Saturday, January 31, 2015

On Valentine's Day, Barrett Foundation Invites You to an International Night of Passion

Barrett Foundation offers you an opportunity to show your affection for your significant other with a different type of gift: an International Night of Passion.  Proceeds from this Valentine's Day fundraiser will help  the organization better serve its mission, which is to to provide housing and supportive services to women and children who are striving to break the cycle of homelessness. Below are details for this fun event.


The International Night of Passion
Saturday, February 14, 2015
6:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

This premiere Valentine’s Day event will include themed entertainment, as well as the chance to sample appetizers and drinks from three different countries- Japan, France and Spain. Enjoy a gourmet dinner, dance, live music and entertainment, and a silent auction stocked with unique items from each of the countries. Hillary Smith & Soul Kitchen, DJ Aquattro, Felipe Ruibal, Jazz Trio, and Tierra Adentro Flamenco Dance Ensemble will provide the entertainment.

Here are a few samples of the appetizer and full menu items:
Spain:
Seafood Paella, Sangria Station, Saffron Chorizo Vinaigrette, Charbroiled Prawn

France:
8oz. Filet Mignon, Truffle Demi, Baked Brie, French Champagne & Wine Tasting

Japan:
Sushi, California Rolls. Sake Tasting Booth, Green Tea Mousse, Sesame Seed Brittle

The evening also features a Sweetheart Getaway Raffle. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $50 each and will enter the purchaser in a raffle to win one of six getaway packages.  Each package includes two night hotel accommodations for two, a dinner for two, and one local attraction. You need not be present to win and the proceeds will benefit the Barrett Foundation. This year’’s packages feature five exciting getaways (Disneyland Vacation, Balloon Ride Package, Taos Package. Santa Fe Package, Durango Package **Specific to the dates of 4/24/15 through 4/26/15**) and one mystery package.

Click Here for details about the raffle prizes and the international menu
Tickets: $100.00 (individual) for Dinner-Dance, $45 Dance Only. Table of Ten $1,000 
Buy Tickets

For more information call (505) 246-9244

Friday, January 30, 2015

'Feed Our Children' is theTheme of Bread for the World's 2015 Offering of Letters,

Bread for the World's 2015 Offering of Letters urges Congress to renew our federal government’s major child nutrition programs, including those for school meals, summer feeding, and the WIC nutrition program for pregnant and new mothers along with their small children.


Every five years, Congress must re-authorize the law that funds these programs, which have helped millions of children over the decades. Thanks to the leadership of Bread for the World and its church partners, the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act expanded and improved these programs.

Now is the time to renew these national nutrition programs. Be part of Bread’s 2015 Offering of Letters by taking a few minutes to write letters to your members of Congress.  Barbie Izquierdo, who appeared in the documentary A Place at the Table, wrote a great piece in the Bread blog.

We are planning a workshop in Albuquerque about this letter-writing campaign sometime in mid-March.  Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Prayer at the Roundhouse Rotunda

The Interfaith Hunger Coalition was honored to participate in "Witness for the People,"  at the New Mexico State Capitol.  The event, organized by Interfaith Worker Justice-New Mexico, was held on January 20, the first day of this year's 60-day session for the New Mexico State Legislature and the day after Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday commemoration. Rev.  Dr. James Forbes was the featured speaker at the gathering, held in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse. Several faith leaders offered a brief reflection at the end of the event, including Rev. Bert Scott from the Interfaith Hunger Coalition. 



In the words of Monsignor Óscar Romero of El Salvador

Praying and expecting everything to come from God and not doing anything yourself is not praying...When people can contribute something of themselves to improve the situation and ask God for the courage to do so, then there is prayer.

So we pray today and we insist that our legislators and Governor have the courage to develop and fund policies and programs that lift New Mexicans out of poverty and ensure that everyone has enough.

People's Response: Today we hope against hope. With the God of history we will work to make all things new!

