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Faith, hope, love -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Faith, hope, love


Photo by Steffan Hacker


In September, Habitat for Humanity affiliates and national organizations around the world celebrate the organization’s foundational Christian principles through Building on Faith week.

It’s a time to reflect on the faith from which Habitat was born more than three decades ago, the teachings that drive the organization’s conviction that families should have decent places to live, the belief system that propels the participation of so many volunteers, supporters and partners.

It’s also a time to honor all of those from diverse backgrounds who come together to build houses and bridges, Habitat providing an ecumenical place for different faiths to take united action for a common cause.

Personal faith is not the motivating factor for all Habitat volunteers. People come to the work—and stay to help—for myriad reasons, and all are welcome. But throughout its history, Habitat’s mission has been based on the idea that we serve God by serving others, and this issue of Habitat World examines the deep connections that exist between belief and building.


The Carters share why they volunteer

International faith leaders reflect on the mission

Church and interfaith partnerships provide avenues for action