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|Quad City Interfaith January Newsletter|
|News Releases - Not-for-Profit News|
|Written by QC Interfaith|
|Tuesday, 22 January 2013 16:08|
Happy New Year!
In October of 2012, QCI kicked off the Fire of Faith Campaign - Rekindling Congregations, Democracy, and the Economy campaign. Fire of Faith is a three-year campaign that will strengthen member congregations and institutions, increase participation in democracy, and move one million people into jobs and increase economic dignity. Our faith traditions teach us that loving our neighbor cannot be just a sentiment- we must help to shape a world we can be proud to leave to our grandchildren. "Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Amos 5:24)
What's New at QCI
Quad Cities Interfaith is leading a Fire of Faith campaign for 2013, developing a local Fire of Faith Cohort of 6-7 congregations that walk together on a year long journey of congregational development and strengthening . Through this Cohort QCI will help lay leaders and clergy assess and identify the needs of a congregation and work to develop leaders for the congregation's ministries. The FOF Cohort will meet and receive training, intensive technical assistance and mentoring . This cohort of congregations will journey together, but each member congregation in the cohort will develop and work on their individual plans.
Please Consider Becoming a Sustaining Donor!
We are trying to diversify our funding. To do this, the breakfast kicked off the individual sustaining donor campaign. The goal is to get 200 individuals donating at least $20 a month. Any contributions to Quad Cities Interfaith are an investment in the work for justice in our community. Your tax-deductible donation is essential to our future and the work for justice. Making a monthly (or an annual) 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. Sustaining donors make an on-going contribution. Each month or year you will be charged the same amount. You can also decide to stop or change your contribution at any time.
Ready to Become a Sustaining Donor?
It’s Simple with these Step by Step Instructions
Transportation and Jobs Equity
As part of Gamaliel of Illinois, the task force is working to secure a State wide Project Labor Agreement (PLA) from the contractors,unions and Illinois Department of Transportation that will include requirements for diversity in the work force on all transportation projects in Illinois. The Task Force is also looking to build a local monitoring committee in early 2013, that will hold accountable IL DOT on the Community Benefits Agreement principles it agreed to for the passenger rail project coming to the Quad Cities. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 10 am at Church of Peace- 12th and 12th in Rock Island. Join us! For information, please contact QCI.
Imagine this situation: Your six-year-old child has a fever and a sore throat. You’re worried, so you take him to the doctor. You say, “I notice he talks little. Little by little and he has difficulty eating and swallowing.” The doctor asks you, “Does he have a sore throat?” Pretty straightforward, right?
But now imagine the same situation when your first language isn't English, and you have to bring someone, in this case a family friend, to interpret for you, and this is how the friend translates what you told the doctor: “She says he is talking like, like lazy, whatever he says all the time, and plus he is not eating at all.” Then, when the doctor asks about the sore throat, your no doubt well-meaning friend keeps interrupting and doesn't let you answer the question.
Our next meeting is in Tuesday, February 19th at 4:30pm at the QCI office -111 E. 3rd Street Davenport Suite 423. We will be refining our plans for 2013. Please join us. We hope to have at least one representative from every congregational member of QCI as we address the challenges of improving health equity in the Quad Cities! If your congregation would like more information, please contact QCI at 563.322.4910.
On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation for a 2 pm community celebration of Ron Quay, who passed away in December. Rev. Quay was dedicated to social justice and the area is a more just community because of his work.
2013 Gamaliel National Training.........
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