This Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m., please take part in a teleconference Prayer Vigil for a Faith-Filled Budget. Join people of faith from all over our country as religious leaders offer reflections and prayers for:
- Government officials – calling them to moral discernment around the common good.
- The most visibly vulnerable people who will be impacted by our federal budget – and how they represent vulnerability for all of us.
- The need for civil discourse around the common good and the distribution of our nation’s abundant resources.
- Faith-inspired advocates as we witness to our concern for people who are most vulnerable, demonstrating our commitment to the common good.
While the teleconference is taking place, there will be in-person prayer vigils in Washington DC and in many places around the country. Information can be found online.
The Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs (DHN) is advocating for a faithful budget and they remind us that:
The reality of the U.S.’s fiscal situation calls us as faith communities to be strong voices and advocates for fiscal reform that is advanced through the lens of justice and the common good. We are called to speak for a budget process that enables all of us to share in the bounty of God’s table. All our faith traditions place people who are impoverished and marginalized at the forefront of concern. The current fiscal debates – at their heart – are a struggle for the soul of our nation and its moral conscience. We grieve at the soaring gap between rich and poor; faith and fairness require that we preserve and strengthen vital lifelines for people who are struggling to overcome hardship and poverty in the US and abroad. The faithful way forward to fiscal health calls for a focus on job creation, revenue increases, a shared commitment to the common good, and cuts in unnecessary military spending.
–Sandy Irving, Volunteer Program Associate