Who We Are

“Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith in New Jersey (formerly PICO New Jersey) is a new and growing multi-faith and multi-racial network of faith leaders and faith communities working together to advance a social and economic justice agenda at the local, state and federal level. Faith in New Jersey’s mission is to develop grassroots community leaders, analyze the policies that shape our communities, and mobilize faith voices and faith voters to effectively act on the prophetic call to build the Beloved Community.

Grounded in the various faith traditions of our participating congregations, as well as Dr. john powell’s landmark work on race and bias, we seek to widen the circle of human concern by putting people at the center of decisions that impact their lives. We believe that all communities, even those at the margins, can and must come together and act powerfully to transform the structures that shape their lives in order to create communities that reflect the dignity inherent in all of God’s children.

Faith in New Jersey is working to equip faith leaders to move significant policy change that supports a shared vision of a Beloved Community where all people, regardless of their background, have access to:

• Violence-free neighborhoods
• Quality, affordable healthcare
• A pathway to citizenship
• Good jobs
• Quality education

Along with our Camden affiliate, Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP), Faith in New Jersey has a team of 8 organizers working with community leaders and allies in Camden, Trenton, New Brunswick and Newark. CCOP has a 26-year track record of success, helping to forge partnerships to improve conditions for working families in Camden. Faith in New Jersey has been organizing statewide (as PICO New Jersey) since 2010 and recently changed our name to better reflect our goal of building a powerful faith voice in New Jersey.

We are affiliated with the PICO National Network, which involves more than 1200 congregations in 17 states across the US in faith-based community organizing initiatives to reduce racial and economic disparities – making us one of the largest community-based efforts in the country.