Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization (ICO)?
Why is the UU Church of Long Beach a member?
The Interfaith Community Organization (ICO) is composed of a number of congregations from across Long Beach that have come together in pursuit of justice for all residents of our community, something our church is deeply committed to. Through leadership training and congregation-based organizing, ICO works to revitalize democracy by engaging, educating and organizing people to act on their faith values.
Our congregation, a founding member of ICO, which was established in 1999 as an affiliate of the PICO National Network (People Improving Communities through Organizing). Individual member congregations have worked on a variety of issues of local concern, including traffic problems, street lighting, crime, sanitation and youth activities. Congregations have also worked together on issues of shared concern including air quality, access to health care, shelter for the homeless and the need for affordable housing. Our congregation has taken important leadership in these last two areas
As a result, our congregation has been and continues to be heavily involved in the following efforts:
Right now, our LOC is heavily engaged in efforts to implement the City’s Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness by inspiring congregations in all nine Council districts to support at least one initiative suggested by that Plan.
South Coast Interfaith Council (SCIC)
The SCIC is the oldest and largest interfaith council in Southern California. In 1953 the council was first established as an ecumenical council – meaning that it was an organization comprised of only churches representing the various denominations of the Christian faith. But in 2004, with a historical vote made by the community, the council changed from ecumenical one to an interfaith council. The SCIC now has an association of more than 140 faith communities and organizations, encompassing over 35 cities and serving approximately 1.8 million people.
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