It is time for a new capacity and generation of grassroots leaders in Anne Arundel County who can unite to solve broad-based and intersectional issues at the local and county level. Since August, 2016, ACT has provided leadership training for over 1,000 local County residents. These trainings not only help identify and build leaders but also the power in institutions. 

Below are descriptions of ongoing training with the ACT Leadership Institute. See the calendar for upcoming dates and email organizer, Leo Penta if your faith or community organization is interested in hosting one of these trainings.

Relational Meetings

Collective change happens because of public relationships that are based upon mutual interest and trust. Find out how to begin this relationship building!


Understand how the work of social justice and congregational organizing can be much more effective if it is community/institution-based and collective. Why is it so uncomfortable to claim our power and why must we do it to make the change we want to see in the world?

Core Team

Relational organizing builds a collective culture, challenging the ubiquitous dilemma of the same people doing everything. Establishing a core team and building leaders key to sustaining and/or growing an institution.

Door Knocking

Door Knocking is part of our relational and relationship building research to meet our neighbors, listen to their stories, see the issues firsthand, and invite new leaders we meet to build power for change with us!


Metro IAF 3-day Key Leaders Training 

Training will provide leaders with an abbreviated version of the IAF National Leadership Training. Sessions will cover power, self-interest, the culture of broad-based organizing, public and private relationships, individual meetings, and house meetings. Leaders from other DC, metro Maryland and Northern Virginia organizations will also participate. The training is open to key leaders from member and prospective member institutions. 

Suggested Reading and Resources

Alinsky, Saul. Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals. (1971).

Gecan, Michael. Effective Organizing for Congregational Renewal. (2008). Acta Publications.

Gecan, Michael. Going Public: An Organizer’s Guide to Citizen Action. (2004)


Relational Meeting Skills

Building  Training Series

ACT is offering a training series on how to build your skills in initiating and deepening public relationships of respect and trust. The workshops will be held for one hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning Oct. 12 for a total of four sessions on Zoom. Between sessions there will be practical assignments to gain experience in initiating and renewing public, yet personal relationships around shared self-interest. No prior experience with ACT is necessary to take part. Group size will be limited to about 15 persons, so please reserve your place as soon as possible.

Click  HERE to reserve

your space



The idea of ACT originated when local clergy gathered regularly to have ongoing conversations on race and the effects of oppression on members of their faith communities. ACT continues these conversations and learning in our local member institutions. .