Professor David Freidenreich’s civic engagement course, Faith, Class and Community explored the various intersections between religious traditions, socioeconomic structures, and communities. Students worked in collaboration with the Interfaith Council of Waterville & Winslow to inform and inspire civic leaders, participants in faith-based organizations, and the general public about the efforts of faith-based organizations to address local poverty-related issues. Students published a report that both provides a bird’s-eye view of local initiatives and profiles exemplary figures involved in these efforts. Their report will be used to inform a City of Waterville task force on poverty and homelessness.
“How can we both support each other in our missions, but also provide some assistance to the community that’s needed that might even be beyond what any one of us could do?”
Rev. John Balicki