Witness for Justice in Worship

Sept 12 Moral Revival in Albany

There are two opportunities over the next month to raise awareness in your faith community of important moral issues facing our state.

Moral Declaration Worship Weekend

Following up on the September 12 national Higher Ground Moral Day of Action, Repairers of the Breach and Rev. Dr. William Barber are calling on faith communities around the country to take part in a Moral Declaration Worship Weekend.

Over the weekends of October 14-16 and/or November 4-6, faith leaders are invited to lift up the issues and values of the Higher Ground Moral Declaration during services. As Americans prepare to vote in local, state and national elections, the Moral Declaration Worship Weekend will highlight the relationship between our deepest spiritual and ethical values and the policies that shape our common life.

Click here to access a toolkit, which includes a planning guide, scripture and music suggestions,  a sample litany, flyer and bulletin insert.

Together to End Solitary

The National Religious Campaign Against Torture and the New York Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement have been holding solidarity actions on the 23rd of each month to call for an end to the use of solitary confinement. (Twenty-three represents the number of hours people are held in isolation each day).

With friends from the New York Interfaith Campaign Against Torture, we've gathered some resources to incorporate into worship services. We invite you to consider the weekend of October 22-23 as an opportunity to shine a light to this ongoing issue in our state prisons and jails. Some ideas to incorporate into worship:

- Hold a moment of reflective silence for 2 minutes and 30 seconds - Preach or speak on themes of mercy and care for people in prison - Show a short video clip about about solitary confinement - Read stories of survivors of solitary during worship

Click here for a bulletin insert and other worship resources from The National Religious Campaign Against Torture and T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call For Human Rights.

We hope you find these resources helpful to your faith community.

Comments or reflections on your congregation's experience are welcome!