The Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, a national leader in areas of poverty and immigration, is a keynote speaker at Women of the ELCA’s Tenth Triennial Gathering in Minneapolis, July 13-16. She is speaking during the Saturday morning plenary.
An ELCA pastor with more than 35 years of experience in community ministry, Salvatierra of Los Angeles, Calif., is co-author with Peter Heltzel of Faith-Rooted Organization: Mobilizing the Church in Service to the World.
Organizing is bringing people together to create systemic change, Salvatierra says in a video on the InterVarsity Press website where her book is published.
Faith-rooted organization is (creating systemic change) in a way that is completely shaped and guided by our Christian faith and is designed to enable us as Christians to contribute our unique gifts to the broader movement for social and economic justice, she said.
“Christians know they are called to do justice but they are confused about how to go about it,” she said.
Salvatierra is founder of the Faith-Rooted Organizing UnNetwork. She also co-founded the national Evangelical Immigration Table (a broad coalition of evangelical leaders and institutions advocating for immigration reform).
She serves as a consultant (training, facilitating, organizing and leading strategic planning) for a variety of national/international organizations, including World Vision USA/World Vision International/Women of Vision, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Christian Community Development Association.