As the teams in our Formation Program begin to reach the end of their six-month campaigns, we wanted to offer the wider LDI community an inside look into the team members and the work they've been pursuing.

Below, read about the Holy 7,  who are a class of students from the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), and St. Mary's Social Justice Action (SMSJA), a team that developed out of the group of young adults in their 20s and 30s at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester.

EDS Holy 7

The Holy 7 led a campaign to educate their peers on environmental stewardship and encourage composting on campus.

Why does your team feel called to do this work (organizing in general, and/or around your specific issue)?

We are committed to issues of environmental  justice because of our faith in the creator God and for the poorest who have been impacted by our actions

What are you hoping to see come of your campaign?

Awareness and commitment to being better stewards of the earth. Concern for communities affected by our overuse of resources and mismanaged waste

Fun facts about the team or the team members:

Our 7 member team is multiculturally and multilingually diverse! We originate from 5 different countries; USA, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and South Sudan.

St. Mary's Social Justice Action (SMSJA)

What is your team's organizing sentence?

Our goal is to keep the Jones Hill/Upham’s Corner neighborhood affordable and a place of connection free from fear of future displacement or violence regardless of current or future residents’ economic situation, race or nationality.

Why does your team feel called to do this work (organizing in general, and/or around your specific issue)?

As members of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, we recognize and celebrate the value of racial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity in our church community and in our neighborhood. We seek the flourishing of Jones Hill/Upham's Corner in a way that is inclusive because we believe in the power of good neighbors. Gentrification and rising housing costs threaten the identity and affordability of our neighborhood. We want Jones Hill/Upham's Corner to be a place where long-time residents are able to benefit from improvements just as much (and even more) than newcomers.

What are you hoping to see come of your campaign?

We want St. Mary's to be a place where neighbors come together to hear each others' stories and meet each others' needs - physical, social, and spiritual. Our initial goal is to bring people together with a block party that celebrates our neighborhood's diversity of backgrounds with stories and relationships. From there, we'll be able to build on our connections to organize against outside threats and for holistic development.

Fun facts about the team or the team members:

Together, we make a powerful potluck meal and can salsa like nobody's business. Here's a photo of what we eat :).

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