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"I want to let trans youth know that they belong,” writes Rev. Dr. Joe Parramore. "They belong in our communities, our s...
07/16/2021
Protect transgender youth: Treat God’s children with dignity | Commentary

"I want to let trans youth know that they belong,” writes Rev. Dr. Joe Parramore. "They belong in our communities, our schools and on our sports teams. I want them to know that people of faith will always be standing with them in this moral fight.”

Legislation targeting trans youth. passed on the day that we began Pride Month and two weeks before we commemorated five years since the Pulse nightclub shooting, was an affront, a pastor and guest columnist writes.

“I felt I needed to say something and I decided to take a stand,” said Pastor Dave Gibbons. “I’ve always stood up for th...
07/15/2021
Faith leaders push for understanding, solidarity in Asian and Black communities

“I felt I needed to say something and I decided to take a stand,” said Pastor Dave Gibbons. “I’ve always stood up for the Black community and for anti-racism, but I felt what I say needs to be clearer, more pronounced and articulated.”

“We’ve seen pictures of Asian men and women minding their business, walking on the street and getting attacked. As Black people, we know what that’s like,” one pastor said.

Diversity is among our nation’s greatest strengths. So next time you hear that a politician is courting “the religious v...
07/14/2021

Diversity is among our nation’s greatest strengths. So next time you hear that a politician is courting “the religious vote,” ask yourself “which one?”

Check out new polling by Public Policy Research Institute: https://bit.ly/3AQfjSK

Diversity is among our nation’s greatest strengths. So next time you hear that a politician is courting “the religious vote,” ask yourself “which one?”

Check out new polling by Public Policy Research Institute: https://bit.ly/3AQfjSK

“It’s so important for students to see themselves reflected and represented in the classroom,” said Pritpal Kaur of The ...
07/14/2021
Sikh Coalition helps revise California curriculum - Indica news

“It’s so important for students to see themselves reflected and represented in the classroom,” said Pritpal Kaur of
The Sikh Coalition.

After going on an 18-month campaign, the Sikh Coalition succeeded in incorporating more accurate and representative information about the community in the curriculum for public schools across the State of California.

More than 1 in 3 young people now identify as unaffiliated. No matter who we are or where we call home, all of us deserv...
07/13/2021

More than 1 in 3 young people now identify as unaffiliated. No matter who we are or where we call home, all of us deserve the freedom to believe as we choose.

More new polling by @PRRI: https://bit.ly/3AQfjSK

More than 1 in 3 young people now identify as unaffiliated. No matter who we are or where we call home, all of us deserve the freedom to believe as we choose.

More new polling by @PRRI: https://bit.ly/3AQfjSK

“I feel like it’s in our blood to be ready to counter and fight and stand strong,” said Jaynie Parrish, executive direct...
07/12/2021
Tribes say voting access hurt by US Supreme Court ruling

“I feel like it’s in our blood to be ready to counter and fight and stand strong,” said Jaynie Parrish, executive director of Navajo County Democrats. “Our organizers say all the time, ‘If your vote didn’t matter, why are they trying so hard to take it away.’”

The ruling will reach broadly into tribal communities, particularly those where Indigenous people don’t have residential mail service or must drive long distances to polling sites and the post office.

#JOBALERT: Our affiliate Wyoming Interfaith Network is looking for a new executive director! Learn more and apply: https...
07/11/2021

#JOBALERT: Our affiliate Wyoming Interfaith Network is looking for a new executive director! Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/2TWC4nh

#JOBALERT: Our affiliate Wyoming Interfaith Network is looking for a new executive director! Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/2TWC4nh

"To be someone who wants to follow Jesus means that God wants us to break the cycles of violence," said Taylor Schumann,...
07/11/2021
She Survived a Shooting. Now She's Disarming Her Christian Critics

"To be someone who wants to follow Jesus means that God wants us to break the cycles of violence," said Taylor Schumann, Christian gun violence prevention activist and author of "When Thoughts and Prayers Aren’t Enough."

