August 26, 2016
People of faith from across the San Joaquin Valley will gather September 10 in the inaugural gathering of "Faith in the Valley", at Fresno Convention Center. Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Diocese of Fresno and Bishop Stephen Blaire of the Diocese of Stockton are scheduled to participate
"As we find ourselves well into this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Spirit of Pope Francis and his writings continues to touch our daily lives as clergy, religious, lay leaders, parishioners and Diocesan staff. While reflecting on our up-coming 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Fresno we have seen where we were, where we are presently, and where we hope to be in the future. Through avenues such as “Faith in the Valley” and “V Encuentro”, we hope to continue to explore important areas such as transforming our economy towards inclusion, shared prosperity, and care for our environment, "
The main focus of the gathering is to unveil a proposed “Peoples Covenant”. This Covenant aspires to unite people of faith and community partners from across the Central VaIley around a set of common values and policy priorities towards creating a better community for alI.
Faith in the Valley is a regional effort created and led by the five local PICO federations in the region and spans from Stockton to Bakersfield. It is active in 5 counties in the Central Valley, including Fresno, Merced, Kern, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin. Currently, there are nearly 75 active congregations representing 52,000 constituent families engaged in this organizing efforts and made up of diverse members of the community.
We believe that by coming together as a region, we can leverage investment in our communities across the Valley, dramatically impact policies and legislation that benefit the most vulnerable members of our region, and build the power we need to make the Central Valley a place where all people can have safe and healthy lives.