach to the many individuals we have made contact with through our issue work over the past year. This Training Will include:
Practice of active listening skills
Overview of goals, tools, and data-collection process for Faith Linking in Action-Food AND Medicine Listening Campaign
Work session to make a plan for where, how and when to connect with and listen to members of your community