The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of an individual and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Faith Action Network. FAN is an interfaith organization, committed to celebrating and embracing the diversity of faith traditions. If you have questions about FAN’s position on any public policy issues, please feel free to contact the FAN office at (206) 625-9790 or

Celebrating Life-Saving Vaccines


Rev. Cecilia Kingman is the Minister for Faith and Justice at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and lives with her family in Tukwila. Vaccines are a big deal in my family. My dad contracted polio at the age of nine, just a few years before the polio vaccine was released. He spent months in an iron lung, unable to breathe on his own. He knew that many other children in his ward never went home. Dad's lungs and legs were affected. He walked with a limp afterwards, and when Post-Polio Syndrome arrived many decades later, surprising medical professionals with its mysterious [...]

Celebrating Life-Saving Vaccines2021-04-30T10:01:57-07:00

Challenge 2.0: Prayer and Politics


What do Faith and Politics have to do with each other? FAN Co-Directors were part of a conversation about Faith and Politics that premiered this week. We offer this video blog that you can use to start your own conversations in community. Thank you to Paths To Understanding and their wonderful Challenge 2.0 media program, so graciously hosted by Jeff Renner. What is the proper relationship between faith, politics and government? Are they exclusive, or does an active faith life demand involvement in politics and government policy? In this week’s edition of Challenge 2.0, we meet with members of a group [...]

Challenge 2.0: Prayer and Politics2021-03-05T14:27:27-08:00

Dr. Jasmit Singh’s Interfaith Reflection for IFAD 2021


Dr. Jasmit Singh provided the opening Interfaith Leader's reflection for Interfaith Advocacy Day 2021. See the recording of this event on FAN's YouTube page. Good Morning and Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa | Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh || It is so wonderful to see so many volunteers from across the state representing different faith traditions join today for the Interfaith Advocacy Day.  I want to thank FAN, Elise, Paul and the FAN Board for putting this day together.  I wanted to share with you a reflection on why it is so important for us to use our voices - to speak up [...]

Dr. Jasmit Singh’s Interfaith Reflection for IFAD 20212021-02-15T16:50:38-08:00

Faith Leaders Support R-90


An op-ed written by Rev. Yvonne Agduyeng (she/her), Pastor of Seattle First United Methodist Church. As a pastor, I will always advocate for the safety and health of young people, which is why I strongly encourage you to vote to approve Referendum 90. My faith tradition calls me to nurture loving relationships and I believe that a vote to approve R-90 will foster safe and effective spaces for youth to access information and learn about healthy relationships. On the November ballot, R-90 asks voters to approve or reject Washington Senate Bill 5395. Approved by the legislature and signed into law by [...]

Faith Leaders Support R-902020-10-16T14:13:22-07:00

Be Counted: A Census Sermon


A Census sermon given by Zahra Roach, FAN Census Equity Team and Pasco City Councilmember, at Community Unitarian Universalist Church. Download the accompanying slides. Good morning friends, my name is Zahra and I am so glad that you could be here with me to tell you about what I have been working on. As a Census Equity Outreach Coordinator for Faith Action Network (FAN), I have been meeting with faith communities in Mid-Columbia to present the importance of Census Participation, especially in communities of color and immigrant communities. Before the stay-at-home orders, I spent time in the Yakima Valley at the [...]

Be Counted: A Census Sermon2020-05-04T12:07:14-07:00

Doing Justice, Loving Kindness during COVID-19


by Rev. Mike Denton, Conference Minister for the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ In 1888, a huge snowstorm hit the US that no one saw coming. At that point and time, weather prediction was in its earliest stages and the primary weather information that was available came from looking at the sky, factoring in the wind direction, and guessing whether or not the clouds you saw on the horizon might be coming your way. In some areas, the day started with clear skies and mild temperatures but, within a couple of hours, temperatures plunged into the twenties, [...]

Doing Justice, Loving Kindness during COVID-192020-05-04T12:08:38-07:00

Take Risks. Think Strategically. Ask for Help. Do It Anyway. (Kol Nidre 5780)


 Yom Kippur sermon by Rabbi Seth Goldstein from Temple Hatfiloh “One who destroys a single life, it is as if one has destroyed an entire world. One who saves a single life, it is as if they have saved an entire world.” This is a teaching from the Talmud, a powerful, important teaching—one that invokes the preciousness of human life, and the care we must show to our fellow human beings. It is a line that even shows up at the end of the movie Schindler’s List, when the surviving Jews present Oskar Schindler with a ring engraved with this phrase, [...]

Take Risks. Think Strategically. Ask for Help. Do It Anyway. (Kol Nidre 5780)2020-01-07T14:11:26-08:00

FAN Blog Guide for Writers


Thank you for contributing to Faith Action Network’s blog! We’re excited to share the wisdom and perspectives of those engaged in our network, and to delve deeper into the spiritual and religious foundations of our work in the interfaith community and in Washington. We invite you to write a blog post about how your theology, faith, practices, or traditions shape how you see and do advocacy. How does your faith guide your social conscience? You might want to be specific, highlighting the ways your faith compels you to act on a specific issue (for inspiration, check out FAN’s key issues on [...]

FAN Blog Guide for Writers2020-01-16T14:29:48-08:00

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