Southeast LA County Faith-Based Collaborative

Communities of faith serving La Mirada, Norwalk and Whittier

 We  gather smaller congregations in La Mirada, Norwalk and Whittier to work collectively for the good of our community and the people of our congregations.


       Rebuild/build up capacity for outreach and social justice in the post-COVID period

       Connect with the needs of our neighbors

       Create opportunities for people to serve and for new people to connect to our congregations

       Do together what we struggle to do alone

Current Members of the Collaborative:

La Mirada UMC

Whittier 1st Friends Church

Whittier 1st UMC

Woven in Faith (Whittier Presbyterian + Salem Lutheran) 

Good Samaritan MCC

Click here for the One Page FAQ

Or contact Collaborative Coordinator Pastor Cate Luehr for more information.

Check out our monthly Collaborative events!

  • 5K walk for the

    whittier women & Children's crisis center


  • NAMI - Learn and connect


    A focus on community health & wellbeing - hosted by Whittier 1st UMC

  • queerfully & wonderfully made


    A queer variety show with depth and meaning

    We exist to spread the word that LGBTQ+ people are beloved by God, made in the image of the Divine, and accepted just as they are. 

    Pop-up event hosted by La Mirada UMC.

  • Interfaith food center food drive & 

    Classic car show

    April 27 @ La mirada landmark adult community

    10:00 - 2:00

    A big event hosted by the Landmark Adult Community & East LA Classic Car Clubs.

    Bring donations of non-perishable foods and enjoy the day with us!

  • Peace camp


    Hosted at Whittier First Friends Church - a water-themed peace camp focused on water conservation and our role as stewards of our earth's water.

  • lgbtqai+ 101


    Woven in Faith collaborated with the Whittier Youth Gay Straight Alliance to present basic info about the queer community. It was a dive into language and meaning and an exercise in understanding pronoun usage. Pastor Maggie Goodwin followed up with a lesson on how certain Biblical passages have been used to harm the LGBTQIA+ community, and how to embrace scripture as an ally. 

  • engage in democracy


    First Friends Church and the Friends Committee on National Legislation taught participants how to engage with our elected leaders, emphasizing the building of relationships. The day also featured a visit from Nicholas Hernandez, a member of Senator Butler's staff. 

  • Veteran's resources center


    In honor of Veteran's Day, Whittier 1st UMC provided the collaborative with information about the Veteran's Resource Center located at the Whittier Central Public Library, where volunteers are available M-F from 10-2. 

  • naloxone training


    LA CADA (Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse) provided members of our collaborative with Opioid Overdose Reversal Education. We were given impactful information on the rise of opioid use in our county and nations. 

  • hygiene kit collection for homeless neighbors

    Coming again soon

    Assembling hygiene kits to give out to neighbors who need them. 

    Hosted by Whittier 1st Friends Church.