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Doing Justice, Loving Kindness during COVID-19

2020-05-04T12:08:38-07:00

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

Legislative Session Week Five: Keep Important Bills Moving

2020-07-21T14:30:52-07:00

A complete and accurate count for Census 2020 is a justice issue! Won't you join us for the 2020 Census Faith-Based Community Summit next Wednesday, February 19? Learn more at the Facebook event. Week Five in Review The fiscal cutoff for this session was Tuesday, February 11 - any bill with a fiscal note that had not passed out of committee is essentially dead for the session. All five fiscal committees heard a lot of bills on Tuesday, especially the Senate Ways & Means and House Appropriations Committees. As we near February 19 when bills must be voted out of the chamber of origin, legislators have [...]

Legislative Session Week Five: Keep Important Bills Moving2020-07-21T14:30:52-07:00

Legislative Session Week Three

2020-07-21T14:27:49-07:00

We had a great turnout of about 150 at the Eastern Washington Legislative Conference last weekend. We are grateful for our many partners who co-sponsored the event, and for Spokane Valley United Methodist Church who hosted! Week Three in Review Monday: Paul testified on a Vulnerable Adults bill (SB 6287 Pedersen) with our partners at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in the Senate Law & Justice Committee. This bill will prevent abuse of vulnerable adults by strengthening the state guardianship program and expanding the rights of those covered by the program. Tuesday: Rep. Morgan, a member of the House Black Caucus, [...]

Legislative Session Week Three2020-07-21T14:27:49-07:00

Legislative Session Week One

2020-07-21T14:23:56-07:00

There are so many ways to pay tribute to Dr. King across the state this weekend. Thank you Seattle MLK, Jr. Organizing Coalition for this graphic! Week One in Review Week one of the legislative session included over 100 committee hearings, the official seating of new members, the Governor's annual State of the State address, and the collection of co-sponsors before proposals become official bills. Both the House and the Senate passed bills this week, a highlight of which was a success for FAN's Legislative Agenda - the Agriculture Carbon Sequestration bill (SB 5947) which passed the Senate at 32 yeas, 17 nays! [...]

Legislative Session Week One2020-07-21T14:23:56-07:00

2020 Legislative Session Begins

2020-07-21T14:21:18-07:00

Signup today to receive our weekly E-News and alerts. Getting Ready for the WA Legislative Session Monday, January 13 is the first day of the 2020 legislature, and your voice and presence will be needed throughout the 60-day session. Last month, the governor released his supplemental budget where the main focus was reducing homelessness by using money from our state's Rainy Day fund, requiring a two-thirds vote from each chamber. FAN supports the use of the emergency fund given the grave emergency of our state's housing and homelessness issue. We also support appropriating $10M for the Housing Trust Fund in our Capital [...]

2020 Legislative Session Begins2020-07-21T14:21:18-07:00

Take Action: Climate Change

2020-07-21T14:18:37-07:00

Climate change is an ever-pressing issue for today and is a top concern for FAN’s network. This week, we encourage you to take action on one of these three opportunities to heal our physical world: Advocate: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is working on a Clean Fuel Standard to address the issue of pollution caused by transportation, which is the largest source of climate pollution in Washington state. This proposal would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 25% by 2030 by setting a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. You can take action by signing the Washington Environmental Council’s letter to [...]

Take Action: Climate Change2020-07-21T14:18:37-07:00

Protecting Immigrants at our Doors

2020-07-21T13:23:12-07:00

As you may have heard, two reports of immigration enforcement-related activities were reported at the end of November by programs serving people experiencing homelessness. A social worker at the family shelter hosted by Redmond United Methodist Church reported a suspicious woman who posed as someone seeking shelter, proceeded to ask detailed questions about the space, and attempted to interview other families about a family she was seeking. She was seen hours later talking with someone in a Customs and Border Patrol vehicle. This woman then appeared at the New Bethlehem Day Center for homeless families the next day. For more [...]

Protecting Immigrants at our Doors2020-07-21T13:23:12-07:00

Support the EITC and CTC

2019-12-18T10:55:23-08:00

The Coalition on Human Needs is calling for action to urge Sen. Cantwell to support expanding the Earned-Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.  These programs help working families and individuals provide for basic needs, lifting 8.9 million people out of poverty in 2018. Sen. Cantwell is supporting a major tax credit for developers to create affordable housing, but she is stopping there in her support of low income people. Call Sen. Cantwell’s DC office at 206-224-3441 between now and Monday, October 21 with this message: “Any tax package that passes this year must include an expansion of the Earned [...]

Support the EITC and CTC2019-12-18T10:55:23-08:00

Federal Rule Changes

2020-07-21T12:35:00-07:00

As a seemingly nonstop flurry of federal rule changes are proposed by the Trump administration, we are thankful for small successes and call for continued action to protect our neighbors. We were excited to hear last week that in a multi-state battle against Public Charge, a federal judge in Spokane issued a nation-wide injunction to block this policy from taking effect on October 15 while the cases continue. Thank you to all who commented on and spread the word about this unjust policy that targets the well-being of immigrant families. Other rule changes are still accepting comments – take action today to stop [...]

Federal Rule Changes2020-07-21T12:35:00-07:00

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

2020-01-07T14:11:26-08:00

 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

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