A People’s Movement:

Advancing. Confronting. Connecting.

POWER is an interfaith organization committed to building communities of opportunity that work for all. We represent over 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania.

POWER is a proud member of the Faith in Action (Formerly PICO) and Partnership for Working Families Networks.

No Verdict Can Ease Our Pain. A True Victory Is A Changed System

April 20, 2021

Today, Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three charges for the murder of George Floyd. He is the first white police officer in Minnesota history to be convicted for killing a Black person. Today we feel relief as we take one step closer towards justice and reconciliation. In the case of Derek Chauvin, we have seen a break from the norm in a system that very rarely imposes serious criminal charges against police who murder while wearing the badge.

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A Multifaith Service of Lament for Black Lives


Streamed live on Facebook on April 20, 2021.

Covid-19 Update:

During this pandemic, we will not gather publicly but will continue our work through online meetings and actions. We encourage everyone to remain at home and practice social distancing. We must all do our part to protect public health. If you’re feeling alone, consider watching our Multi-Faith Service for Faith Healing and Action in our Times – your community is here for you! In the meantime, our work continues in the hopes that during the next outbreak our communities have ALL of their needs met.

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Building Communities of Opportunity that Work for All

POWER works with faith communities in Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania to address local and statewide issues while simultaneously strengthening the life of our congregations. Our path to creating a more just world involves teaching people of faith how to build and exercise their own power to address root cause of the daily injustices they face.

At the center of our faith-based community organizing efforts is the belief in potential transformation – of people, institutions, and our larger culture. This belief stems directly from the shared principles of our faith communities and influences the way our leaders relate to public officials, to community members, and to one another. Click here to learn more.

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New Philadelphia Criminal Justice Voting Guide 2021

What’s At Stake Many of the faith traditions operating under POWER's umbrella profess values in keeping with Isaiah 58 - to loose the bonds of…
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PRESS RELEASE: No Verdict Can Ease Our Pain. A True Victory is a Changed System

Today, Derek Chauvin was convicted on all three charges for the murder of George Floyd. He is the first white police officer in Minnesota history…
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Public Banks Support Workers and Communities

As people of faith, we believe in the dignity of labor and the sacredness of workers. This belief extends to workers' ability to pursue their…

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Lifting Up a Moral Voice with Political Muscle

POWER is non-partisan and is not aligned with any political party. We do not endorse or support candidates for office. We focus on issues that directly affect the quality of life in our communities such as education, economic justice, criminal justice reform, and health care. At a time when there is widespread concern about declining civic participation, community organizing offers a powerful tool to connect people to one another and to the institutions that influence their lives.

We help equip community leaders with the skills needed to reach out into their neighborhoods, identify common concerns, research possible solutions, and work with public officials and private businesses to put those solutions into effect. Through our issue-based campaigns listed below, leaders learn how to build and sustain strong teams and networks, research and analyze community issues, develop campaign strategy, and work with elected officials to implement changes in public policy.

POWER Philadelphia

POWER Philadelphia represents congregations and faith leaders located in West Philadelphia, Center City, Northeast Philadelphia, and North Philadelphia.

POWER Metro

POWER Metro represents congregations and faith leaders located in Bucks County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, and Chester County.

POWER Central PA

POWER Central PA represents congregations and faith leaders located in York County, Lancaster County, Dauphin County, and Lebanon County.

POWER Lehigh Valley

Our newest branch, POWER Lehigh Valley, represents congregations and faith leaders located in Lehigh and Northampton Counties.

Let’s Transform Our Communities.