Resist

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.


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Thank you for all of your dedicated, faithful efforts. 

Blessings,

Sacred Resistance Team

December Actions: 

  

December 12: Tax Bill Update

The Senate tax bill passed narrowly on December 2. As you may know, the House and Senate are now conferencing on a final bill and aim to finalize it THIS week, with the goal of passing it through the House and Senate next week.

Both House and Senate bills are very regressive. Wealthy individuals and large corporations would receive large tax breaks, while the poorest would see their tax burden increase with this bill.  

Both bills could force deep cuts to social programs. According to multiple independent analyses, the Senate bill would expand the deficit by at least $1 trillion in ten years--debt that will need to be paid, at the expense of important federal safety net programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, food stamps, and more.  Speaker Ryan indicated last week that Medicare and Medicaid will be cut in order to pay for this tax cut if the bill passes. 

The Senate bill also repeals the ACA individual mandate, which according to the Congressional Budget Office would cause 13 million to go uninsured and would raise premiums for others

As people of faith, we are concerned that this abdicates our responsibility to care for the poor and vulnerable.
 

THIS WEEK'S ACT OF SACRED RESISTANCE: 
For those who live in MD and VA, please call your Senators and House Members. Also, no matter where you live, please reach out to the following Congress members listed below with their office phone numbers — and forward this email to friends and family and encourage them to do the same.

Target Senators who may be persuaded to vote NO on a final tax bill:
  • John McCain (AZ) - (202) 224-2235
  • Jeff Flake (AZ) - (202) 224-4521
  • Susan Collins (ME) - (202) 224-2523 (Since she voted against the repeal of the ACA, she is particularly inclined to vote against the bill if the individual mandate repeal in the tax bill remains, because 13 million people will lose health insurance and premiums will go up)
  • Mike Lee (UT) - (202) 224-5444
  • Marco Rubio (FL) - (202) 224-3041
  • Bob Corker (TN) - (202) 224-3344 - he voted NO on the Senate bill, so encourage him to continue to vote NO on the final bill.
Full lists: House Members and Senators.

There is also a rall against the tax bill (rally details) bill on the eastern front side of the Capitol tomorrow, Wednesday, from 1-2pm, organized by the Women's March and other local organizations. 
For more information on the bills, you can visit one of the following links:

December 9: Sanctuary DMV Rapid Response Training

Cancelled due to weather.

December 1: Senate Tax Bill: The #2000Verses Campaign

According to the latest reports, a vote on the Senate tax bill could occurtonight. This bill would raise taxes on the poorest Americans in favor of tax cuts for the richest, and it would cause millions of people to give up health insurance, according to the Congressional Budget Office and others. As people of faith, we're deeply concerned about the bill's effects on the poorest and most vulnerable.
Sojourners, a faith-based nonprofit, has launched the #2000Verses campaign to remind senators of the 2000 verses about poverty and justice in the Bible. They've assembled a helpful list of actions you can take, including:
  • Emailing or calling your senator to remind the 91 percent of Congress members to profess to be Christian what the Bible says about justice for the poor;
  • Re-tweeting some of the 2000 verses with hashtags #2000verses #GOPTaxBill; and
  • Reading some of the verses aloud in your senator's office.
We'd especially urge you to forward this campaign to your friends in states with senators on the fence about this bill. The Washington Post has a helpful roundup of undecided senators.

 
Know Your Rights Flyer
 
We have available in PDF format a flyer that anyone can print out and give to those of our neighbors that might find themselves uncertain of their rights related to immigration enforcement. Please feel free to share with those you feel might find this information helpful.  
 

*Note: The Sacred Resistance team at Foundry is moving to one action and one training per month, so that our energies are more focused on a specific issue. We will continue to send notifications on new actions and opportunities for learning. 


Devotion

The strength of a political system depends upon the full and willing participation of its citizens. The church should continually exert a strong ethical influence upon the state, supporting policies and programs deemed to be just and opposing policies and programs that are unjust.

-Source: United Methodist Church: What We Believe

 

Advocacy Exchange

Situated steps away from the seat of the U.S. government, Foundry UMC has a unique opportunity—and responsibility—to speak truth to power. In this time of increasing isolation and disconnection, we recognize that faithful voices must be raised together in unity—both in Washington, DC and across the country—if we want to make change.

 

We cannot do this alone. Therefore we are working with congregations and committees like yours to create a collaborative to advocate for our shared values. We want to hear about priorities you have in your community. In order to guide our efforts we have identified legislative priorities based on the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church and Foundry’s core values. Our vision is to work with partners, so that policies of mercy, justice, and peace are promoted while those which do harm are opposed.

By joining this partnership, we would collaborate in the following ways:

  1. We would support each other in advocating for the legislative priorities identified with help from the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church and the General Board of Church and Society. Our advocacy efforts together will focus around these subject areas, in no particular order, and/or other areas of alignment. Based on your community’s own legislative priorities or issues of concern we would advocate on your behalf on Capitol Hill to amplify your efforts at home
  2. Dedicated partners would work to communicate timely information about federal legislation
  3. Send alerts if legislators need to hear from you district offices or town hall gatherings
  4. Trainings can be provided to equip teams for effective advocacy on federal legislation
  5. You would organize in-district actions and let us know how we could support you   
  6. We would provide you with hospitality if you come to Washington, DC for advocacy activities
  7. Build relationships through mutual prayer and our service work

If you would like more information, or would like to join us in partnering on this important work, please contact Pastor Ben Roberts (broberts@foundryumc.org). 

 

Mission Statement

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.

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