At All Saints Church one of our core values is putting our faith into action. We believe our personal journeys of faith are informed by and made accountable to the world’s deep needs when we commit ourselves to the courageous and risk-filled work of peace and justice. We take action locally, nationally and globally on issues from hunger & poverty to marriage equality; from ending torture to building interfaith bridges of understanding; from peacemaking to immigration reform; from environmental sustainability to economic justice.
This week’s Action:
Each week we put our faith into action.
This Sunday we are writing to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy supporting proposed carbon standards for power plants.
Carbon pollution is the main contributor to climate disruption and is linked to life-threatening air pollution like asthma-inducing smog, making it a serious hazard to Americans' health and future. Power plants are some of our nation's top sources of this dangerous pollutant.
Here is a letter you can send to your member of the House.
On November 24 we wrote to our senators and members of the House asking that they oppose any actions within Congress that would undermine negotiations with Iran.
Some within Congress are proposing an authorization to use force and/or increased sanctions, which could possibly shutdown the opening to Iran currently being pursued by the government. We support giving the government space to pursue diplomacy.
You can still use these letters to send to your member of the House, Sen. Feinstein, or Sen. Boxer.
On November 17 we wrote to our members in the House of Representatives asking them to work for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. ENDA simply affords to all Americans basic employment protection from discrimination based on irrational prejudice.
Please click here for a list of representatives that have co-sponsored ENDA. If your representative is on this list, click here for a letter of thanks.
If your representative is not on the above list, click here for a letter encouraging support.
We encourage you to print and send one of the above letters to your House representative. If you’d like to take further action online, please use this link to urge House Speaker Boehner to call a vote on ENDA.
November 10 was Children’s Advocacy Sunday and the Sunday before Veterans Day. We invited people to pick up informational materials from the Children’s Defense Fund and take a few minutes to write a card or letter of appreciation to a service member. Your cards and letters were distributed by military chaplains through the Soldier’s Angels project.
On November 3 we called on Congress to support Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Benefits.
Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Benefits have long been foundational programs of economic security. They have uplifted the elderly out of poverty liberating many of their families from having to economically support them. They have provided security to surviving children and spouses, those unable to work due to disability and those who have served the country. Today, the middle class is disappearing, real unemployment is extremely high, poverty is increasing and working families throughout the country are struggling to keep their heads above water economically. We must not balance the budget on the back of working families, the elderly, the children, the sick, the poor and those who have served their country. We call on our nation’s leaders to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Benefits.
Please go to the action table to sign a letter to our leaders in Washington and for additional information.
Copies of the letters to President Obama, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer and Congressional Leadership and a letter to your member of the House can be found here.
Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD)
On November 10 we asked that you contribute to relief for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
On September 8 and 15 we asked you to raise your voices on the impending military action in Syria and contribute to relief for victims of the Syrian civil war through ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development). You can still take action through the links below.
To donate online to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) use this link to the ERD website.
If you saw the wonderful presentation by Sr. Diane Donoghue of Nuns On The Bus in the Forum on June 16 and would like to support their efforts at immigration reform, you can do so by going to www.nunsonthebus.org.
You can find your member of the United State House of Representatives at www.house.gov.
You can find your member of the California State Assembly at www.assembly.ca.gov.
You can find your member of the California State Senate at www.senate.ca.gov.
Episcopal Relief and Development provides vital relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters. You can donate by using this link to the ERD website.
Volunteer for the Action Table
If you would like to help with the Action Table ministry by giving 15 or 20 minutes of your time after one of the Sunday services, please use this Doodle link to sign up. Thank you.
For more information, visit the Peace & Justice pages and explore where your deep gladness meets one of the world’s deep hungers – and join us in putting your faith into action.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or "Obamacare," is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
One of the great peacemaking challenges of our time is the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and All Saints Church’s long standing commitment to peace with justice has called us into that challenge.
We asked the Rev. James Lawson, a key strategist and organizer of the Civil Rights Movement, and close advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to teach us about nonviolence in a very successful Lent study group of over 100 people. Many All Saints members also participated in a series of workshops he led on Nonviolent Civil Disobedience. Economic Justice and Nonviolence Working Groups emerged separately out of these sessions, and were later combined to maximize capacity and collaboration. This group was mandated to create opportunities for Peace & Justice ministries to implement principles of both economic justice and nonviolence in their work of service, advocacy, and equipping.
All Saints Church stands firmly against torture. We have joined forces with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture to urge Congress to create an independent commission of inquiry into investigate U.S. torture policies and practices.
We are -- all of us --in some sense immigrants and sojourners, strangers in a strange land seeking a homeland. Some of us or members of our families have personally experienced hardships and, at times, unspeakable indignities, in coming to America.
At All Saints Church we are committed to the proposition that peace and justice making are not options for the world’s great religions. Rather peace and justice making are central mandates for us all the world’s great religions.
All Saints Church is proud to have been in the forefront of the struggle for marriage equality in the State of California just as we have been in the forefront of LGBT equality in the Episcopal Church.