Here is a video of the full event. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Share a Cup of Coffee with Dorothy Day

"Conversations with Dorothy Day" depicts Dorothy stopping by to share a cup of coffee and to visit with friends while she talks about her life. The setting is the present time and the "powers that be" have given Dorothy permission to be gone from the heavenly realm for a very short time. During the visit Dorothy reads from her journals, her books, and other writings as she shares the story of her conversion and the founding of The Catholic Worker. The length of the visit is approximately 45-60 minutes and can be adapted as appropriate to the audience that is gathered. It is followed by a time of questions and answers."  -Inscape Ministries

Conversations with Dorothy Day” will be presented in a theatrical performance in Albuquerque, Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:00-8:30 p.m., First Congregational UCC, 2801 Lomas Blvd NE (map), with a reception to follow.

Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, spent 47 years caring for the poor and leading the Catholic Church to a more active concern for the needs in U.S. society.

The live performance of the one-woman show will be enacted by actress Sharon Halsay-Hoover of Inscape Ministries, who will depict Dorothy in scenes visiting with her friends and reading from her journals and other writings as she talks about her life.” 

As a young woman in the 20’s and 30s, Dorothy became aware of the exploitation of immigrants and the poor. She became a suffragette, a journalist and an activist for human rights.

The performance is a benefit for Trinity House Catholic Worker, a referral-based shelter for homeless women with children. The money raised will be used for a new roof for the shelter.

Admission is a suggested $10 donation. All are welcome.

For more information, visit the Trinity House Web site or call Trinity House at 842-5697, Bro. Denis Murphy or Mary Quinalty.

'Justice is All About Asking the Questions'

At Bread Gathering in Washington
How are we, as a faith community, called to address poverty? In a recorded interview on the Web site of the Office of Peace and Justice of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bro. Graham Golden discusses the mindset of how we perceive “the poor” in the Roman Catholic tradition, our response and responsibility as a Church and the way we bring our perspective to the public sphere to tackle this issue. The interview was part of an observance of Poverty Awareness Month, promoted by theU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (Here is a calendar from the USCCB)

Bro. Graham--a solemnly professed member of the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey in Albuquerque and a transitional deacon--is completing his studies in Chicago.  He has been involved advocacy efforts through Bread for the World and Office of Social Justice and Respect Life of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. In the picture above, Graham chats with Bread for the World activist Terrance Ruth  of Florida at a gathering in Washington.  He currently serves as the Coordinator of Program Development, Evaluation, and Research for the Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe where he guides the evolution of grassroot, parish-based anti-poverty initiatives in rural communities.

Here are a few excerpts from the interview (some paraphrased)

Image from Poverty USA (CCHD) Facebook Page
Social Sin
Bro. Graham and the interviewer addressed the definition of "the poor," as those who are lacking in sufficient nutrition or health care or access to education or whatever the basic necessities are restricted in a particular context.  "I think we can understand what it means to be poor, in a material sense," said Bro. Graham. Then the discussion turned to the concept of social sin: the teaching in the Catholic Church that we all bear responsibility for poverty and its causes and, therefore, we must respond in a collective manner.
 "As relational beings we are all part of the body of Christ."
"It's not an individual factor or an individual person, but our collective reality that exists within a society that manages to relegate or marginalize certain people. Everyone in the society is collectively participating in this, either by acting or not acting... Racism, sexism, segregation, access to education, the way we understand and approach social programs, economic participation opportunities.. all contribute and are part of a collective way in which we imagine what it means to be a social being (and then we)  create boundaries--that certain people are in and certain people are out.  This goes goes into our fundamental Catholic anthropology; as members of the church we are all part of the body of Christ."  Read blog post on social sin from Jesuit Jose Aldunate

Charity and Justice
Charity is often understood as the immediate response in which most people participate in through their parishes, the soup kitchen, the clothing banks, the programs that help keep people keep their electricity and heating on in the winter .These are the type of initiatives that respond  to immediate needs for a short period. They're kind of stop-gap measures that allow people to continue living but are not necessarily changing the causes of what has placed people and communities into the situations they're in.
 "Justice comes in,where we talk about systemic change, where we say, "What can we change in the way that our community, our society our nation is constructed that can allow for that need  to even exist?"
That leads us to the notion of justice. After a period of time, communities ask, "We have been feeding these hungry families, why are they hungry don't they have access to sufficient nutrition? Why aren't they able through their own initiative and activity able to participate in the broader life of the community? That's where justice come in, where we talk about systemic change. Where we say, what can we change in the way that our community, our society our nation is constructed that can allow for that need  to even exist?  Those are issues that [lead to] church involvement in local state, and public policy  how we approach of issues of  homelessness, nutrition, access to education, prison reform... 

