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About "Faith & Community @ Work"


The Beginning

In January of 2000, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a group of Collaborative Partners began discussions about creating an online interactive web based training tool that could be used by beginner to intermediate practitioners of Faith-Based Community Economic Development (CED). The group of Collaborative Partners included: Ten Point Coalition; Black Ministerial Alliance; WEB Du Bois Institute, Harvard University; US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Harvard Divinity School; New Hampshire College; National Center for Faith-Based Initiatives; Fannie Mae; American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts; Bethel AME Church; Beulah Grove Baptist Church; Boston Community Loan Fund; Hyams Foundation; KGM Enterprises; Messiah Baptist Church; Messiah Baptist Jubilee Federal Credit Union; Mount Calvary Holy Church; Mount Moriah Baptist Church; Nation of Islam; National Congress for Community Economic Development; National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; New Covenant Christian Church; New Life AME Zion church; United Christian Financial Services; and United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God.

The discussion about the web based training tool grew out of broader discussions taking place during the planning process for the National Faith Based CED conference which the Collaborative Partners were planning for the Fall. The conference was designed to bring together church leaders, community developers, financial institutions, academia, and government officials to establish a process to foster long-term growth in communities served by faith-based organizations. The Collaborative Partners planned to feature this online tool at the Conference.

Over the course of several months, the project evolved from the idea of a single web-based conference tool to a broader information site on Faith Based CED that could serve as an ongoing resource to faith-based CED practitioners. Fannie Mae and the National Congress for Community Economic Development were engaged as lead partners to work with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to provide project management, funding support, content and information, and hosting and maintenance.

The Purpose

Faith & Community @ Work is designed to address faith-based organizations' involvement in community economic development from a broad faith perspective.

The goals of the site are to:

Highlight key information and knowledge, skills and resources needed for an organization to carry out faith-based community economic development projects;

Provide practitioners of Faith-Based CED with on-line CED related information, access to technical assistance providers, and training tools to assist in implementing CED projects;

Enhance the facilitation and sharing of best practices and expertise in the area of Faith-Based CED.

The Audience

The target audience for Faith & Community at Work is Faith Based CED practitioners, both beginning and intermediate, seeking information on training, or resource information with respect to Faith Based CED.

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