Two Virginia interfaith organizations merge

aheymann@vagazette.com

Two Virginia faith-based advocacy groups have merged.

Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and Virginia Interfaith Power and Light have announced have joined forces to better advocate for social, economic and environmental justice across Virginia.

According to John Whitley, a board member with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the Virginia Interfaith Power and Light was originally an offshoot of his organization, but eventually split off and became independent.

Kendyl Crawford, director of Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, said after re-launching in February, her organization rented office space from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

She said sharing the space allowed the two groups to get to know each other better, and by late summer they began to think merging would be a good idea.

“It just started to make sense,” Crawford said. “We are both faith-based organizations working on advocacy.

“It was just perfecting timing to bring Power and Light back into us,” Whitley said. “Kendyl Crawford, she is a vibrant, focused, powerful leader.”

Crawford said Virginia Interfaith Power and Light will keep its name, and again will be an offshoot of Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

“The interfaith center also adjusted their mission,” Crawford said. “Before it had social and economic justice, but they have also included environmental justice in it as well.”

Whitley said he is excited to have the two groups merge because environmental conditions are an important aspect affecting people’s lives.

“If there were not environmental justice the health and well being of the population would be at risk,” Whitley said.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about the Virginia Interfaith Power and Light collaboration, visit vaipl.org.

For more information on the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, visit virginiainterfaithcenter.org.

Heymann can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828 or on Twitter at @HeymannAmelia.

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