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Location: Oakland, CA

Organization: First Congo

Contact: info@firstoakland.org

First Congo is a ‘Lay Led Congregation’ located in Oakland, California. First Congo identifies as “a group of spiritual seekers brought together by our commitment to live into the motto: Love is first.” 

︎ Does not collaborate with police
︎ Volunteer-led
︎ Offered at no cost to participants
Nichola Torbett is a lay leader at First Congregational Church of Oakland, a progressive church in California, that has made a decision to try to stop calling police, especially on people of color.

The church is an open space, the doors are unlocked, and there are community services located inside the building. Homeless people come in, and sometimes they are in the throes of a crisis created by mental illness, substance abuse, or some combination of the two.

“Can we really feel like we are doing God's will,’ Riles asked, "or we are following in the footsteps of our movement founder, Jesus, who literally risked himself over and over and over again for people who were the most vulnerable if we're calling the police for our own safety and security and risking the lives of actually the most vulnerable?”

“Instead, what they are hoping to do is create a volunteer force of community and church members trained in conflict resolution who can be on-call, if anything happens. They are reaching out to other churches, places of worship, and community organizations to ask for volunteers.”

Excerpted From: Oakland Church Steps Out On Faith And Pledges To Stop Calling Police, Sandhya Dirks, NPR, June 26, 2020