Repairers of the Breach: Advancing an Interfaith Moral Agenda

We at the Temple of Understanding are inspired by Repairers of the Breach, who are nonpartisan and in the inclusive interfaith tradition of people of faith and no faith advancing a moral agenda:

“Repairers of the Breach, Inc. is a nonpartisan and ecumenical organization that seeks to build a progressive agenda rooted in a moral framework to counter the ultra-conservative constructs that try to dominate the public square. Repairers will help frame public policies which are not constrained or confined by the narrow tenets of neo-conservatism. Repairers will bring together clergy and lay people from different faith traditions, with people without a spiritual practice but who share the moral principles at the heart of the great moral teachings. Repairers will expand a “school of prophets” who can broadly spread the vision of a nation that is just and loving.” [www.breachrepairers.org]

“A truly moral agenda must be anti-racist, anti-poverty, pro-justice, pro-labor, transformative and deeply rooted and built within a fusion coalition.  It would ask of all policy, is the policy Constitutionally consistent, morally defensible and economically sane.  We call this moral analysis and moral articulation which leads to moral activism.”  —Rev. Dr. William, J. Barber, II

 

 

Videos of the sessions of the New Poor People’s Campaign Teach-In are available online.

Part One | Why a Poor People’s Campaign?
Part Two | Voting Rights
Part Three | Race and Poverty Audit
Part Four | Poverty, Economic Inequality and Race
Part Five | Health Care
Part Six | Militarism and the Cost of War
Part Seven | Ecological Devastation and Climate Change

Gender justice is not lifted up as a separate part; we note that 8 of the 14 speakers are women.

 

The first few minutes of Rev. Barber preaching in this video are particularly inspiring and lead into a longer sermon.

Revival and Resiliency After Rejection | Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II

“We Declared a Higher Ground”: Moral Day of Action + Action Items

On September 16, Repairers of the Breach called for a Moral Day of Action. What an amazing turnout as we all prepare for the November election!

In 30 state capitols and the District of Columbia, rabbis, imams, priests and preachers stood with people impacted by unjust policies to declare, in one voice, that some issues are not liberal or conservative, but right versus wrong.

Repairers of the Breach Moral Day of Action

“I was in tears as I watched hundreds of news stories come in from across the country, and saw the faces of so many impacted persons and moral leaders through images and videos shared on Twitter. In fact, I learned during our press conference in Raleigh that our coordinated actions was the highest trending topic on Twitter through the #MoralDayofAction, #MoralRevial, and #MoralAgenda hashtags.” –Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Rev. Dr. Barber is Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina and architect of the Forward Together Moral Movement that gained national acclaim with its Moral Monday protests at the North Carolina General Assembly in 2013. These weekly actions drew tens of thousands of North Carolinians and other moral witnesses to the state legislature.

What are the next steps? Repairers of the Breach say:

1. We need you to organize and get to the polls and vote for candidates who will embrace a moral agenda! If you believe in your community, in your neighbors, and in the heart of this nation, you cannot sit this election or any election out! Sister Simone Campbell and our friends at NETWORK have put together these election resources. We will also keep updating our action page with tools to help support your efforts.

2. We call on rabbis, imams, priest, pastors, and other clerics to preach and teach about the moral agenda. We must work together to reframe the moral conversation in our local communities. Economic justice, criminal justice reform, equality in education, healthcare access for all, equal protection under the law – these are the moral issues of our time! Please preach and teach about these issues on at least two weekends (if not every weekend) between now and the November election.

Read more on BreachRepairers.org >>

New Partnerships between Religions and International Organizations Tackle Sustainable Development

Via One Country, the Newsletter of the Bahá’í International Community:

BRISTOL, UK — The images of religious leaders in diverse garb, marching behind colorful banners with symbols of the world’s major faiths, conveyed a sense of the sacred nature of a meeting held in this historic English seaport in September 2015.

But at the head of the procession was an ensign with the logo of the United Nations — an institution generally concerned with more worldly affairs.

The juxtaposition, however, conveys well the theme of the meeting and its agenda, which was to develop a series of action plans by faith communities in support of Agenda 2030, the new global development plan adopted by the UN later in the month.

The faith community action plans, which include things like pledges to develop microcredit programs for the poor, increase access to education, plant trees, invest in clean energy, and establish green pilgrimages, were welcomed by officials from the United Nations, who were present at the meeting.

Click to read more on faith communities and sustainable development from One Country >>

World Humanitarian Summit 2016 Wrap-Up

Via UN OCHA:

The first World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May 2016 in Istanbul convened 9000 participants from 173 Member States, including 55 Heads of State and Government, hundreds of private sector representatives, and thousands of people from civil society and non- governmental organizations. The United Nations in its 70 years has never come together at this scale, with this many different stakeholders, to discuss the pressing challenges that are resulting in so much suffering today. www.worldhumanitariansummit.org