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BUILD updates for March and April 2021

St. Raphael is one of 26 member congregations in the Lexington area that come together to do justice and powerfully address community problems.

Upcoming events

St Raphael’s Network Meeting: Wednesday, March 17th at 6:30 pm. All St Raphael’s members involved in or interested in justice ministry should attend! We will hear updates on our work in the justice ministry, build relationships within the congregation, and choose names to invite to the Nehemiah Action. For the Zoom link, please subscribe to our newsletter using the button below.

Rally: Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm on Zoom. We will hear issue updates, check in on our network building, and prepare for the tension at the Nehemiah Action. All Justice Ministry Network Members from across Lexington commit to attend.

Nehemiah Action: Tuesday, April 27th!! Together as people of faith we will present our city officials with proposals for change! This event is for everyone. There will be a drive-in option and an online option.

More about BUILD
Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action (BUILD) is an organization of 26 religious congregations located in Lexington, Kentucky. BUILD is an interfaith, interracial, grassroots, multi-issue, proactive organization. Since its inception in 2003, BUILD has been constituent-led and employs the practices of direct-action community organizing. BUILD is developing a powerful grassroots organization, made up of congregations situated in low-to moderate-income communities that are capable of creating system-wide change in Lexington.

The goals of BUILD are:

  • To develop a responsible organization to address local issues of concern to member congregations/groups, through a process of education, training, research, and action.
  • To strengthen the individual congregations/groups by training existing leaders in organizing skills, identifying and training potential leaders, building the participation of larger numbers of their members, and attracting the participation of new members.
  • To build and deepen relationships among diverse segments of our community by bringing together groups from various cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds around common interests.
  • To enable religious congregations and neighborhood groups to act on our shared values of human worth, dignity, and justice.
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