Midway City Friends Legal Fund

Back in the cold winter months of 2017 our congregation began helping a dying homeless man and his wife on our church property. When we began to have conflict with a few of our neighbors over this work, rather than helping us with our neighbor relations, our newly approved denominational leadership began an aggressive campaign against our church and its pastors. This campaign has culminated in a legal battle over the property that our congregation has built and developed since the 1930s. Our congregation is made up of people mostly living on the edges of society. As such, we feel we are not just fighting for a property, but for a home. Our church building is a gathering space for many people who have nowhere else to belong and few resources to their name. When the conflict with our denomination began, we initially sought the help of other churches in an attempt to solve the matter relationally. It quickly became clear, however, that our leadership was not interested in reconciliation but only in the financial boon our property (which is held in trust with them) could provide. After the leadership threatened legal action against us, our congregation initiated a lawsuit in order to clarify the language of our property trust. The other side has since countersued our congregation and our pastors and are continuing to aggressively come after our property. In order to continue with our suit and to preserve our community gathering space, we need an additional $50,000 for legal fees. For us, this fight is about more than land, stones, and brick. It is a fight for justice for the vulnerable. It is a fight for our simple, egalitarian, and communal way of life that is under attack by those who see the faith through corporate financial eyes instead of through the eyes of Jesus who said, “Come to me, all you who are weary, and I will give you rest.”

If you would like to partner with us in this struggle, you can donate here through GoFundMe or send a check directly to Friends Community Church Midway City at 14762 Jackson Street, Midway City, CA 92655. All funds will go directly to Friends Community Church Midway City, which is a California Tax Exempt Nonprofit Organization. We are happy to provide tax deductible receipts upon request, and are grateful for anyone who is able to give.      


To learn more about our congregation, you can view our YouTube page here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0oLf_d1Cptyr5UC3DWzsBw

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Organizer

Cara Caudill Pfeiffer 
Organizer
Midway City, CA
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