Greater Boston Interfaith Organization






GBIO was founded by a group of 45 clergy and community leaders who began meeting in January of 1996. What motivated this founding group to begin building GBIO was a common desire to transcend the historic divisions in Boston that existed between neighborhoods, particularly around race and class issues. These founders were motivated to build a new organization which could help build relationships across these divides and provide a new vehicle for different constituencies to act together on common interests in ways which would be powerful and effective. This founding group raised seed money from ten different religious denominations and the first staff organizer was hired in August 1997. In November of 1998, GBIO held its founding assembly attended by some 4000 people from across Greater Boston. This watershed event in Boston's recent history was the largest and most diverse mass meeting held in Boston during the past 25 years.

Anti-Usury Campaign

It is time to re-instate usury laws by capping interest rates at 10%. Why 10%? Because 10% is enough.

Ten percent is enough to allow credit to flow to all worthy borrowers. It is enough to allow bankers their fair share of profit. It is enough to protect families from permanent indebtedness. And it is enough to divert our economy away from the speculative gambling that has caused our present economic crisis, and back towards productive wealth creation in the industries of the future: green manufacturing, sustainable energy, and others that the American entrepreneurial spirit has yet to imagine.

Health Care

The fight for quality, affordable health care for all continues.

In 2005, over a half a million people were uninsured in the state of Massachusetts, many of whom were members of GBIO institutions. Through listening to these members, their stories became our stories and motivated us to become active in the fight for affordable health care for all. The passage of Massachusetts 2006 Health Reform Law was a landmark victory for GBIO and the residents of the Commonwealth of MA. More than 430,000 residents have acquired health insurance as a result of the passage of this reform, and Massachusetts rate of uninsured has dropped from seven percent to three percent, the lowest in the nation!

School Organizing Campaign


Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
594 Columbia Road, Suite 203
Dorchester, MA 02125
United States