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We believe people working together have the power to change Greater Cleveland for the better.

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About GCC

Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) is a non-partisan organization of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice.

As a catalyst for systemic change, GCC challenges Greater Clevelanders to imagine the change we can accomplish, connect individuals and organizations to multiply our power, and mobilize our members by the thousands to make our voices heard and build a greater Cleveland for all of its residents.

GCC unites people across lines of race, class, religion, and geography to promote public, private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the quality of life of our neighborhoods.

GCC is part of the Industrial Areas Foundation, the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith coalitions, and we draw on their seven decades of experience winning tough battles across the nation. Drawing on the proven power of person-to-person organizing, GCC builds the power necessary to create a Greater Cleveland.

Strengthening Our Power

We are getting ready to take on bigger challenges.


We Build Connections That Bring Social Change

Who We Are

We are members of 36 dues-paying congregations and organizations from across Cuyahoga County. We are Christian, Jewish, Muslim and secular.

Recent updates

Letter to Public Officials

We sent the following letter to Cuyahoga County public officials who were instrumental in reducing the jail population this past March.

May 22, 2020

Over 1,000 Citizens Packed a Church on a Wintry Night to Participate in Call for Crisis Centers

The outside may have been windy, cold and snowy, but the inside of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church was bursting with energy as 1,038 citizens loudly called for the creation of two offsite pre-booking mental health and addiction crisis diversion centers.

March 4, 2020

GCC Convenes First Virtual Assembly

On March 26th, Greater Cleveland Congregations held its first virtual Delegate Assembly. The Zoom meeting was fun and lively. The briskly paced meeting featured an online roll call of congregations and several breakout sessions that checked in with how delegates were feeling and during the current Covid-19 crisis and what their congregations were doing to connect with their members. GCC will also be leading regular house meetings on Zoom to listen to what is keeping our members awake at night. The April 2nd house meetng discussed the needs of first responders to Covid-19.

March 4, 2020

We’re Getting Ready for Some Action!

GCC is hitting the New Year running with a Criminal Justice Action from 7-8:30 pm on Thursday, February 27 at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

January 9, 2020