United Parish and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

United Parish has a unique opportunity to join with an interfaith coalition focused on making true, systemic changes to support social and economic justice in our local communities. This organization, called the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), relies on faith-based communities like ours to lead and participate in actions to put forward and influence humane, progressive legislation.

This spring at United Parish’s annual meeting (June 13), we hope to vote to join the 58 churches, synagogues, and mosques of GBIO. In preparation, we’ve tried to answer common questions about the organization in the video below. If you have a specific question, feel free to navigate to the video time stamps listed next to each question.

Watch the video here.


1. Why should United Parish join GBIO? [0:04-7:24]

2. What can we do with GBIO without joining? [7:24-9:36]

3. What is the financial commitment involved in GBIO membership? [9:36-22:08]

4. How does GBIO spend its money? [22:08-23:14]

5. Why join a collective effort instead of stepping out on our own? [23:14-25:32]

6. What would being a formal member of GBIO require of UP members? [25:32-28:47]

7. Can an individual be a member of GBIO? [28:47-31:36]

8. What is the geographical area that GBIO focuses on, and how does it balance local and state politics? [31:36-33:44]

9. How would the Stretching into Justice team interact with GBIO? [33:44-35:55]

10. What is the demonstrated impact of GBIO’s actions? [35:55-42:58]

Thank you for taking the time to learn about GBIO and the significant impact faith-based communities can have when they join together. And please reach out to stretchingintojustice@upbrookline.org if you have additional questions or comments.