FAN board and staff members at our hybrid retreat. In photo on the left, front row, left to right: Sabiha Khan, Kristin Ang, Aneelah Afzali, Dr. Jasmit Singh, Elizabeth Dickinson; back row, left to right: Rev. Eric Don Anderson, Rev. Carol Jensen, Elise DeGooyer, Jonis Davis, Rev. Jim CastroLang, Carolyn Stevens. In photo on the right, clockwise from lower right: Jess Ingman, Rev. Nigel Taber-Hamilton, Rabbi Jason Levine. Not pictured: Dr. Edward Donalson. Statewide Planning Retreat FAN governing board and staff enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet in person and on line this week in a statewide planning retreat. We [...]
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In the midst of some difficult weeks in June, we gave thanks for the ability to celebrate community. At Pride events across the state, faith communities marched to celebrate God’s Love as affirming and inclusive. Pictured are some members of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran at Seattle Pride, and FAN board member Rev. Jim CastroLang marching with FAN advocates at Spokane Pride. Follow-up to Supreme Court Decisions These past weeks, we have been following U.S. Supreme Court decisions that will adversely impact the people we love and the inclusive society we seek to uphold. Today’s decision that limits the Environmental Protection Agency’s [...]
As a multi-faith organization that values the sacred nature of human beings, care for our neighbors, and protecting human rights and religious freedom in public policy, Faith Action Network Governing Board and staff decries today’s decision by the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. We are compelled to speak out because of the negative impacts on the health and well-being of millions of women, with a disproportionate impact on women of color, those with limited resources, and/or those who live in states where all abortions will become illegal. This reversal will increase the inequalities that already are so much part [...]
Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Gun Violence Victims June 15, 2022 Remarks by Aneelah Afzali, FAN Board Member and Executive Director, American Muslim Empowerment Network In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate. Good evening sisters and brothers, family and friends. My name is Aneelah Afzali, and I’m with the Muslim Association of Puget Sound, the Faith Action Network, and the Interfaith Advisory Council for Everytown for Gun Safety. Safety from gun violence is a faith value, and every town deserves such safety! Tonight we remember those in towns deprived of such safety. Uvalde, Buffalo – and the roughly 270 other [...]
Unity Candlelight Vigil Mount Zion Baptist Church Rabbi Jason Levine, Associate Rabbi, Temple Beth Am, Seattle June 15, 2022 Mi Shebeirach Avoteinu v’Imoteinu, the God of our ancestors, we stand here before You, tears in our eyes, our hearts shattered, our souls aching from each beautiful life, each beautiful light that has been snuffed out by more gun violence. We stand here before You offering prayers of lamentation and songs of sorrow. We stand here before You in mourning, and united in love. We once again find ourselves Bamidbar, “in the wilderness.” Just a few weeks ago, Jewish communities around [...]
FAN members have been praying, marching, and calling for action to prevent gun violence in recent weeks. Pictured at left is Pastor Erik ?Kindem of Peace Lutheran, Seattle, in last week’s march from Temple De Hirsch Sinai to St. James Cathedral. FAN supporter Mark White has shared a beautiful photo album of that event. At right, FAN board, staff, and faith leaders Aneelah Afzali, Elise DeGooyer, Abbot Genjo Marinello, Carolyn Stevens, and Kristin Ang attended the Alliance for Gun Responsibility press conference. Thank you for all you are doing in your communities to call for stronger policies.Turning Grief Into ActionWhile we [...]
Spring 2022 Dear friend of FAN, We trust that springtime is greening all around you, especially in our beautiful state where change is seen in the new green growth of evergreens, the melting snows filling the rivers, and purple lupine blooms in the desert. Every year at this time, we at FAN reach out to you with reflection on what we have accomplished, and what our own growing edge is for the year ahead, as we invite your financial support. This spring we celebrate with you the good work of FAN staff, advocates, and coalition partners in passing important bills [...]
Pastor Lisa Connolly and Julie Clark of Coupeville United Methodist Church shared this memorial of empty chairs for the lives lost in Uvalde, Texas, this week. We grieve and take action together. Our Grief and Prayers Cry Out for Action We join our prayers with yours and so many rising up in grief during these weeks of tragedy and gun violence in Uvalde, Buffalo, Irvine, and other places not as prominent in the news, and as we remember the murder of George Floyd two years ago. We join voices calling out for immediate, significant decrease in the availability of lethal weapons [...]
Plans are coming together in each of four regions across our state to meet in person and on Zoom as we reconnect for justice. With gratitude to our hosts, all the locations are now reserved, and we look forward to welcoming you for a hybrid summit experience. We will make time for conversation that reintroduces ourselves to each other, as well as strategic conversations about issues. Please register soon – we are eager to hear your input! Registration is at fanwa.org/regional-spring-summits. Decline to Sign I-1929 With our coalition partners at Balance Our Tax Code, we are asking for your help to [...]