Celebrate 10 Years of Organizing at POWER!

September 25, 2021 marks POWER’s tenth anniversary of connecting diverse faith communities, speaking truth to power, and striving to change Pennsylvania — and the world. Join us in celebrating throughout the year as we reflect how far we have come and envision our shared future!

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Our History

At historic Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, on September 25, 2011, POWER’s Founding Convention brought together 2,000 congregational members, allies, and Philadelphia city officials to affirm a change agenda in 5 priority areas. The Convention also cemented commitments from labor leaders, City Councilman Bill Green, and Mayor Michael Nutter, to work with POWER to address unemployment in Philadelphia. Many long-time observers and leaders of community activism in Philadelphia independently agreed that POWER’s Founding Convention was the largest grassroots civic gathering for change the city had seen in years, if not decades.

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Still Seperate and Unequal Metro June 2021

Present

Ten years later, our original group of 37 Philadelphia congregations has grown to more than 100 across ten Pennsylvania counties. As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we invite active member congregations and faith communities, individual members, community leaders, and partner organizations to join us in continuing to build a POWERful statewide movement for racial and economic justice on a livable planet.

Festivities

Our celebration will last through ten months, September through June — check this space for many opportunities to be part of POWER's history and future!

  • Virtual Choir Fest – January 30, 2022
  • Noir et Rouge Virtual Gala in June 2022 (date TBD).
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Sponsors

Old First United Church of Christ

Scott Kerber Home Repairs and Improvements

Anniversary Committee

Rev. Sandra Brown, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Janis Moore Campbell, Temple University

Rev. Donna Jones, Cookman Beloved Community, Metropolitan Christian Council of Philadelphia
Frances Upshaw, Calvary-St. Augustine Episcopal Church
Kathy T. Hettinga, Design Consultant

Staff

Rev. Yvette Davis, Director of Training & Leadership Development
Rev. Gregory Edwards, Chief of Staff
Yvette Gimenez, Director of Operations
Emilie Haertsch, Director of Communications
Christa Kerber, Director of Development
Salina Singleton, Digital Media Specialist
TaWanda Stallworth, Individual Giving Coordinator
Tautianna Stringer, Data Manager