Listen to the full interview

Read article on Poverty Awareness Month on Archdiocese of Chicago Web site

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Debate Over Food Waste and Hunger in Britain

Photo: Real Food Project Web site
Adam Smith, founder of The Real Junk Food Project, in Armley, Leeds, feeds his punters on goods that would otherwise have been thrown away by supermarkets, independent grocers and food banks. The 29-year-old trained chef cooks up stews, casseroles, soups and cakes with the unwanted food, charging a “pay as you feel” policy - allowing punters to pay what they feel they can, and if that is nothing, they can help with the washing up.

In just 10 months he has fed 10,000 people on 20 tonnes of unwanted food, raising over £30,000. The cafe has had such resonance in a world with such high food wastage and high hunger levels it has inspired 47 other "pay as you feel" cafes to spring in the past few months in Manchester, Bristol, Saltaire – with the concept even exported as far away as Los Angeles and Brazil, Warsaw and Zurich.
Article in The Independent newspaper, December 16, 2014

Punter is not a word we use frequently in the United States. According to the Cambridge Dictionaries Online, the word refers to "a customer; a user of services or buyer of goods." This is something that we probably deduced from context as we read the above quote.

Regardless of whether we call them punters or clients, these are real people who are experiencing hunger and are finding relief in a creative project developed by Adam Smith.  Food waste is a big part of the overall debate on food insecurity in Britain (as it is in the United States and many other parts of the Western world).  Regulations that are designed to protect the consuming public are forcing establishments in Britain to throw out vast amounts of food that is still edible.



The article in The Independent centers on the efforts of Adam Smith, a trained chef, to collect some of  the food that has been disposed (even breaking some food-safety laws) and using it to prepare meals for low-income patrons of his cafe in Leeds. Through his efforts, other similar eateries have sprung up in Britain and other countries.

"We believe it is indefensible that huge numbers of people are going hungry in a country which wastes such vast quantities of food that is fit for consumption," said an all-party report into Hunger in Britain whilst urging the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) to set food retailers and manufacturers targets of doubling the proportion of surplus food they redistribute to food assistance providers and other voluntary organisations," said the newspaper.


The big picture
While the report highlighted Smith's heroic efforts, The Independent did not neglect the big picture. "The publication of [the] all-party report into Hunger in Britain  revealed 4m people in the UK were at risk of going hungry, while 3.5m adults could not afford to feed themselves properly, and 272 food banks had sprung up across the UK," said the article. "Britain experienced the highest rate of food inflation in the world the report said, rising 47% since 2003, compared with 30.4% in the United States, 22.1% in Germany and 16.7% in France."

Britain and other European countries are dealing with an increase in food insecurity in a similar manner as we are here in the United States, and the British faith community has launched a campaign to highlight and address the problem The factors driving the increase in hunger are familiar--an increase in unemployment, the growth in poverty and an unfair economic system that favors the wealthy. And there is similar pushback from conservative legislators who are resisting efforts to increase funding for programs that help low-income families deal with hunger.

"After the report was released, Conservative peer Baroness Jenkin of Kennington sparked controversy by saying that hunger in Britain was caused in part because people didn't know how to cook."

See the full article in The Independent  The Daily Mail also ran a piece on the Leeds cafe.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Team of Albuquerque Surgeons to Serve Guatemalan Patients for a Week in February



Each year, the non-profit Faith In Practice sends more than 1,200 medical professionals and support personnel from across the U.S. to Guatemala to provide short-term surgical, medical and dental services and health-related educational programs to low-income families in the Central American country. The US medical professionals and support personnel pay their own way.  Nearly 750 Guatemalan volunteers work alongside the U.S. visitors. Together, the U.S.-Guatemalan teams provide services to more than 25,000 patients annually.

