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Issues and Accomplishments

Greater Cleveland Congregations arrives at our issue priorities by engaging thousands of Cuyahoga County residents in person-to-person and small group meetings discussing the future of our region.

From January-March 2011, over 2000 people participated in these conversations. Approximately 400 of these participants gathered at Park Synagogue on April 7 to vote with their bodies on the first set of priority areas for GCC.

After several rounds of voting in the style of the Iowa caucuses, the following five issue areas emerged as top priorities:

Five research and action teams will convene over the summer to narrow down these broad areas into specific, immediate, winnable issues.

The team from Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, under the leadership of GCC Co-chair Pastor Jawanza Colvin.

Rev. Will Mebane of Trinity Episcopal Church lobbies for the issue of hunger at GCC's issue convention.

Over 350 people from 30 congregations gathered at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple on September 14, 2010 to begin imagining Greater Cleveland Congregations.

After organizing 200 house meetings involving 2000 people to discuss the future of Greater Cleveland, nearly 400 people gather at Park Synagogue to vote with their bodies on GCC's first issue priority areas.

Members of 35 GCC congregations line up to vote for the issues felt most widely and deeply in their communities.

The team from Park Synagogue, under the leadership of Rabbi Sharon Marcus.