For the inaugural issue of Weld, we asked dozens of people from throughout the community — young and not-so-young; male and female; black, white, Hispanic and Asian; Christian, Muslim, Jewish and agnostic; students, professionals, artists and more — to each give us one idea for making Birmingham better. This is one of those ideas. You can read more here.
Quinn Kareem Rallins • Executive Director of Birmingham Faith in Action
“If you want to walk fast, walk alone. If you want to walk far, walk together.”
This is an African Proverb that my grandmother used to tell me when I was a boy. She said it before I would play in baseball games, after swim meets, and during family reunions. This old adage applied then, and it applies now in the Birmingham region.
In early 2011, 16 clergy representing thousands of members came together because there is a critical need in Birmingham: a grass-roots community organizing effort led by people of faith committed to sustaining a powerful and organized faith voice to advance a programmatic and policy agenda that benefits all people, especially low-income and working families.
This summer, the staff and emerging leaders of Birmingham Faith in Action have had 300 one-on-meetings and 1,000 overall conversations throughout the community to hear the pain that families are experiencing. We are learning that people everywhere share similar values — good schools, affordable housing, quality health care, good jobs and other aspects of a dignified life.
Birmingham Faith in Action is not only building an organization, but a movement that has a vision of full civic engagement of people of faith. We believe the present reality of the world can be transformed. We are called to play a leading role in this transformation.
As my grandmother would tell us, “Let’s walk together. And let’s walk far.”
Visit us at www.birminghamfaithinaction.org and join this movement.
Read more Big Ideas to Make Birmingham Better here.