The programs include a Village Medial Clinic and surgical, dental, women's health (including cervical cancer screening), orthopedics/prostjetics and hearing services.  

Michaela Bruzzeze to serve as chaplain
While the teams are comprised largely of medical professionals, there is need for non-medical volunteers to provide support. This is where my friend Michaela Bruzzeze comes in. She has signed up as the chaplain accompanying  a team of Albuquerque surgeons, led by Peter Driscoll, MD. The group will be traveling to Guatemala on Friday, January 30, and returning on Saturday, February 7.

Click on Michaela's personal page on the Faith in Practice site if you would like to help defray the cost of the trip. Click here to see the many options available to donate to Faith in Practice.

Monday, January 19, 2015

ValLimar Jansen Featured During Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Albuquerque

ValLimar Jansen, a highly regarded singer, cantor and recording artist, will be featured in two events during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in New Mexico.  Ms. Jansen will be the presenter at an ecumenical service on Friday, Jan. 23, at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, 2532 Vermont NE (map) at 7:00 p.m.  (Open to the Public).

She is also a featured presenter at the New Mexico Conference of Churches' Turquoise Challenge Award Dinner at St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 425 University Blvd. NE (map) on Saturday, Jan. 24. The dinner will honor Rev. Carole McGowan of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande. Tickets are $35 and available at the NM Conference of Churches Web Site through tomorrow. Tickets are also available at the door on Saturday..

The week of Christian Prayer begins with a service at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community in Albuquerque tonight, Jan. 19, followed by services at the Santuario de Chimayo and Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 21.  Details for all the events are in the flyer below.



The Essence of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

How the State Legislature Can Become More Transparent & Responsive to Citizens

With the 2015 legislative session starting on Tuesday, New Mexico In Depth created a guide aimed at examining how the New Mexico Legislature can be more transparent, accessible and responsive - and what's keeping that from happening.

Here are quotes from a few pieces in the guide.

In a functioning democracy, the assumption is people have the knowledge to make decisions when elections roll around. But how much information do state legislators truly share with New Mexicans about their day-in, day-out working out the public's business? -Introduction by Trip Jennings, NMID executive director

"In recent sessions, there have been more than six lobbyists for every legislator, often with access that ordinary citizens can only imagine."  Viki Harrison, executive director, Common Cause  New Mexico

Some bad news on legislation can come when it is first introduced and assigned to the committees that will consider it before it gets a floor vote...If the bill gets three committee assignments in the House or Senate, it is generally considered bad news. It is difficult enough to get legislation through two committees in either chamber before a session ends; a third committee can doom legislation.   Matt Reichbach, reporter NMID

In organizing, we say power resides in relationship. If you are at the Roundhouse for any number of days you see the same people passing you in the stairwell and circling the top floors...Currently power resides in people who can afford time and money to spend 30-60 days in Santa Fe each year, people who speak English and can express a public policy analysis in the dominant language, people who can travel around the state to interim committee hearings, have cell phone numbers and know which restaurants and bars legislators frequent.  Sarah Nolan,  executive director, Comunidades en Acción y de Fé

One of my greatest frustrations during my service in the House was seeing citizens from around the state waiting for a bill to be heard, but the hearing never happened. No explanation. No notice. Nothing was more disheartening than to encounter citizens who had driven or waited hours to attend the hearing, when the staff knew the schedule had changedJanice Arnold-Jones, former House member from Albuquerque.

These are just samples.  I encourage you to read the full articles (as well as many other very insightful pieces) in  New Mexico Legislative Guide online. You can also get an App for your smartphone

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Two Celebrations of Thomas Merton's 100th Birthday

We commemorate what would have been Thomas Merton's 100th birthday with a local event on Jan. 31 and an announcement of the release of a new documentary entitled The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton  

On Saturday, January 31, Santa Maria de la Vid Norbertine Abbey, 5825 Coors Blvd SW (map), invites you to “An Encounter with Thomas Merton: Themes of His Journey, and Ours,” 9:30 a.m.-Noon.

