The work of the Virginia Interfaith Center is supported through the generosity of individuals, congregations, religious institutions and foundations. In addition, we partner with other nonprofit organizations with whom we share common concerns and participate strategically in coalitions.
Congregational partners commit to advocating social justice in collaboration with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy. This partnership means committing to annual financial support of VICPP and designating a congregational liaison to serve as a bridge between their congregation and the Virginia Interfaith Center.
Congregational Partners join their voices with people of faith from across the state. Together, our faith communities represent a powerful, moral voice for social change. Participation in the network also provides faith communities with access to Virginia Interfaith Center’s wide range of advocacy resources, from education curriculum and legislative updates to advocacy training and leadership development.
VICPP provides congregational partners with
- Resources, training and strategy for effective advocacy.
- Skilled staff or board members for preaching and teaching.
- Opportunities to communicate and collaborate with other congregations and faith communities across the state.
- Regular legislative updates and alerts via email.
- Opportunities to communicate directly with legislators, including our annual Day for All People interfaith advocacy day (January each year).
- Assistance in coordinating public or community forums, actions, and prayer services.
The Virginia Interfaith Center relies heavily on our faith communities to help determine our advocacy issues. We encourage faith communities to discern issues by communicating with their local communities and reflecting on their religious traditions. The VICPP Board and Chapter leaders then develop a strategic agenda, usually focusing on one top-tier issue and a few additional issues. The Center has previously worked on issues related to hunger, homelessness, economic justice, the environment, sustainable agriculture, education, healthcare, criminal justice reform and human rights.
No. Becoming a Congregational Partner simply means that a faith community affirms our shared calling to advocate for a more just and sustainable world. How you and your faith community carry out a ministry of advocacy in your local context is up to you. When the Virginia Interfaith Center takes a position on a particular issue, it is a recommendation that we hope individuals within your faith community will consider and engage with.
A part of being in VICPP’s statewide network of Congregational Partners is a regular financial contribution, at a level that make sense for your budget. Congregational Partners can make VICPP a line item in your annual budget or special mission allocations, collect a designated offering for VICPP, or host a fundraiser that benefits VICPP’s advocacy. Congregational Partners are also encouraged to let VICPP know of endowments or other funding sources in your community to which we can apply for funds, and attend or sponsor our annual VICPP awards dinner fundraiser in the fall. Your contribution makes a difference!
VICPP follows a "Learn, Pray, Act" model. The Liaisons in the Congregational Partners network receive quarterly calls to action, and our Partners are encouraged to do at least one activity per year in each category. Some ideas include
- Invite staff or board members from the Virginia Interfaith Center to teach and/or preach in your faith community.
- Convene an advocacy study group related to your tradition’s scriptures or important texts.
- Host a community forum (and invite elected officials) on a critical social issue.
- Collect an offering of letters from members to legislators on one of Virginia Interfaith Center’s priority issues.
- Send members to the Day for All People interfaith advocacy day in Richmond (in January).
- Help organize or attend marches, rallies, or other courageous public actions.
- Attend VICPP’s annual awards dinner and fundraising event (September).
- Make VICPP a line item in your faith community’s budget, or take up a special offering for the Virginia Interfaith Center.
VICPP is a 501c3 organization that works on economic and racial justice issues. The organization educates and equips its leadership and volunteers to speak directly to government officials as one method of doing advocacy, but the work is always done in a nonpartisan manner and the advocacy work is well within the limits established by the Internal Revenue Service. The network of Congregational Partners empowers and supports faith communities and individuals to seek social change through a variety of means, including education, direct action and religious witness.
List of congregational partners
VICPP gives special thanks to the dozens of congregations listed below that have offered financial support for the work either this year or last year. If you would like to get your congregation more connected with VICPP, send an email to our Faith Organizer about becoming a congregational liaison.
Baptist | Catholic | Church of God in Christ | Episcopal | Friends (Quaker) | Jewish | Lutheran | Muslim | Non-denominational | Presbyterian | United Church of Christ | United Methodist | Unitarian Universalist
Church of the Redeemer (Mechanichsville)
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church (Arlington)
St. Bridget Catholic Church (Richmond)
St. Edward Catholic Church (Chesterfield)
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church (Richmond)
Church of God in Christ
Church of the Holy Comforter (Richmond)
Church of the Redeemer (Midlothian)
Immanuel Church on the Hill (Alexandria)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Norfolk)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Richmond)
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (Newport News)
Alexandria Friends Meeting
Charlottesville Friends Meeting
Goose Creek Friends Meeting (Purcellville)
Herndon Friends Meeting
Hopewell Centre Friends Meeting (Winchester)
Langley Hill Friends Meeting (McLean)
Maury River Friends Meeting (Lexington)
Midlothian Friends Meeting
Richmond Friends Meeting
Roanoke Friends Meeting
Virginia Beach Friends Meeting
Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church (Roanoke)
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (Reston)
Muhlenberg Lutheran Church (Harrisonburg)
Peace Lutheran Church (Alexandria)
St. Stephen Lutheran Church (Williamsburg)
Blacksburg Presbyterian Church
Bon Air Presbyterian Church (Richmond)
Burke Presbyterian Church
Gayton Kirk Presbyterian (Henrico)
Ginter Park Presbyterian Church (Richmond)
Lewinsville Presbyterian Church
Old Presbyterian Meeting House (Alexandria)
Second Presbyterian Church (Richmond)
Trinity Presbyterian Church (Harrisonburg)
Westminister Presbyterian Church (Charlottesville)
United Church of Christ
Burke United Methodist Church
Centenary United Methodist Church (Richmond)
Community of Faith United Methodist Church
Doe Hill United Methodist Women
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church (Arlington)
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church (Richmond)
Williamsburg United Methodist Church
Accotink Unitarian Universalist (Burke)
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond
Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists
Unitarian Universalist Community Church (Glen Allen)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation (New River Valley)
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula (Newport News)
Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists
Judicatories and other national, regional and state faith groups
VICPP also partners with most judicatory bodies in Virginia. VICPP gives special thanks to those judicatory bodies and other national, regional and statewide faith groups that have provided financial support either last year or this year.
Arlington Interfaith Council
Baptist General Convention of Virginia
Catholic Climate Covenant
Christian Church in Virginia (Disciples of Christ)
Church of the Brethren – Virlina District
Church World Service
Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia
Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (national advocacy office)
Faith in Action
Harrisonburg and Rockingham Interfaith Association
Holston Conference, United Methodist Church
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington
Metro Washington Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
National Capitol Presbytery
Potomac Association, United Church of Christ
Presbytery of Eastern Virginia
Presbytery of the James
Presbytery of the Peaks
Religious Society of Friends
Richmond Rabbinical Association
Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church
Virginia Council of Churches
Virginia Muslim Coalition
Virginia Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice
Bon Secours Foundation
Center for American Progress
Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund
Community Foundation of Greater Richmond
Consumer Health Foundation
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Potomac Health Foundation
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Virginia Law Foundation