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A Prayer for Democracy: A Time Such as This

“We dream of a country where the politics of fear, white supremacy and American nationalism are supplanted by diversity, equity, equality, inclusion, freedom, and justice.

We dream of a country where native-born and naturalized citizen, immigrant and migrant, neighbor and stranger, host and foreigner, young and old, straight and gay and, where Blacks, Browns, Asians, Whites, and Indigenous people of the land, strive to live peacefully together in view of our common humanity and interdependence.”

– Rev. Larry Foy

Dear Community,

We pray today for calm and peace and respect for our Constitution and democracy.
We pray in gratitude to the many organizers, volunteers and voters who helped to bring about this historic moment with the election of Rev. Raphael Warnock, the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate from the state of Georgia. We know this does not happen without a long term effort to build community power and promote values of racial and economic and gender equity. We offer gratitude to Black organizers and the multi-racial, cross sectional coalitions of people who toiled to lift up the vision of a collective future that we can believe in.
We are deeply saddened that on this solemn day when President-elect Joseph R. Biden was to be confirmed by Congress as the 46th President of the U.S., our democracy and our Constitution was trampled on by thousands of Americans who joined the coup attempt by Donald Trump to overthrow the results of the November election. We decry all efforts to misguide, manipulate, threaten and coerce through violence or force. We lament the ugly reality that their actions expose: the deep roots of white supremacy, violence, and anti-democratic power that run deep in American soil.
As people of faith, we will not bend nor cower to hatred, violence and evil on any front. Rather, we will adhere to the divine command, “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.”
We pray today for all those who are fearful and frightened.
We pray for the safety of all in our country.
We pray for those who need relief, support, vaccines, a medical bed or medical supplies, release from prisons, jails, detention centers in the midst of COVID outbreaks, a warm place to sleep, a living wage, and a re-ordering of our national priorities.
We pray for our elected public servants in this moment, that their lives be safe and that they have the courage to act with integrity and moral conscience.
We pray also for those who took part in the insurrectionist actions today, for Donald Trump, the members of congress who have willingly sanctioned and supported demagoguery. We pray that somehow we may reach them, connect to them with a vision of our common humanity and shared future.
We pray for our betterment as a nation that we strive, not to be the most powerful nation, but to be the most fair, the most equitable, the most compassionate. May we commit together to the building of that “more perfect union.”

Love,
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity


“Soñamos con un país donde las políticas del miedo, la supremacía blanca y el nacionalismo estadounidense sean suplantadas por la diversidad, la equidad, la igualdad, la inclusión, la libertad y la justicia.

Soñamos con un país donde el ciudadano nativo o el naturalizado, inmigrante y migrante, vecino y desconocido, anfitrión y extranjero, joven y viejo, heterosexual y gay y, donde negros, morenos, asiáticos, blancos e indígenas de la tierra, se esfuerzan por vivir juntos en paz en vista de nuestra
humanidad común e interdependencia.”

– Rev. Larry Foy

Estimada comunidad,
Oramos hoy por la calma, la paz y el respeto a nuestra Constitución y democracia.
Oramos en agradecimiento a los numerosos organizadores, voluntarios y votantes que ayudaron a lograr este momento histórico con la elección del reverendo Raphael Warnock, el primer afroamericano electo al Senado de los Estados Unidos del estado de Georgia. Sabemos que esto no sucede sin un esfuerzo a largo plazo para construir poder comunitario y promover valores de equidad racial, económica y de género. Agradecemos a los organizadores negros y a las coaliciones multirraciales y transversales de personas que trabajaron para levantar la visión de un futuro colectivo en el que podemos creer.
Nos entristece profundamente que en este día solemne en el que el presidente electo Joseph R. Biden iba a ser confirmado por el Congreso como el 46° presidente de los EE. UU., Nuestra democracia y nuestra Constitución fueron pisoteadas por miles de estadounidenses que se unieron al intento de golpe de Estado de Donald Trump para derrocar los resultados de las elecciones de noviembre. Condenamos todos los esfuerzos por desviar, manipular, amenazar y coaccionar mediante la violencia o la fuerza. Lamentamos la fea realidad que exponen sus acciones: las raíces profundas de la supremacía blanca, la violencia y el poder antidemocrático que están profundamente arraigados en suelo estadounidense.
Como personas de fe, no nos doblegaremos ni nos acobardamos ante el odio, la violencia y la maldad en ningún frente. Más bien, nos adherimos al mandamiento divino de “actuar con justicia, amar la misericordia y caminar humildemente con nuestro Dios.”
Oramos hoy por todos aquellos que están temerosos y asustados.
Oramos por la seguridad de todos en nuestro país.
Oramos por quienes necesitan alivio, apoyo, vacunas, una cama médica o suministros médicos en medio de brotes de COVID, oramos por la liberación de prisiones, cárceles, centros de detención, un lugar cálido para dormir, un salario digno y un reordenamiento de nuestras prioridades nacionales.
Oramos por nuestros servidores electos públicos en este momento, que sus vidas se encuentren seguras y que tengan el valor de actuar con integridad y conciencia moral.
Oramos también por los que han participado en las acciones insurreccionales hoy, por Donald Trump, los miembros del Congreso que voluntariamente han sancionado y apoyado la demagogia. Oramos para que de alguna manera podamos llegar a ellos, conectarnos con ellos con una visión de nuestra humanidad común y un futuro compartido.
Oramos para que nos esforcemos como nación, no para ser la nación más poderosa, sino para ser la más justa, la más equitativa, la más compasiva. Que juntos nos comprometamos a construir la “unión perfecta.”

Love,
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity

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Spiritual Activist in Residence

Help launch our new Spiritual Activist in Residence Program!

Make a donation today to  launch our Spiritual-Activist-in-Residence program. This is a twelve-month paid residency that invests in an emergent directly-impacted leader with first-hand experience in the carceral and immigration detention system. Those making a contribution of $1,000 or more will be part of the Founding Circle for this exciting new leadership program.

Come meet our inaugural Spiritual Activist in Residence, Charles Joseph, whose wisdom, leadership, and expertise will contribute to campaigns that uplift the sacredness of all people across bars and borders.  

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Jan 2021: Faith-Rooted Organizing Training

Now is the moment to deepen our faith and sharpen our organizing skills!

WHO: All people wanting to deepen their spiritually-rooted non-violent organizing, direct action and change making. Previous experience not required!

WHAT: This two-part training will deepen your understanding of the theory and skills of how to be an effective organizer in the world. It will help you to tap into your own deep values, motivations and visions. It will help you more fully integrate the gifts of your own faith and religious practices into your social justice work. Grounded in a feminist framework and nonviolent resistance, it will connect you to a rich organizing model and ethos that grows out of the civil rights movement, liberation struggles in other countries and worker justice struggles in the U.S.

Faith Rooted Organizing Training

Friday, January 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m. PST
Saturday, January 9, 9:00-4:00pm PST
This event will take place via Zoom, with scheduled breaks and time for lunch. Plan to attend the full two-day training to get the most of this experience.

Optional additional training:
Sunday, January 24, 1-4 p.m. Engage in Current Campaigns

IMPACT: This training has proven transformative to the veteran and novice social justice advocate alike. It is an effective way to energize yourself and others in your congregation or network and help build a common framework and ethos among colleagues. Faith Rooted Organizing invites us to move beyond winning campaigns and calls us closer to our holistic goal of building the beloved community—which we urgently need to live into.

Suggested donation for the training is $30-75. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Please register your interest here, then donate below:

Sponsored by:

East Bay Housing Organization, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy and Oakland Peace Center.