Pope Francis's powerful address to Congress reminded Americans that, at its heart, public policy is about values.
"Politics is an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its good, its interests, its social life," he told lawmakers.
At Labor-Religion Coalition, we're committed to engaging people of faith in building a New York State that serves the greatest common good. We believe that learning, sharing and reflecting together is an essential part of that work - and that our faith communities are ideal places for this to happen.
This fall, we've worked with congregations around the state to host Labor in the Pulpit/Minbar/on the Bimah events. At St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Ithaca, our Lead Organizer preached and gave a presentation on income inequality in New York State. In Albany, a fast food worker shared her story during mass at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Additional workshops and presentations are planned for the next few weeks in Seneca Falls, Albany and Rochester.
Is your congregation ready to join in? Hosting a Labor in the Pulpit/Minbar/on the Bimah event is a great way to incorporate education and reflection on economic justice into the life of your congregation. Contact us and we can work with you to plan a program, such as:
Adult Education Workshops on income inequality, the Fight for 15, public education equity, and/or a moral budget for New York. (Format and content can be customized to your congregation.)
Workers and/or organizers sharing their stories with your congregation. This is a great way to build connections between your congregation and local campaigns for worker justice.