Taylor Schumann wants Christians to put the gospel before the Second Amendment.

People of faith don’t belong to any one party - or politician. New polling by PRRI shows how voters’ religious affiliati...
07/11/2021

People of faith don’t belong to any one party - or politician. New polling by PRRI shows how voters’ religious affiliation has changed in recent years.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3AQfjSK

People of faith don’t belong to any one party - or politician. New polling by PRRI shows how voters’ religious affiliation has changed in recent years.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3AQfjSK

"African Americans don’t want white evangelicals to talk about them in a certain way. What they want is justice."
07/10/2021
The Vortex of White Evangelicalism

"African Americans don’t want white evangelicals to talk about them in a certain way. What they want is justice."

“Every single Christian of color who is proximate to evangelical spaces gets called everything but a child of God. And that’s just part of the work.”

07/10/2021

This week's episode of State of Belief looks back at some of the most impactful moments in the show's history, including an insightful interview with Pastor Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Don't miss it! https://stateofbelief.com/

Central to every faith tradition is a commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. Faith leaders like Pastor Shon Neyla...
07/09/2021
Portland Congregation Races To Get Members Vaccinated Before Oregon Reopens

Central to every faith tradition is a commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. Faith leaders like Pastor Shon Neyland are urging their congregants to get vaccinated and working within communities to ensure equitable distribution.

With Oregon set to end pandemic restrictions, Pastor Shon Neyland is fighting to get his congregation vaccinated. The vaccination rate within Black communities lags behind the state's overall numbers.

More than 50 years ago, the Supreme Court described an effort to use religious rights to excuse racial discrimination as...
07/09/2021
Comparing Supreme Court rulings on race and gay rights

More than 50 years ago, the Supreme Court described an effort to use religious rights to excuse racial discrimination as “patently frivolous.” What's changed? The latest from Kelsey Dallas of Deseret News.

In the past, the Supreme Court ruled against religious objectors to racial equality. Why hasn’t it done the same in cases involving religion and LGBTQ rights?

Creating a more inclusive democracy for people of all faiths and none requires we acknowledge our historical wrongs, wri...
07/08/2021
Opinion | It’s long past time for our country to apologize publicly for what it did to Native people

Creating a more inclusive democracy for people of all faiths and none requires we acknowledge our historical wrongs, write Dr. Negiel Bigpond and Amb. Sam Brownback for Washington Post. Without this, "the healing process our community desperately needs cannot truly commence."

A dozen long years ago, we led the congressional effort to issue an official apology by the U.S. government to Native peoples. Now it's time for the U.S. president to make good on that sentiment and say it publicly.

“There are a significant number of pastors asking the question, ‘How do we do church in a more decentralized fashion com...
07/08/2021
Why Church Can’t Be the Same After the Pandemic

“There are a significant number of pastors asking the question, ‘How do we do church in a more decentralized fashion coming out of the pandemic?' ” said David Yang, director of Send Institute.

As we gather again, congregants bring the weight of trauma and tensions built up over more than a year spent apart.

All of us deserve access to lifesaving resources, which is why faith groups like MAZON:  A Jewish Response to Hunger are...
07/07/2021
Community | Next Pride month, we need to talk about LGBTQ food insecurity

All of us deserve access to lifesaving resources, which is why faith groups like MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger are working to develop sustainable access to healthy food, regardless of age or background.

Stable access to nutritious food is fundamental to our humanity. But LGBTQ people face systematic barriers in getting the food they need.

The balance of the Supreme Court has shifted dramatically, but we’re already preparing to champion true religious freedo...
07/07/2021

The balance of the Supreme Court has shifted dramatically, but we’re already preparing to champion true religious freedom this fall.

Join our fight: https://bit.ly/3wpIp7Z

The balance of the Supreme Court has shifted dramatically, but we’re already preparing to champion true religious freedom this fall.