The Rev. Brian C. Taylor Brian Taylor, former rector at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Albuquerque, recently spent time in Thomas Merton’s hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. He will speak from his personal experience and in-depth study of Merton’s writings.

The presentation will include exploring some of the passions of this remarkably authentic, complex, and holy monk that caused him to become, for many, a prophetic spokesman for a generation of seekers. Merton was a social activist on a deep inner journey, a hermit and a gregarious correspondent, a prolific writer and advocate of silence. He was also a sage with areas of emotional immaturity, and a faithful Christian who transcended religious categories. Using excerpts from his writing, we’ll reflect on how some of these themes of Merton’s life challenge us—both individually and as a faith community—to seek authenticity and holiness of life. The morning will also include small group discussion, prayer, and question and answer time.

No registration is required; your free-will offerings are greatly appreciated. Contact Meg Ashcraft (MAshcroft@norbertinecommunity.org or 505-873-4399)

New Documentary on Merton's Last Year
A new documentary The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton, will premiere in Louisville, Ky., also on Thomas Merton's birthday, January 31. (If you happen to be in Louisville on Jan. 31, the Center for Interfaith Relations is sponsoring a free screening at the Brown Theater, 315 West Broadway.  Seating is limited, so RSVPs are requested.  info@interfaithrelations.org)

 In the film, producer Morgan Atkinson tells us the story of the last year of Merton's life.
"It’s a story of adventure and search that takes the viewer from his home at the Abbey of Gethsemani, across America in the turbulent year of 1968 and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The purpose of the journey? As always with Merton he seeks a fuller union with God. He believed serving as a bridge between west and east was one way in which his call could be lived out.The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by his journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death and considers why Merton’s life and work challenges us today."
Atkinson enriches the documentary by including interviews with His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Richard Rohr, OFM,; James Martin, SJ; Tori Murden McClure; Kathleen Deignan, CND; Dr. Paul Pearson; Br. Paul Quenon, OSCO; Dr. James Finley; Dr. Anthony Padovano; Paul Wilkes and Penny Sisto. Visit the film Web site. The movie is not yet available for sale online. Check the Morgan Atkinson & Duckworks Inc site for future sales possibilities.  Here is a five-minute trailer.



Friday, January 16, 2015

An App for the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Program

The Rice Bowl program, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services during the Lenten season, turns 40 this year. The effort was launched to give Roman Catholics in the U.S. the opportunity to respond to famine in Africa. Could we feed the hungry through Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving? The answer was yes - and it came in the form of a small cardboard box.

Forty years later, the cardboard box remains a central feature of the campaign. "A cardboard CRS bowl is a tool for families to use to collect their Lenten alms. Each bowl comes with a Lenten calendar -with short reflections for each day of Lent. You'll also find recipes for meatless meals from around the world and Stories of Hope from families that benefit from your donation to CRS Rice Bowl."

A Spanish-language version of the materials is also provided to participants.

Going Digital
Quoting the adage, the "more things change, the more they stay the same," I would like to present to you the CRS Rice Bowl app. You no longer need the cardboard box to participate in Rice Bowl.  CRS now makes a digital application available for people to participate via their cell phone. The app offers the exact same resources, except that they appear on your Android or I-phone. (This includes the opportunity to donate money digitally instead of dropping a few coins and dollar bills into the cardboard box!)

Here is how CRS is advertising its App.

Catholic Relief Services has A NEW way to bring Lent to Life! (in English and Spanish)
  • Thoughtful daily reflections
  • Easy to use tool to set and measure your Lenten sacrifices
  • Delicious meatless recipes from around the world
  • Built-in feature to share your Lenten experience 
Pray: Read a thoughtful reflection each day of Lent.
Fast: Prepare meatless meals using recipes from around the world.
Learn: Hear Stories of Hope from Catholic Relief Services programs around the world
Give: Track your Lenten fast and see how what you give up this Lent can change the lives of the poor in your own community and around the world.

Download the App for free via the App Store or Google Play.

(On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the CRS Rice Bowl team will be hosting a webinar @ 2:00 PM EST, Noon MST) The online session will discussthis year's featured countries, new resources and ways for Diocesan Directors and CRS Rice Bowl Coordinators to animate communities this coming Lent. Register Here).

