The Faith Alliance for Revitalization (FAR) is a multi-faith, multi-agency, and multi-stakeholder collaborative partnership working to rebuild and revitalize the City of Shamokin and the surrounding communities.
FAR usually meets at 5 pm every first Monday of the month; during the present pandemic, we are hosting our meetings on Zoom. Our next meeting is on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Previous Editions of Our Newsletter: FAR & Wide
Our Collaborative Partners:
Local People of Faith & Ministerium
SABER (Shamokin Area Businesses for Economic Revitalization)
Future Leaders and Achievers of Greater Shamokin (FLAGS)
County & State Governments
Federal Government (Environmental Protection Agency and departments of Agriculture, Labor, Interior, Justice, Homeland Security, in Washington D.C.)
Bucknell University’s Sustainability & Environment Center
Shepherd Higher Education Consortium for Poverty Studies
Jesus gave us a mission, rooted in a belief in Him, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”. (John 13:34)
This commandment calls us to shape the moral character of society using both our faith and reason to bring truth and goodness to into community building and political life.
Pope Francis puts it this way: "We need to participate for the common good. Sometimes we hear: a good [people of faith] are not interested in politics. This is not true: good [people of faith] immerse themselves in politics by offering the best of themselves so that the leader can govern".
Jesus said the second most important commandment is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself”. (Mark 12:31)
Solidarity is “a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”
It is a readiness, in the Gospel sense, to ‘lose oneself’ for the sake of the other instead of exploiting oppressing the other for one’s own advantage.”
Our nation’s tradition of pluralism is enhanced, not threatened, when religious groups and people of faith bring their convictions into public life. The Christian community brings to local initiatives and political dialogue a consistent moral framework and broad experience serving those in need.
John the Apostle says, “Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God”. (Revelation 3:2-3)
Revitalization is the effort to bring purpose, passion, and proper priorities back into a community.
Pope Francis quotes Pope Benedict XVI who said, “If indeed ‘the just ordering of society and of the state is a central responsibility of politics,’ the Church[es] ‘cannot and must not remain on the sidelines in the fight for justice’”.