Faith & Community
Moving forward together.
Wrestling with realities.
Building capacity for the long haul.
About Faith & Community
The Rural Faith Communities as Anchor Institutions Program at IEI has existed in partnership with The Duke Endowment since 2015 to fold rural North Carolina faith leaders into local and state-wide leadership on emerging issues. Through data, appreciative inquiry, and leadership development, IEI invites rural faith leaders to our Emerging Issues Forums, a faith-centered annual event (our RFCAI conference), and provides technical assistance on community-congregation partnerships throughout the year. Our network is over 400 clergy, lay leaders, and partners.
Faith & Community Conference
February 28 in Greensboro, NC
Faith & Community Podcast
Listen to Peer Networks podcasts around issues that matter to faith leaders—the hard and good conversations we are, or should be, having.
- Reclaiming Rural: Building Thriving Rural Congregations with Rev. Allen Stanton
- Talking Rural Aging
- Talking Rural Food Ministries
- Talking Rural Clergy Mental Health
John Parker, Faith and Community Initiative Leader
Ellen Beasley, Rural Faith Communities Program Assistant