The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN) is a network of congregations and organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania committed to drawing together people of faith to act powerfully on local and regional issues of justice and fairness through the process of community-building, direct action, and negotiation with decision makers.
Vision & Values
PIIN is a vehicle for people of faith from the Pittsburgh and the region to come together, express the deepest values of their traditions and affect systemic change on commonly held issues of injustice, disparity, and discrimination. We know that positive social change in society has always come from organized people in some form, and that the organized faith community has often formed the backbone of the most powerful social movements in this country (such as the Civil Rights Movement.) We also recognize that our current society does not reflect our shared faith values, as too many of our families lack living wage jobs, quality public education and affordable higher education, public transportation, and a healthy, safe environment and neighborhood. We believe our shared faith values call us to act together as agents of change in order to create a more just world. We celebrate the power of working together as a diverse coalition of many backgrounds and faith traditions: We are better together.
How We Work:
PIIN currently has nearly 50 member institutions. Our spiritual leaders and members of our congregations are the decision makers on the PIIN board and collectively set the agenda for the organization. Through face-to-face conversation within our congregations and communities, we identify and select the issues PIIN addresses. We analyze the power dynamics around an issue, develop a local, regional, statewide or national strategy, and work with politicians and policy makers to create the policy changes we need to transform our communities. In this way community residents and people of faith own the organizing process, participating together in the public arena to influence decisions that affect their lives and their communities.
PIIN currently has organization-wide Task Forces working on: Jobs & the Economy / The Clean Rivers Campaign, Education, Public Transit, and Gun Violence. We also convene a Spiritual Leaders Caucus, a Regional Expansion Team and an Urban Expansion Team.
Become a Member:
If you are interested in your congregation or organization becoming a member of PIIN, or if you would like to find out more about our issue campaigns, please contact the PIIN office at 412-621-9230 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff and leadership look forward to speaking with you and beginning the journey!