Monday, January 12, 2015

Oxfam America Seeks Community Organizing Volunteers in Albuquerque

Coming together at the Climate Pilgrimage, September 2014
Oxfam America is recruiting volunteer leaders of various ages and professional backgrounds to serve in Albuquerque and 14 other communities in the U.S. in 2015-2016. Those chosen for the program will receive a free  national advocacy training in Washington, D.C., on April 24-28. 

 "It’s a great opportunity for people to take local action on world issues and to collaborate with other local organizations," said Brian Rawson, Senior Advisor, Community Organizing  for Oxfam America  "Applicants should have some prior experience with organizing and a passion for global justice."

Click here to apply by February 1.  For more  information contact Brian Rawson.

Volunteer leader will organize activities and work with other local organizations in support of Oxfam’s GROW campaign for policies that will save lives, defend the rights of women and farmers, and protect communities worldwide from rising food prices and climate change. Online training and information sessions about select issues will be available during the year for leaders and other volunteers in each of the local chapters.

New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps volunteers have also worked closely with the New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light and Bread New Mexico over the past several years. The local Oxfam-Bread  partnership has included joint  advocacy on Food Ad Reform, including lobby visits to local offices of Sen. Martin Heinrich and Sen. Tom Udall. In addition, NM Oxfam Action Corps have made presentations at our Offering of Letters workshop and participated in  our Circle of Protection prayer vigilin 2012.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FRAC Video: Hunger is Solvable

This two-minute video from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), entitled "Hunger Is Solvable," highlights the role of federal nutrition programs in helping ensure that infants and toddlers, school kids, adults and seniors receive the food assistance they need to thrive. Forty percent of Americans have experienced hunger in the past year or know someone who has, according to a recent FRAC survey.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Interfaith Worker Justice New Mexico to Host Rev. Dr. James Forbes

"The church perhaps is the only institution in the nation that can ask: Okay, how are your policies squaring up, not only with the principles of the Bible, but with the principles found in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Everybody else is scared to do it. The Church had better be afraid not to do it." -Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus of The Riverside Church in NYC, and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015, is the day that the New Mexico State Legislature begins its 60-day session for this year.This is also the day after the national commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, 

Therefore, it is very appropriate that one of the  most prominent prophetic voices of our time will speak at the Roundhouse Rotunda in Santa Fe at 3:00 p.m. that day. Rev. Dr. James Forbes, known as the preacher's preacher in national and international religious circles, is coming to New Mexico to help commemorate Dr. King's birthday, to speak truth to power, and to offer a prayer for our legislators.  His visit is sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice-New Mexico.

In 1996, Newsweek magazine recognized Forbes as one of the twelve "most effective preachers" in the English-speaking world. This pastor, educator, community activist and interfaith leader was designated as one of America's greatest Black preachers by Ebony magazine in 1984 and 1993. He won the Alumni Charter Day Award of Howard University for Distinguished Post Graduate Achievement In Ministry. In 1995 he emerged in the Baylor University Survey as one of twelve remarkable and most effective preachers in the English-speaking world.

He was the keynote speaker at the Children's Defense Fund National Conference in Cincinnati in 2012 during the Multi-Faith Children's Sabbath Service with an audience of 3,000 advocates, organizers, researchers and young leaders. He stated "If there's no justice, there's no righteousness." He ended by urging everyone to take action and agitate until justice is the law of the land.

Dr. Forbes. minister emeritus at Riverside Church in New York City, was the featured speaker at the 2011 Interfaith Worker Justice Conference in Chicago.  His the founder and president of the Healing of the Nations Foundation.
 
For more information, contact Rev. Holly Beaumont at Interfaith Worker Justice-New Mexico

2015  Witness for the People
"Where there is no vision, the people perish."
- Proverbs 29.18

Tuesday, January 20
3:00 PM
 in the Rotunda of the Roundhouse

Guest Speaker:
The Reverend Dr. James Forbes
Minister Emeritus, Riverside Church, NYC
Founder and President of the Healing of the Nations Foundation

Music: The Choir Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe