Stand Against Christian Nationalism
A group of Christian clergy and allies in the Spokane area, led by Rev. Rick Matters, is organizing a local response to the ReAwaken America tour coming to the Washington-Idaho border September 16-17; see our previous announcement here and this news article from Spokane FāVS. FAN is supportive of these efforts toward denouncing this ideology that breeds division and hate. We know that such events in one part of our region have ripples throughout the state. We invite you to consider an action step you can take in the week leading up to the event:
- Pledge to lift up the liberative themes of our multi-faith traditions in prayer, vigil, and the media as a counter-narrative during the weekend of Sept 16-18 by filling in this Google form.
- Sign the local organizer’s petition in advance of the event: bit.ly/ChristianNationalismPetition.
- The Episcopal Diocese of Spokane is helping lead the way with this powerful recent statement by Bishop Gretchen Rehburg and will offer vigil resources.
- Our partners at CURE:PDX are working to intervene where there is threat of violence in our region and Meta Peace Teams offer regular Peacekeeping and nonviolence trainings.
FAN will continue to work across the state to create forums for learning and action to respond to Christian nationalism. Here are a few upcoming opportunities:
- The Interfaith Alliance reminds us that Christian Nationalism is on the ballot this fall and offers resources on behalf of religious freedom.
- Theologian Carter Heyward is releasing a new book on the topic this month in an online event September 21: The 7 Deadly Sins of White Christian Nationalism.
- Here is a video perspective from Christians Against Christian Nationalism.
Inviting Sponsors and Volunteers
for Annual Dinner
We are excited to join in person for our annual celebration in Renton and Spokane, and we are preparing to welcome tables of sponsoring friends, our Network of Advocating Faith Communities, and hundreds of individuals in both venues, as well as online. This will take many hands, and we invite you to sponsor or volunteer!.
- Sponsor our 2022 annual celebration and keep FAN advocacy moving forward! Download the sponsorship form here or email Elise for more information: email@example.com.
- Volunteer to make the evening a success! Help with registration, outreach, parking, set-up, or clean-up, and then enjoy dinner and the program with us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coalition Partner Spotlight
FAN participates in more than 25 policy coalitions, each working towards justice, equity, and the common good through intersecting issues. The work of Health Care for All – Washington to achieve universal health care is based on religious and constitutional values that demand justice for all. We are pleased to highlight this upcoming event shared by FAN advocate Ronnie Shure, President of Health Care for All – Washington, and featuring the work and perspectives of FAN supporter and member of Washington Poor Peoples’ Campaign, Ming Chen: Healthcare is a Universal Value, September 14, 7pm on Zoom. RSVP here!
Space for a SHARE shelter needed in Seattle by September 17: SHARE is currently looking for a location for a 10-person, self-managed shelter in Seattle, needed to temporarily replace another site by September 17. For more information, contact SHARE at email@example.com or 206-448-7889.
Sunday-Wednesday, September 11-14, on line, Green Team Summit, hosted by St. John United Lutheran Church with Earth Ministry, featuring Dr. Katharine Hayhoe exploring her most recent book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. Find out more here.
Sunday, September 11 to Saturday, October 2, on line. Global Interfaith Compassion Challenge. Join people from many faith communities in exploring ways to bring the timeless virtue of compassion into our lives and work toward bringing about large-scale social change through compassion. Find out more here.
Tuesday, September 13, 12-1:30 PM, on-line presentation, Racial Equity – What Do We Do Next?, sponsored by Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council.Find more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 14, 10 am, on line, The Future of Work. This webinar explores how “digital trade” proposals could impact jobs, wages, gig economy worker protections, and more. Find out more here.
Saturday, September 17, 10am-5pm, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon. 2022 Labor & Immigration Summit hosted by the Washington State Labor Council and the AFL-CIO Labor & Immigration Committee. FAN is pleased to co-sponsor this year’s event with the theme “Immigrant and Refugee Workers Rising and The Future of the Labor Movement.” There will be workshops, a guest speakers’ breakfast, lunch, and free parking. Register here. For more information, email Dgutierrez@wslc.org.
Saturday, September 24, noon, Cal Anderson Park to the Federal Building. Seattle Rally and March for Nuclear Abolition, sponsored by Citizens for the Universal Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. Find out more here.
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