Webinar Series: Who is My Neighbor? Community Development Seminar Developing Congregations, Buildings & Neighborhoods with Room for All of Us


New York State Council of Churches, Goldstein Hall, and Pace University Land Use Law Center are pleased to announce that this year, the Who is My Neighbor Seminars will be held online for the summer giving you the ability to attend from the comfort of your home (or the beach). Join us and other partners to reflect together on how we build racially and economically inclusive neighborhoods, towns and cities. We want communities where everyone can belong, participate and contribute. We want to offer you the tools and perspectives which can aid you in building the state and world we all want.

This four-part webinar series will be a great opportunity for you to:

  • Explore how your house of worship can reach out to your community
  • Take necessary steps to position your house of worship to use its property for mission
  • Understand your neighborhood and land use laws and how to advocate for change
  • Counter Not in My Backyard to create inclusive neighborhoods for all
  • Meet with organizations offering pre-development and development dollars and learn how to apply for those dollars
  • New case examples of small and larger projects.




Upcoming Topics:


Tuesday, June 30
9 AM – 11 AM
(Follow-up conversation
11 AM – 11:30 AM)
* The necessity, theology and method of faith communities doing outreach especially in a Coronavirus pandemic world.
* The practical and legal steps you must take to prepare to use your property and fulfill your mission.

Tuesday, July 7
9 AM – 11 AM
(Follow-up Conversation
11 AM – 11:30 AM)
* The importance of understanding your community’s land use system and modifying land use policies and laws to make it easier to build the economically and racially       inclusive communities we want.
* Dealing with Not in My Backyard, racism and classism
* Engaging in public policy Advocacy and Promotion

Tuesday, July 14
9 AM – 11 AM
(Follow-up Conversation
11 AM – 11:30 AM)
* To Begin at the Beginning and Review of Development Pre-Steps
* Small scale and large-scale examples using pre-development dollars
* Conversations with Funders: Interfaith Affordable Housing Collaborative, Attorney General Pre-Development Programs, Capital Region, Buffalo-Rochester Region,          Westchester and Rockland County, LISC, Enterprise Community Partners, Leviticus Fund, Housing and Community Renewal for State of New York, Community Loan        Fund and more!

Tuesday, July 21
9 AM – 11 AM
(Follow-up Conversation
11 AM – 11:30 AM)
* Re-Purposing Property and Congregation Mergers and Partnerships—The Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Reformed Church Plan, Rotterdam, John Fry and Jaclyn Tyler, Architects, Nexus Creative Design
* Remembering our Purpose and Mission
* Follow up seminars and consultations




There will be no charge for the seminars but all participants must Register in advance.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

These seminars will replace the in person gatherings in Syracuse and Saratoga Springs which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. If you paid for Syracuse or Saratoga sessions, we will be glad to refund your money upon request.

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