To contact at least three different faith leaders (by October 31st) to assess their interest and the potential interest of their congregations in joining a CPA planning group.
For me personally, having individuals who focus on this work from a faith in action perspective will be very helpful. It will give me a sounding board, allow me to see where my own language could be improved, and to have a sense of not being in it alone. These will be individuals who I respect as well and create a space for me to engage with them on a new and deeper level.
Time is the biggest obstacle. Finding time to craft my email and follow up if necessary. Enabling them to find the time to respond and reflect. In addition, different denominations work differently. One of the individual works statewide, another is focused only in the metro area. It will also be important to take time to develop a clear “elevator speech” with enough detail to allow them to consider the possibility. This will be difficult as one obstacle is the lack of breadth in my understanding of what a community purchasing alliance is and could look like in our context.
Skills and Knowledge:
During this time, I will better understand the workings of CPA and the goals of a CPA. In addition, I will garner a better knowledge of the internal structures and obstacles in other faith denominations. I believe I will also have a better sense of my own passion for this work.
In addition to the people with whom I am to speak, I will also enlist a small learning cohort. The Bishop who opened up doors within the Lutheran Church, an IAF leader, my interfaith learning group, and my coworkers in the office.
Plan of Action:
- Develop talking points and create initial email by October 15th
- Send email with potential times to meet and/or talk.
- Meet with individuals.
- Write up a summary of key learnings and identify follow up points.