The United Covenant Union
"It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity."
Theology of Change
The United Covenant Union believes that food insecurity, chronically low wages, and a decline in congregational life are interrelated problems that spur social division, strain the capacity of our democracy to function, and offend call of the prophet Micah to "love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with your God."
Our mantra is that the breadline is the new shop floor. Increasingly people are working informally (paid in cash, not on the books) because of low demand for other employment. These informal workers lack protections and financial security, and often rely on food banks to supplement their needs of their families.
The United Covenant Union employs congregation-based community organizing techniques in order to train clergy in rural and urban communities to organize the informal and underpaid workers who patronize their food banks to develop peer-led solutions to hunger and wage theft by forming a congregational unit.
Scripture (Exodus 18:22-23 and Luke 9:14) teach that the best way to combat injustice is to develop leadership among the ranks of those most directly affected so that they can act with agency in public life.
The United Covenant Union is particularly focused on working in the following areas:
The Organizing Process
The work of community organizing is about building people-power, so that those with the short end of the stick can have the agency to hold employers, landlords, local government and social service agencies accountable to the communities they serve.
Each of our clergy covenant unions and congregational units will follow the same process to build their power:
1) Membership Drive
2) Listening Campaign (strategic network of relational meetings)
3) Research Action (cut the problem into an actionable issue)
4) Public Action (hold the stakeholder accountable)
5) Start Over!
In The United Covenant Union, we treat this process as a prayer discipline, for every action to bring God's justice is a prayer!