Purpose To create a conversation that will help people of faith from a variety of backgrounds and traditions connect their theology with the current struggle against white supremacy and racism, and calls to divest from policing and incarceration to invest in community services that create true liberation. Join Rabbi Elana Zelony, Reverend Ray Jordan, and Reverend Kamilah Hall Sharp for a conversation about theology, liberation, policing, and prisons! These dynamic faith leaders will discuss how their diverse faith traditions speak […]
The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another. It also prohibits the government from unduly preferring religion over non-religion, or non-religion over religion. Faith Commons was created to promote the common good through encouraging people of all faiths and none to bring their spiritual identities and convictions […]
This year’s election will be unlike any other due to COVID-19, the removal of straight-party ticket voting, the reduced number of polling places, and the fact that, due to an increase in vote-by-mail ballots, the outcome of the election will almost certainly not be determined on November 3 or 4. COVID-19 concerns, efforts to cast doubt on the integrity of the election, and threats of voter intimidation have increased anxiety about showing up to vote. Please join Reverend George Mason […]
A Conversation with Melissa Rogers Author of Faith in American Public Life and “A Time To Heal, A Time To Build” How will religious liberty be defined for our nation in the future, and how can we individually and collectively model a definition that protects religion from government and government from religion, while still advocating for the public good? The results and aftermath of the November 3 election have indicated that our country is even more divided than we thought.
The 87th Legislature is just around the corner, and the question of whether or not to expand access to health care, and how to do it, will likely be on the agenda. Join us for a discussion about healthcare in Texas where we will seek to understand the arguments for and against healthcare expansion. We invite you to review these resources and articles prior to the conversation: Statement of the problem in Texas: https://www.healthinsurance.org/texas-medicaid/ https://www.texmed.org/Template.aspx?id=55482 How each of the State […]
How can congregations help their members deal with divisive questions that dominate the news and invade their worship spaces? They include: “What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism?” “How are Christian nationalism and white supremacy linked?” “How can we identify and root out Christian nationalism in our congregations?” These are hard questions that confront congregations across the country, noted Amanda Tyler, executive director of Washington-based BJC (Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty), the only national faith-based group solely focused on […]