We pray for our Nation and its leaders and while we pray we also watch. We take seriously our call to Love God and to love our neighbor for the transformation of the world. Here you will find efforts that we invite you to take in order to affect positive and moral change in our life together.
Time to Call Your Legislator
Any time this week
Join the Sacred Resistance team by calling your congressperson. If you have friends and family in other states, please forward this email to them and encourage them to make calls as well. There are many issues coming to a head on the hill and your legislators need to hear from you. You can support the continual saving of the Affordable Healthcare Act and voice your displeasure of the SCOTUS nominee (see the current whip count).
If you haven’t called your legislators before, Sojo has a great how to call guide. We encourage everyone to read or reread again. The Friend Committee on National Legislation has further resources for when your representatives agree with you and when you disagree.
Community Organizing Training
Tuesday March 28, 7-9pm
National City Christian Church at 5 Thomas Circle NW, Washington, DC 20005
Are you interested in immigration and community organizing? Join the Washington Interfaith Network for a community organizing training! Learn how to build power to create change in your community and learn how you can get involved with our city-wide listening campaign with directly impacted people. Whether you are new to organizing or have done it for a long time, come learn, practice and share with other leaders from congregations across downtown DC. These efforts will be yet another way we can continue to strengthen our solidarity with and support of immigrant neighbors!
A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?” He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live.”
But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, “A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day, he took two full days’ worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, ‘Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.’ What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?”
Then the legal expert said, “The one who demonstrated mercy toward him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
In January, Foundry hosted the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, the Dean of Duke University Chapel, who preached for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday. His words were prophetic and courageous, he preached about the Good Samaritan, that it was a good first action, but not the last step in seeking justice. Powery brought up that we needed to know why the road was so violent, what was the systemic reasons behind this. How come the others didn’t stop, why did the Samaritan have to pay so much out of pocket to heal the man?
The stories have flooded our newsfeeds of people who will be directly affected by the repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act and have for months. You may even have your personal story. The AHCA was never perfect, it was a first step like the Good Samaritan caring for the man on the side of the road to Jericho. Repealing the ACHA is walking by one of God’s beloved children in pain and not doing a darn thing.
Instead of repealing it, we should be addressing it and the systemic issues regarding health care. Why profit comes before people. Why a group of overwhelmingly Christians are ignoring Jesus’ words and actions. A group who knows that the most vulnerable is disproportionately affected by these changes.
As we move forward into the fight to maintain the AHCA, instead of strengthening it, I will leave you with The Social Principles section on Right to Health Care:
Health is a condition of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. John 10:10b says, “I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.” Stewardship of health is the responsibility of each person to whom health has been entrusted. Creating the personal, environmental, and social conditions in which health can thrive is a joint responsibility—public and private. We encourage individuals to pursue a healthy lifestyle and affirm the importance of preventive health care, health education, environmental and occupational safety, good nutrition, and secure housing in achieving health. Health care is a basic human right.
Providing the care needed to maintain health, prevent disease, and restore health after injury or illness is a responsibility each person owes others and government owes to all, a responsibility government ignores at its peril. In Ezekiel 34:4a, God points out the failures of the leadership of Israel to care for the weak: “You don’t strengthen the weak, heal the sick, bind up the injured, bring back the strays, or seek out the lost.” As a result all suffer. Like police and fire protection, health care is best funded through the government’s ability to tax each person equitably and directly fund the provider entities. Countries facing a public health crisis such as HIV/AIDS must have access to generic medicines and to patented medicines. We affirm the right of men and women to have access to comprehensive reproductive health/family planning information and services that will serve as a means to prevent unplanned pregnancies, reduce abortions, and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The right to health care includes care for persons with brain diseases, neurological conditions, or physical disabilities, who must be afforded the same access to health care as all other persons in our communities. It is unjust to construct or perpetuate barriers to physical or mental wholeness or full participation in community.
We believe it is a governmental responsibility to provide all citizens with health care.
We encourage hospitals, physicians, and medical clinics to provide access to primary health care to all people regardless of their health-care coverage or ability to pay for treatment.
Being the Good Samaritan isn’t enough, moving backwards from the Gospel is also not acceptable. As people of faith, we must protect our siblings who are on the precipice of losing their healthcare. All hands are needed on the road to Jericho. It’s time to continue to stand up and act justly.
Why Sacred Resistance?
We exist because we are commanded to love one another, and love is an active verb. Our resistance is rooted in the concept of strength and endurance, in the Methodist baptismal vow “to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever form they present themselves,” and in the Biblical admonition to people of faith to seek justice and speak on behalf of the powerless.
Today, Foundry believes this vow mandates
- opposing governmental actions which tear families apart and which bar entry to this country to immigrants and refugees solely because of their religious affiliation
- resisting policies which exploit and destroy natural resources on the planet we are charged with protecting and which put short-term economic gain for a few above the long-term health and survival of the human race
- standing up with our voices, our bodies, our money, and our time to the policies and people who would deny human rights on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, or income level
There are many areas of government policy in which people of faith may disagree. Sacred Resistance at Foundry targets issues which affect our bedrock principles: human rights, care for the planet, and the basic right of every human being to live without fear of oppression, speak without fear of censorship, and worship peacefully without fear of hostility.
Pastoral Statement on Building Walls
This pastoral statement was read by Senior Pastor Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli to the congregation of Foundry United Methodist Church on Sunday morning, January 27, 2017. The vast majority of the congregation responding in a rousing ovation in support of the statement.
Want to call your member of Congress? Find your Senator/Representative here.
Tuesday, March 21, 11:45am-1:00pm at Foundry UMC
Join the Sacred Resistance team and Foundry UMC for the launch of a new network of congregations in the DMV. This new network is working to provide support and solidarity to our neighbors, friends, and/or families who fear being detained, deported, or provide. It is time to take a stand. A rally when begin on the steps of Foundry and then group will march to the White House to show that as people of faith we will not permit the criminalization and scapegoating of immigrants and people of color.
Read more about the DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network, which Foundry is a proud member of.
United Methodist Church Caretakers for God's Creation Climate Justice Conference
Fri, April 28, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM EDT