Join our fight: https://bit.ly/3wpIp7Z

To move forward together, our faith communities must address past harms. In his recent book, Rusty Hawkins discusses the...
07/06/2021
How White Southern Christians Fought to Preserve Segregation | Religion & Politics

To move forward together, our faith communities must address past harms. In his recent book, Rusty Hawkins discusses the intersection of Evangelical Christianity and white supremacy in South Carolina.

Americans are in the midst of a reckoning about systemic racism and its history in the United States. “Critical race theory” and “anti-racism” have become a hotly debated topics in the media, in politics, …

We all deserve to feel safe, no matter who we are, where we live, or what we believe. Across the nation, faith leaders l...
07/06/2021
Faith groups launch new curriculum in bid to address surge in Christian nationalism

We all deserve to feel safe, no matter who we are, where we live, or what we believe. Across the nation, faith leaders like BJC - Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty's Amanda Tyler are speaking out against Christian nationalism and working to develop just solutions to protect our communities.

Christian nationalism is not just "a problem for the faithful, but a problem for the planet and the country," said pastor Doug Pagitt.

“There’s no contradiction between being a q***r and trans person and being a person of faith … that those things can go ...
07/06/2021
LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at 'Beloved Arise' group

“There’s no contradiction between being a q***r and trans person and being a person of faith … that those things can go together,” said Rev. Ashley DeTar Birt, program coordinator for Beloved Arise during a virtual panel for Q***r Youth of Faith Day.

Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until

“Oak Flat is holy and sacred. Chi'chil Bildagoteel is central to our traditional religion and identity as Apache people,...
07/05/2021
Apache sue to protect religious freedom, save Oak Flat sacred area from destruction by foreign mining company

“Oak Flat is holy and sacred. Chi'chil Bildagoteel is central to our traditional religion and identity as Apache people,” said Dr. Wendsler Nosie, Sr., former San Carlos Apache tribal chairman and Apache Stronghold leader.

News Release Apache Stronghold Apache Stronghold, on behalf of traditional Apache religious and cultural leaders, sued the Trump administration January 12 in

"We need practices of repair within American culture to bring beauty out of our collective brokenness,” writes Amy Julia...
07/04/2021
Independence Day Calls Us to the Holy Work of Repair

"We need practices of repair within American culture to bring beauty out of our collective brokenness,” writes Amy Julia Becker, and "Christians have an opportunity to lead in this work.”

Our flag symbolizes the beauty of American ideals and the brokenness of our history.

To move forward together as a nation, we must ensure that every American has the #FreedomToVote.
07/04/2021

To move forward together as a nation, we must ensure that every American has the #FreedomToVote.

To move forward together as a nation, we must ensure that every American has the #FreedomToVote.

THIS WEEK: Join host Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy on State of Belief for conversations with the Rev. Monty Self and Brian Al...
07/03/2021

THIS WEEK: Join host Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy on State of Belief for conversations with the Rev. Monty Self and Brian Allain.

A project of Interfaith Alliance, State of Belief offers listeners weekly critical analysis of the news in religion and politics and promotes diverse voices in a religiously pluralistic world.

Learn more: https://stateofbelief.com/

THIS WEEK: Join host Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy on State of Belief for conversations with the Rev. Monty Self and Brian Allain.

A project of Interfaith Alliance, State of Belief offers listeners weekly critical analysis of the news in religion and politics and promotes diverse voices in a religiously pluralistic world.

Learn more: https://stateofbelief.com/

“The Equality Act is a monumental achievement for religious freedom," said Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, fellow at the Cen...
07/03/2021
Baptist advocates for Equality Act say they are motivated by love of freedom as a faith virtue

“The Equality Act is a monumental achievement for religious freedom," said Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, fellow at the Center for American Progress, "it is a victory welcomed by religious minorities who face discrimination based on religion.”

https://bit.ly/3AlYAGE

Advocating for the Equality Act offers a meaningful way to push back against the faith-based white supremacy that oppresses LGBTQ Americans just as it always has done to women, people of color and members of minority religions, a panel of Baptists agreed during a June 29 BNG webinar. The June 29

“In order to develop effective policy solutions to combat hate, policymakers first have to understand the scope of the p...
07/02/2021
How the Sikh community’s experiences with hate crimes shows why data collection is so important

“In order to develop effective policy solutions to combat hate, policymakers first have to understand the scope of the problem,” said Sim J. Singh of The Sikh Coalition.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-the-sikh-communitys-experiences-with-hate-crimes-shows-why-data-collection-is-so-important

Newly passed federal legislation advocates for better hate crime reporting and collection, but the government’s track record with data is spotty.

