The key issues of Community Renewal Society (CRS) that comprise our annual Platform for Renewal are drawn directly from listening to leaders of member congregations and community residents. Every summer, congregational leaders and staff speak with thousands of people in churches and communities through one-on-one conversations, house meetings, and neighborhood canvasses. The Strategy Team, a group of leaders elected by the membership, meet to distill the learning from this listening process and empower issue teams to work on building local, city or state-wide campaigns to win real change. This culminates at the fall Annual Membership Assembly when CRS member congregations vote on the key issues and campaigns to be included in the Platform for Renewal for the upcoming year.
On November 12, 2016, CRS member congregations unanimously voted to endorse the Platform for Renewal 2016-17, which includes campaigns to reduce violence in our communities, restore rights and opportunities for people with criminal records, and improve police accountability.