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Thursday, 04 April 2013 07:49

Illinois Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider 

to join Quad Cities Interfaith

for a Jobs & Transportation

Stakeholders Meeting 

Monday, April 29th, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at
Broadway Presbyterian Church - 710 23rd St. Rock Island, IL.

The Stakeholder's meeting will bring together elected officials, clergy, lay leaders, and concerned community members to hear from Secretary Schneider on the progress of the rail project, to share our work on the "100 Ready Workers" Job Preparedness Campaign, and to find ways that this community and Illinois DOT can work together to create jobs and ensure greater workforce diversity in our region. Lets keep the momentum going!

The One to One Training - Building Relationships to

Strengthen Congregations & Our Community

Saturday, April 20

This One to One training is from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 710 23rd St. Rock Island, IL. Sam Finkelstein of the Gamaliel Foundation will walk us through the most important tool we have in building relationships and our communities: the One to One.

The One to One visit is an intentional, face to face conversation for the purpose of building a relationship, gathering information and understanding what really matters to that person.

This training is to help develop relationships within our organization, our congregations and our community . Bring a team of leaders to learn this essential tools and ways we can put this to use in building key relationships to achieve our goals. This training is free, but registration is required. Call 563.322.4910 to register or for more information. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Rekindling Our Congregations (ROC)

The Fire of Faith Campaign - A Movement to Rekindle Our Congregations!

Quad Cities Interfaith is leading a Fire of Faith campaign for 2013  to support building strong congregations by developing a local Fire of Faith Cohort of 7 congregations that walk together on a year long journey of congregational development and strengthening . Our Cohort includes All Saints Lutheran Church, St. John Vianney, Bettendorf, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Bettendorf, St. Mary's Davenport and the Social Action Office of the Diocese of Davenport and Saint Paul the Apostle, Davenport. 

Through this Cohort QCI is helping lay leaders and clergy assess and identify the needs of their congregation and work to develop leaders to meet their congregation's goals. The ROC Cohort is meeting monthly, will send members to attend the Gamaliel National Clergy Caucus training in April, and preparing teams of leaders to to conduct a Listening Campaign within their congregations this spring and summer.  
Using the arts, attitudes and disciplines of the faith based community organizing, Fire of Faith will strengthen a congregation in ways that are measurable to that congregation. While often it is community issue work that draws and keeps a congregation engaged in QCI, this Fire of Faith process focuses in on what a congregation can do using our tools to build their congregation and make sure they are growing and building community. When congregations are strong , QCI is strong.

Become a Sustaining Donor and Help QCI Reach our Goal of 200 Donors Giving $20.00 a Month!

At last Fall's Fundraising Breakfast QCI kicked off our Sustaining Donor Campaign. QCI's goal is 200 sustaining donors contributing $20 a month.  For the cost of a few pricey lattes, each month you could be helping to support developing local leaders and creating change in our Quad Cities community. A contribution to QCI is an investment in people. Making a monthly sustaining donation is easy and convenient through VANCO services on our website. You are able to make a secure payment using your credit or debit card. Each month you will be charged the same amount and you decide to stop or change your contribution at any time. How easy is that?

Ready to Become a Sustaining Donor?

It’s Simple:

1.) Visit our website at www.qcinterfaith.org
2.) On the top right hand side of the site, click on donate now
3.) You will be taken to a secured website provided by VANCO Services to the Online Donation Page which has our logo. Your contribution will be processed .
Thank you!

QCI Issue Updates

Transportation and Jobs Equity

100 Ready Workers Campaign. Along with continuing our goal of ensuring equitable access to work force hours for minorities, women, low income persons for the rail project through the Community Benefits Agreement, the task force is tackling the issue of job preparedness in our community. This spring the 100 Ready Workers Campaign will kick off  to address preparing more minority, women and low income persons for pre apprenticeship programs and transportation and other jobs in our community. 

The Transportation Task Force and Jobs Readiness Work Group will meet next Thursday, April 11 at 10 am in the community room ( our usual space) at Church of Peace- 1114 12th Street , Rock Island.

The Civil Right for Immigrants A National call In Day on Wednesday April 10th to contact your Congressional representative to move now on just and comprehensive immigration reform.  Immigration meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Harrison Street, Davenport Village Inn.

Community Events

Tuesday, April 9th, 10 a.m
Augustana College Symposium to Explore Social Justice

Dr. Avis Jones- DeWeever, executive director of The National Council of Negro Women, will present in Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave. Rock Island, IL). The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is titled "Life at the Intersection: Black Women and the Politics of Power, Privilege and Persisting Inequality in the Age of Obama."   Quad Cities Interfaith will present about the jobs rail issue at 11: 15am. 

Sunday, April 14 th 4:30 pm - 7:00pm
St. Ambrose University Habitat for Humanity Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser 
Spaghetti Dinner will be held at SAU, 518 W. Locust St. Davenport, in the Rogalski Center Ball Room. SAU Habitat has been advocating, educating, fundraising, and building for Quad-City Habitat for the past 8 years. Each Habitat family works hand in hand with the volunteers to construct not just a house but a home full of hope and support. The proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly toward our financial home sponsorship. The spaghetti dinner starts at 4:30 pm and ends at 7:00 pm. If you have any interest in joining us for this wonderful and fun event contact Megan Van Hoorn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 815-575-4875. Tickets are $6 for one or $10 or two tickets. 

Friday, April 26th 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Third Annual Equal Justice Summit
9 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. at St. Ambrose University. 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, Iowa. 
Registration is required. The cost of this event is $35. Lunch will be provided.
The workshop will go over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Voluntary and Involuntary Conservatorships, Planning for Nursing Home Care and Related Issues, Medicaid eligibility for nursing homes, estate recovery and first-party special needs trust and veteran's benefits. 

Friday, May 10th 2013 12 noon
Cedar Rapids
Postville Immigration Raid- Five Years Later
Join us to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Postville, Iowa, Immigration Raid in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in effort to:

  • Remember the 389 workers who were arrested on May 12, 2008, at Agriprocessor Inc. in Postville, Iowa.

  • To reconcile with those who contributed to the injustices surrounding the Postville Raid.

  • To call for Just, Compassionate, Comprehensive Immigration Reform

12 p.m. Remembrance Ritual
Gather in front of the Federal Court House 
111 7th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

12:30 p.m. Walk For Justice
Immaculate Conception Church 
857 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

1:15 p.m. Interfaith Prayer
For reconciliation and call for reform

2013 Gamaliel National Training.........
Teaching ordinary citizens to unleash the power within themselves

National Clergy/Team Training April 24-26: St. Mary's, Mundelein, IL
Strategic Campaign Training June 10-14: Gallaudet University, Washington DC

July 14-20 National Leadership Training (7-Day): Mundelein, IL

Tuesday, April 9th 2013 at 6:30pm
QCI Leadership Assembly is at the QCI office building in April - 111 E. 3rd Street , Davenport - the Mezzanine level.

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