Center for Lived Faith and Organizing

The Center for Lived Faith and Organizing educates, trains, and connects leaders with local and regional partners for long-term and sustainable ministry in organizing and justice work. The Center supports congregations, justice seeking community members, clergy and students.

Our vision is people of faith engaged deeply in the transforming the world trough community and cultural organizing grounded in theology and faith.

The Center for Lived and Organizing is a partnership between Eden Theological Seminary and the United Church of Christ Justice & Local Church Ministries with a generous grant from the Fetzer Institute.

Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker, Assistant Professor of Community Engagement and Contextual Education, Director of Contextual Education, serves as the founding faculty director. Rev. Dr. Justin Marshall Shamell serves as the new Relationship Manager and Recruiter of Congregations. For more information, contact us at

Great for congregations or community teams!

Individuals can complete a Certificate for Organizing and Social Transformation by by signing up for 5 workshops up front by registering here.

Workshops are offered monthly in the fall and spring. 1 of the 5 workshops for the certificate must be the “Organizing Workshop” which will be offered every fall and spring. The Organizing Workshop is a project-based offering that connects participants to grassroots organizing in their local community with an organizing plan for their context. 

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