PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Interfaith Organizing elected officers, welcomed its newest member group, and shared stories from the front lines at its annual convention on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Knesset Israel.
The addition of BIO's newest member organization, Temple Anshe Amunim, brings the number of member groups to 18. They are joined by individual members of the BIO Community Leaders group.
All work together to build strength within the community to address the root causes of struggles faced by many Berkshire neighbors, including hunger, transportation, and the need for immigrant support.
The following officers were elected for 2018: The Rev. Joel Huntington of South Congregational Church, president; Martha Congdon of Lee Congregational Church, first vice president (personnel); Jim Kolesar of St. John's Episcopal Church, Williamstown, second vice president (fundraising); Paula Morey of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, treasurer; Myrna Hammerling of Congregational Knesset Israel, secretary.
The convention also kicked off BIO's biennial Listening Campaign. Meetings will be held throughout the county to hear what new issues residents might be facing.
Gatherings are scheduled at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, at St. Stephen's Church, 67 East St.; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 59 Summer St., North Adams; and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Christ Trinity Church, 180 Main St., Sheffield.
All are welcome.