In recent months I’ve been privileged to witness the birth of a new initiative in the form of the Queensland Community Alliance.
– a city where strong churches, unions, charities, ethnic associations and other community organisations work together to implement our common values
– a community where we listen to each other’s stories, and these stories inspire us to work together to overcome the pressures we face through developing new leaders
– an alliance based upon an ethos of active citizenship, and confident of our practical problem-solving abilities and non-partisan collective power
The Alliance, modelled after similar community organising groups in Sydney, London and Los Angeles (among many other places), sees faith groups, trade unions and other community organisations join together focused on the common good. It is south-east Queensland focussed initially, with intent to grow more widely over time.
Itâ€™s not party political, but will engage with all levels of government with the aim of a better, stronger, fairer society.
It is primarily oriented around building capacity, resilience and relationship, with the ultimate purpose of making our communities stronger.Â The organisations involved may share different world views, but ultimately find a lot in common as through their members they seek justice, compassion, empowerment and so on.
There is an open invitation for community groups and churches to meet the alliance and find out more.Â The Uniting Church is involved through (initially) the Presbyteries of South Moreton, Bremer Brisbane and Moreton Rivers.