ABOUT Pima County Interfaith (PCI)
Pima County Interfaith consists of two entities:
Pima County Interfaith Civic Education Organization (PCICEO) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.
Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC) is a registered 501(c)4 organization.
PCICEO works in collaboration with PCIC, assisting in community education, issues research, and public skills development.
WHO is PCI?
We are every-day citizens from churches, synagogues, nonprofits, small businesses, neighborhood groups, schools, unions, and other voluntary/civic associations. We intentionally work across lines of religious beliefs, political philosophies, ethnicities and economic levels that divide our communities.
Our strength is in our broad-based, relational commitment to take action on issues that impact our families at the local and regional levels. PCI will take strong stands on issues affecting families and communities, but remains politically non-partisan.
WHAT does PCI do?
Institution and Leader Development
We strengthen our institutions, schools, and neighborhoods by reconnecting them internally and, then, throughout the community. We build relationships across our community based on trust and a willingness to listen to each other.
We identify, develop and train leaders. We equip our members and leadership with skills and practices to get results. Through PCI they learn the skills of the public arena, so they can challenge the hurdles to opportunities for local families.
Standing with Families
We work to build a large constituency of city dwellers and suburbanites, from both forgotten neighborhoods and affluent areas. Through conversation and listening, people discover their common values and concerns, and they help each other in reciprocal action. PCI congregations have improved local schools, neighborhood safety, and local health care; and they helped gain investments in community facilities such as parks, libraries and safe playgrounds.
HOW is PCI different?
We believe the vast majority of adults have the capacity to speak for themselves and act with others on issues important to their families & to their values. We have learned that change in a democracy requires power—either the power of organized money or the power of organized people. We can build the power of organized people by rediscovering the relational arts of conversation, listening, strategic thinking and effective action.
Today’s dominant culture puts consumption, celebrity, materialism and “do your own thing” individualism above building strong families, children and citizens. We challenge this dominant culture using our talents, our religious and civic traditions, and our heritage of American democratic values.