After seven years of leadership as the Interfaith Director at the East Bay Housing Organization (EBHO), Reverend Phil Lawson is retiring. Friends, loved ones, co-workers and members of the interfaith community gathered at his retirement celebration on Friday, December 16, at Easter Hill United Methodist Church.
Lawson joined the EBHO team in 2004. As the Interfaith Director he was responsible for two EBHO initiatives: the Interfaith Action in Housing and Interfaith Communities United for Affordable Housing. Under Lawson’s leadership, EBHO developed a powerful network of faith leaders and organizations promoting housing justice. Lawson significantly expanded faith communities’ support of affordable housing and increased the faith community’s capacity to respond to the housing crisis.
Although he is retiring, Lawson says he will continue to support EBHO initiatives and projects including the annual “Shelter in a Time of Storms” Breakfast and Housing Sabbath.
Prior to his work at EBHO, Lawson was the Pastor of Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond from 1992-2003. He continues to remain connected to a host or nonprofit and faiths organizations including the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), Richmond Vision, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Faith Works!, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and others.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.