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Mission Statement

Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through:

  • Nurturing leadership
  • Standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers
  • Changing unjust systems and structures

Vision Statement

Rural & Migrant Ministry acts to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate all members of our society by: building communities that celebrate diversity, achieve true mutuality and offer dignity and opportunity to all. Rural & Migrant Ministry is an interfaith organization whose members believe that inspiration comes from participation in the creation of a just world.

To this end Rural & Migrant Ministry is committed to:

  • Honor and support efforts of those who are disenfranchised, especially migrant farmworkers and the rural poor, as they seek greater self-determination;
  • Transform ourselves to use our privileges and actions, not as pillars of oppression, but as forces for justice;
  • Nurture the development of leaders from various communities;
  • Build a ministry that brings people of diverse socio- economic, religious, cultural and racial backgrounds together and promotes the exchange of resources, ideas and hopes;
  • Address the root causes of poverty and prejudice that are maintained in public and private policies through advocacy and the development of alternative policies and structures;
  • Be equitable, just and honor diversity within the structures, policies, programs, activities and mores of the organization.