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Interfaith Prayer Vigil – Aneelah Afzali Prayer


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 [...]

Interfaith Prayer Vigil – Aneelah Afzali Prayer2022-06-18T13:13:08-07:00

Interfaith Prayer Vigil – Rabbi Jason Levine Remarks


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 [...]

Interfaith Prayer Vigil – Rabbi Jason Levine Remarks2022-06-18T13:13:54-07:00

Spring Appeal Letter


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 [...]

Spring Appeal Letter2022-06-09T14:53:38-07:00

Turning to One Another – Elizabeth Dickinson Sermon


Elizabeth Dickinson offered the sermon excerpted here at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Seattle, March 13, 2022. I’m so delighted to be with you today to formally welcome you into the community of critical connections we call the Faith Action Network. We need your energy and courage, and I hope you need ours. The Faith Action Network, or FAN as we informally call it, is a web of communities from different religious traditions around the state. Westside UU Congregation is now one of 163 communities in this “network of mutuality,” to use Martin Luther King, Jr’s words. As Unitarians, you may [...]

Turning to One Another – Elizabeth Dickinson Sermon2022-03-23T15:28:05-07:00

IFAD Opening by Rabbi Avi Fine


Text of the IFAD opening by Rabbi Avi Fine, Assistant Rabbi, Temple De Hirsch Sinai February 10, 2022 "Good morning all and thank you for a being a part of FAN’s Interfaith Advocacy Day. Allow me to open with one of my favorite Jewish texts related to using your voice civically. This text comes from the Talmud, which is a collection of Jewish law, codified around the 6th-8th centuries CE. The authors, who we refer to as “the rabbis,” are writing as leaders of a Jewish community with very little power relative to the outside forces in the countries in [...]

IFAD Opening by Rabbi Avi Fine2022-02-11T17:57:57-08:00

An Invocation for a New Season of Advocacy by Juli Prentice


Juli Prentice (she/her) FAN Intern, Candidate In-Care for Ordination in the Northern Lights Region Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Giver of life – Oh beating heart of the universe which binds all of our human and more than human world to together in a common fate, We know that your eyes are on the most vulnerable in our midst and your ears are open to their cries. We gather today as advocates for justice, for peace, well-being, and wholeness: to work on behalf of those most adversely affected by greed, selfishness, and shortsightedness. We gather out of love for our [...]

An Invocation for a New Season of Advocacy by Juli Prentice2022-01-18T14:31:36-08:00

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

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