Sixty people from 21 different congregations and community organizations attended OTOC’s 2nd summer training session on community organizing. IPL Executive Director and OTOC organizer/trainer Joe Higgs provided and quick summary of two two topics:

OTOC is a Broad-based Organization. How does this differ from Civic Organizations or Movements?   Are there other Broad-based organizations?

The Cycle of Organizing.   How do we move from self-interest to shared–interest, to research that moves toward an action and solution we can win?

Rev. Marshall Johnson of the OTOC Clergy Caucus gave a training session on:

Qualities of Leaders.   Are leaders born that way or are there skills we can learn? Leaders in organizing are often not the obvious ones.   Is anger ever a virtue?

Hear examples from veteran OTOC leaders and learn how to employ these principles in your congregation or organization.

The August training session on community organizing will occur Monday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Augustana Lutheran (38th and Lafayette Ave) and will focus on:

  • Developing a Core Team of Leaders: How we identify and develop a team of leaders in your own church or organization so we can work for the common good–
  • Preparing for public action: How we organize public action to successfully push for change–members of the OTOC Housing Action Team will brief all present on what they are asking the City Council and Mayor to do to improve housing quality in older areas of the City.


Regional Training

So far, twelve OTOC leaders will participate in the Regional Leadership Training ProgramAugust 2 from 3 pm to Tuesday, August 4th , 5 pm. The group includes two pastors, two women religious, three student leaders from the Creighton Center for Service and justice and other OTOC leaders from a variety of congregations and community organizations.

sponsored by OTOC’s sister organization AMOS ( A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy)

Democracy is not a spectator sport…Developing Faithful Leaders for Public Life


Topics include:

Dealing with Tension between the “World As It Is” and the “World As It Should Be”

We feel called to work for the world as it should be, but meet roadblocks frequently and are told   “that is the way the world works.” What can we do? Do we believe this is how it has to be?

Acting with Power/Acting with Love: How are these different; are they incompatible? What works best when?   Where does “respect” fit in?

Building Relationships Across the Lines That Divide Us: Where we live, what we look like, where we worship, and how much money we make influence our beliefs about our lives and our city.   What does it take to work together?

Re-Organizing/Re-Building Our Congregations: Leadership and congregational needs change.   How to go deeper by finding new Leaders, identifying supporters, and meeting with key people.   How can this impact our congregations?

 Learning what it Means to be a Leader: Do all leaders meet the community organizing definition of a Leader?   What defines AMOS and OTOC Leaders and what does that mean for our organizations?


Bishop Douglas Miles, long time leader of BUILD – Baltimoreans United in

Leadership Development. Bishop Miles will bring his insights from 40+ years of organizing and his

recent experiences in Baltimore to the training.