Faith Action for Community Equity (Faith Action) is a grassroots, interfaith 501(c)3 non-profit organization driven by a deep spiritual commitment to improving the quality of life for our members and all the people of Hawaii. Through our common values and collective power, we address the root causes of social justice challenges facing our community. We are the only organization of its kind in Hawaii.
WHAT WE DO
A religious or community organization or civic group becomes a member unit when its leadership signs our Covenant Statement. The new unit first engages its members in a Listening Process that deepens relationships and identifies members’ hopes, talents, and concerns. This Process strengthens both the individual organization and Faith Action
as a whole.
Faith Action is an organization of organizations mainly centered on the island of Oahu. We represent a large constituency that is diverse in race and ethnicity, religious affiliation, economic class, and neighborhoods. We prioritize accountability, leadership development and training, a bottom-up participatory structure and a high level of internal funding.
We, the members of Faith Action are a multicultural people, richly diverse in ethnicity, language, economics, and faith. We are convinced that, at every level of society, our system of power and power sharing, originally based on democratic traditions, is not working for all people. As a people of hope who share values arising from our religious convictions, we celebrate the historical teachings of our heritage as they show us the way of justice and compassion, and set us to care for the needs of all people.
Out of these commonly shared values, and out of deep pain over the growing inequities and incivility in our society, we covenant:
To strengthen and enhance the vitality of our own congregations, to discover the hopes, dreams, fears, and talents of our members;
To come together to impact the life of our community, uniting to act on real-life concerns in hope;
To be a grassroots organization of organizations, uniting in ministry, and caring for the common good of the people of these islands;
To examine core issues and the root causes of problems, and to be a vehicle through which our people can act to improve quality of life;
To support materially our emerging organization, contributing to its financial needs through pledges and an equitable structure of dues.
2023 Working Board
Rev. Moses Barrios, President
Jon Davidann, Treasurer
Kristen Young, Secretary
Faith Action Staff
Faith Action is currently without staff. We give thanks to our former staff members—Ashleigh Loa (Executive Director), Cassie Chee (Director of Community Organizing), Soon Kim and Kelsey Mills (Community Organizers)—who shared their commitment and gifts with Faith Action over the past few years and have decided to move on from the organization.