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Jan. 7, 2015
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 Diverse voices of faith will join together to strengthen Oregon communities for

Interfaith Advocacy Day 2015

 

WHAT:        Interfaith Advocacy Day 2015, “Raising diverse voices of faith to strengthen Oregon communities” – Since 1999, people of faith from across the state of Oregon have gathered in Salem for Interfaith Advocacy Day, a unique opportunity to collectively raise our voices to advocate for a hopeful future for all Oregonians. Please join us for a day of interfaith worship, dialogue, education and advocacy on behalf of Oregonians who face hunger, homelessness, threats of violence or a lack of access to affordable health care. Activities will include an interfaith panel on “Confronting Poverty, Promoting Economic Equality and Preventing Gun Violence,” training in advocacy skills, issue briefings, visits with legislators, and a keynote address by Nichole June Maher, director and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation. Individuals and groups from congregations and community organizations are encouraged to participate. The registration fee is $20 per person ($10 for students) and includes lunch and materials.

Register securely online or download a registration brochure at www.emoregon.org;

for more information, call (503) 221-1054. The registration deadline is Feb. 4, 2015. 

 

WHO:         Interfaith Advocacy Day 2015 is sponsored by: Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon; Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon; Interfaith Council of Greater Portland; Islamic Society of Greater Portland; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Oregon; Muslim Educational Trust; Oregon Area Jewish Committee; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Pacific University Center for Peace & Spirituality; and Unitarian Universalist Voices for Justice. Endorsers to date include: Central Presbyterian, Church of Scientology of Portland, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Neveh Shalom, Covenant Presbyterian, Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon, Episcopal Diocese of Oregon-Commision to End Racism, First Unitarian of Portland, Havurah Shalom, Inter-Religious Action Network of Washington County, L'Arche Portland, Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, Oregon Alliance to Prevent Gun Violence, P'Nai Or of Portland Tikkun Olam Committee, Parkrose Community United Church of Christ, St. Luke Lutheran, St. Mark Presbyterian, St. Paul's Episcopal, Smyrna United Church of Christ, SnowCap and Vermont Hills United Methodist.      

                                                                              

WHY:          To bring together people from many faiths to answer the call to be a voice for the voiceless, as they speak out for compassion, human dignity and an end to poverty.

 

WHEN:       Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; registration check-in begins at 8 a.m.

 

WHERE:      St. Mark Lutheran Church, 790 Marion St. NE, Salem, Ore. Doors open at 8 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, where all morning activities are scheduled. The afternoon will feature a procession to the State Capitol Building and meetings with state legislators. 

                   Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, environmental ministry and public policy advocacy.

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What Is A CSAI?

One approach used by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to focus attention and congregational energy on key issues is a multi-year process executed at General Assembly. The Congregation Study and Action Issue (CSAI) helps us create an effective process.

CSAIs are issues selected by Unitarian Universalist member congregations for four years of study, reflection and action. In the third year of this process, delegates at General Assembly (GA) can vote to approve a Statement of Conscience (SOC) resulting from congregational feedback on the CSAI. A fourth year is devoted to implementation.

Approved CSAI at Providence GA 2014: Escalating Inequality

Upward mobility—the American Dream—has become a myth. Concentration of wealth and power has skyrocketed. King’s dream of justice and equality has fractured. Half of all Americans are impoverished or struggling, as the middle class shrinks and billionaires take the profits. Where’s our commitment to the Common Good? Grounding in Unitarian Universalism

Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition places its faith in people to create a more loving community for all, guided by “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations”. Challenging extreme inequality has now become a moral imperative, just as prior generations have led movements from abolition to civil rights and marriage equality.

Read more at http://www.uua.org/statements/current/290506.shtml  
and contact First Unitarian Social Justice Minister, Rev. Kate Lore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

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UUA Vote to Disinvest

Delegates at the 2014 General Assembly (GA) in Providence, RI, last month passed a resolution calling for divestment from fossil fuel companies in the UUA Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF). A CT200 company is identified by the Carbon Tracker Initiative as controlling the largest shares of fossil fuel reserves among publicly traded companies.

The resolution requires the UUA to:
• Cease purchasing securities of CT200 companies as UUCEF investments immediately
• Continue to divest its UUCEF holdings of directly held securities of CT 200 companies, reaching full divestment of these companies within five years
• Work with its current and prospective pooled-asset managers for the purpose of creating more fossil fuel-free investment opportunities, with the objective of full divestment of UUCEF indirect holdings in CT200 companies within five years
• Invest an appropriate share of UUCEF holdings in securities that will support a swift transition to a clean energy economy, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency-related securities
• Report, via the UUA President and the Treasurer, to each General Assembly from 2015 through 2019 on our Association's progress on the above resolutions
 
Following the vote, UUA President Peter Morales said, ''The UUA has a long-standing history of fighting for our environment. I am proud that we are going to put our money where our values are on this issue.'' 
 
The resolution allows the UUA to retain investments in fossil fuel companies with which it is engaged in shareholder actions seeking environmental justice. David Stewart, co-chair of the UUA's Socially Responsible Investing Committee, stated, ''We are encouraged that the UUA can continue its longstanding successes in shareholder advocacy while helping to lead the divestment movement with the approval of today's fossil fuel divestment resolution. We believe strongly that any effort that can change the current trajectory of climate change is a welcome improvement.''
 
The UUA has a long history of shareholder activism on a variety of issues including environmental justice. 

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