Faith Voices of Columbia, in response to our common calling to love our neighbors, works to foster interfaith cooperation to address the root causes of injustice in our community and to advance racial equity and economic dignity.
Faith Voices of Columbia is a multi-faith effort that:
- Promotes relationships of understanding, cooperation, and respect across religious and political divides;
- Fosters a sense of connection and common concern among Columbia’s people of faith;
- Develops the capacity of our congregations to jointly respond to moral issues;
- Helps people of faith live out their values more fully;
- Engages in compassionate action for the fair and equal treatment of all persons
- Gives voice with those who are being forgotten by our society.
Faith Voices of Columbia works through congregations, a clergy table, and specific teams of clergy and lay leaders to address the roots causes of pain in our community and build a powerful moral narrative that puts the issues of dignity and racial equity at the center of public life.
Our Clergy Table meets every first Thursday 11:30a-1:30p.
Our current teams are:
- Predatory Lending
- Sanctuary Network
Why We Organize
- In 2013, the median household income in Ward 1 of Columbia was $18,838– 44% of the median household income in Columbia overall. This level of inequality is immoral.
- According to the 2011-2015 American Community Survey, the poverty rate in Columbia is 24.9%, higher than the average poverty rate in Missouri of 15.6%.
- 34.2% of African-Americans in Columbia live in poverty.
- The poverty level wage for an adult with 2 children in Columbia is $9.69/hour–the living wage according to MIT is $24.64/hour.
- In 2016, 45% of students in Columbia Public Schools are on free or reduced lunch.