This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke;
Faith and Action for Strength Together (FAST) is a justice ministry organization made up of 38 religious congregations throughout Pinellas County who band together to create positive change in our community. FAST is a congregation-based 501(c)3 non-profit whose purpose is to train low- to moderate-income residents from diverse congregations to work together to identify root causes of community problems and take action on these problems. Through FAST, diverse people come together to powerfully address the needs in their own communities.
Our congregations differ in how we worship and what faith traditions we have, but we all share a commitment to pursue justice in God's name. Our strength is in our unity.
We use a four-step process to do justice in our community:
1. We listen to our congregation members through one-on-one meetings and house meetings that surface what injustices our members are experiencing in the community. Our congregations then vote on what issues we want to work on for the year.
2. We research the problems to identify workable solutions.
3. We gather a large number of people once a year at our Nehemiah Assembly to show our power and negotiate solutions with our public officials.
4. We follow through on public commitments in order to ensure that there is action to address the problem.
Through this process, we have been able to win improvements in our community for the past 10 years. For more information about our successes, visit the "Past Victories" page . For more information, feel free to contact us or come to one of our large assemblies that occur 4 times a year.