Faith Caucus: Organizing for Congregational Strength

STRONGER TOGETHER: Strategy Summit Event

Join lay and clergy leaders from MVA member organizations as we discuss how the organizing model can be applied internally to strengthen our organizations. As MVA member organizations, we believe that building relationships with leaders from other denominations and faiths stretches our ability to put our faith to action in public life. But before we are able to be influential in our neighbourhood and city, we need to begin by laying strong foundations in our congregations. 

Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Please arrive with enough time to get registered and settled in. Tea, coffee, and a light breakfast will be provided. 

This event takes place on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.



To enter the lower hall at the church, you need to walk around to the back door of the church on ground level. There will be signs indicating the entrance. Accessible washrooms are available at ground level.

Accessible by transit on the n. 20 bus. There are 12 free parking spots available on a first come, first serve basis at the Co:Here building down the street (email [email protected] for the access code). Street parking is available on surrounding side streets (take note of parking restriction signs). Pay parking is available under Supervalu on Commercial Drive. 


If you are interested in helping with set up at 8:00 a.m., are willing to help with hospitality, or are able to stay an extra half hour to help with clean up, please be in touch with Audrey at [email protected] 


Joe Chrastil: Regional Organizer, IAF Northwest

Forty years' experience in building and launching action-oriented community organizations, developing leaders, strategy and capacity in Canada and the US. His work has addressed a wide range of issues related to jobs, immigration, health care, education, energy, housing, and transportation.  Joe has overseen MVA's development since its beginnings more than ten years ago.


Ernesto Cortes, Jr.: Co-Director, IAF; Executive Director, IAF West/Southwest

Regrettably, due to unexpected circumstances Mr Cortes must postpone his travel to Vancouver at this time.  His meetings with MVA leaders will be rescheduled at a later date.

February 28, 2020 at 9am - 11am
Grandview Calvary Baptist Church - Lower Hall
1803 E 1st Ave
Vancouver, BC V5L 4B8
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Audrey Guay ·
Flyn Ritchie Gabrielle Patricia Nisbet Donna Dufresne Maureen Robertson Winston Green Rebecca Pousette Glen Davis Naomi Fahrmann Krista-Dawn Kimsey Richard Lange Barry Goodwin Peggy Trendell-Jensen Raymond Tomlin Kombii Nanjalah Vivian Seegers Audrey Anne Guay

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