"The continued attempt to hold Muslim Americans to a different standard simply because of their faith is anti-Muslim big...
07/02/2021
The unconstitutional bigotry of a religious test for Dilawar Syed

"The continued attempt to hold Muslim Americans to a different standard simply because of their faith is anti-Muslim bigotry,” writes Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance.

Pointing out the Muslim faith of the US Senate's SBA nominee is an insidious tactic, one that's all-too-familiar to Jewish Americans like me

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Got 10 minutes? You can make a difference. The most recent Americans of Conscience Checklist is short and sweet. Click below to call, write, donate, or just check out the good news. #YourVoiceMatters
Given our contemporary insistence on religious divisions, I find it consoling that there are historically points of agreement and sometimes civil disagreement.
The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency If you only have 10 minutes, take our top three suggested actions and please remember to check the box to say you did it. We keep track of those numbers to evaluate our impact. • Action 1: Supply Indian Country with PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). • Action 2: Demand an end to militarized policing in the U.S. • Action 5: Oppose warehousing asylum seekers during a pandemic. • It is our voices together that have made a difference by doing actions on the current Checklist • https://americansofconscience.com/06-04-2021/
Are you finding it a little harder to keep up your activism lately? I am. But Americans of Conscience Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for people who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. It only takes 10 minutes to do the top three suggested actions in the most recent checklist so click below and join me: * Call your senators (click the link for current asks) * Action 1: Advocate for the constitutional freedom to peacefully assemble. * Action 5: Support a humane immigration system in the U.S.
It will only take a few minutes to contribute to a long lasting event. • 76 weeks until the midterm voting and the candidates have already begun to campaign. The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. Together, we can protect our vulnerable 2022 midterm elections • Curtail dangerous voter suppression efforts by supporting the For the People Act • Ensure safe, timely voting by mail by expressing support for the Postal Service Reform Act • Thank two Republican officials in Arizona for defending the integrity of the 2020 presidential election
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My brain feels like it is pinging from one “must focus on” to another, how about you? There are so many things that need our attention to keep our democracy strong. Thank goodness the Americans of Conscience provides a focus for action. Together, we can help end violence toward Black and Asian people, we can work hard to ensure fair elections...and much more. Check out this week’s edition.
Happy Spring! Spring always gives me a new found hope springing from mother nature's renewal happening all around, which gives me more energy to stand up for those who need it. If you're feeling the same way, please consider calling Alejandro Mayorkas at (202) 282-8495 (DHS comment line) for an end to unconstitutional border practices. If you're wanting to do even more, check out the list of impactful actions to take at Americans of Conscious Checklist. You are so loved and appreciated
In addition to these three top actions, this week’s Americans of Conscience checklist is filled with good news and news with heart that makes me feel proud to be a US citizen. Action 6: Support housing security during the ongoing pandemic. Action 7: Oppose ID requirements for COVID vaccine Action 10: Support our neighbors’ path to citizenship. Find it all here:
Hello friends! Now that the stimulus bill was passed this weekend, there is much work we can do by speaking up for our fellow Americans -- Americans of Conscience Checklist highlights these and more. Here are this week's top three priority actions: Action 3: Oppose barriers to voting in your state. Action 5: Support Georgia’s communities hit hardest by COVID-19. Action 15: End inhumane child imprisonment. To take action on these and other important issues, please check out this week's checklist https://americansofconscience.com/03-07-2021/?fbclid=IwAR2NHXNV5XZR-_e8PBbi5URQLu7TfknAfsaL_vA4BcLLU9Yhpb4D50ofhfA