Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society, Inc. (Roc/ACTS)


A faith-based community-organizing project of urban and suburban congregations to train and empower citizens to shape the political, social and economic decisions that impact their lives.

Congregation-based community organizing focuses on building political power in the hands of an organization of local residents, and using that power to influence issues the organization defines as important. Common characteristics are: faith-based, broad-based, locally constituted, multi-issue, and professional staffed.


Equipping leaders with the skills that enable congregations to more effectively carry out their mission using the world principals and practices of congregation-based organizing. Congregations will engage in public life more intentionally and boldly as central to their doing justice. Congregation-based organizing brings together a remarkable diversity of faith traditions, but equally noteworthy is its success in bridging the racial divides of American society.
  1. Build capacity of people to act on their concerns
  2. Create a culture of responsibility and accountability for what happens in our community.
  3. Strengthen and connect our institutions to their communities.
  4. Breakdown the barriers that are deeply dividing our neighborhoods, city, and region.
  5. Build democracy by exercising the right to organize, the right to participate in the decisions that impact our lives.


  1. To strengthen congregations
  2. To connect people to the community
  3. To bring stability
  4. To train leaders
  5. To act locally
  6. To build regionally
  7. To participate nationally


  1. To have the means of powerfully living the faith in public life for the sake of justice and systemic change.
  2. To listen to the deep needs and passion of the people.
  3. To support and train leaders for engaging congregations in the public square.
  4. To develop synod leadership for public engagement initiatives.
  5. To develop/deepen congregations as communities for public engagement
  6. To establishing partnerships with other institutions for the purpose of coaching and mentoring.
  7. To prepare leaders to effectively lead congregations into public dimensions of the Beloved Community.
  8. To build an organization of relationships which help release the God-given power of people to participate in public life, not just naming problems that need solving, but learning strategies of organizing that move to systemic change

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