Greater Boston Interfaith Organization


The Union Church in Waban is an active member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO), a broad-based, non-partisan, interfaith, multiracial power organization rooted in Greater Boston’s neighborhoods and congregations. Made up of 60 dues-paying member institutions representing more than 107,000 people, GBIO is dedicated to making our city a better place for all of us to live and thrive. For more than 20 years, GBIO has worked to improve housing and healthcare, reform our criminal justice system, address racial disparities in our city, and rebuild schools and neighborhoods, among other issues.

By engaging thousands of people in identifying important problems and using proven organizing methods to engage and develop leaders, GBIO has built and demonstrated collective strength to achieve a wide variety of goals. As times change, so, too, do the issues GBIO selects.

Every GBIO campaign begins with listening. We share stories about the issues that affect our lives, our families, our communities, then choose issues we all can support. Together, we act strategically, holding government and corporate power players accountable for the common good. 

Current areas of focus are:

  • Affordable Housing (home ownership and rental)
  • Reentry Services for Formerly Incarcerated People
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Service Access (including in Education)

For more information on GBIO, please visit: or reach out to one of our liaisons: Brita Gil-Austern and Kathy Malone.