Invitations from our friends at the Oregon Center for Christian Voices

November 3, 2011 at 5:15 am Leave a comment

I’m writing to let you know about a follow-up opportunity from the Circle
of Protection Advocacy Training Day that Bread for the World hosted last month,
that several of you were a part of.
I work for the Oregon Center for Christian Voices, and we are currently
part of the National Mobilizing effort called the Circle of Protection, an
nonpartisan movement of Christian leaders who are asking that the .  As I’m sure
all of you know, this is a time of uncertainty and unrest politically, and the
current Occupy Portland and Occupy Wall Street are expressions of the current of
uncertainty and dissatisfaction that is prevalent today.
The Circle of Protection is
convening people of Faith all around the country who are asking for the National
Budget cuts to be handled in a way that does not ignore the needy, the
vulnerable and the poor among us. Over 20,000 people have already signed on.
The Bible has much to say about protecting the vulnerable, and working for
peace and justice of all types. Jeremiah 29:7 says, “Work for the peace and
prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile.  Pray to the LORD for it,
for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”  Religious leaders of all
stripes have signed onto the Circle of Protection petition, asking Congress to
remember the poor and vulnerable as they balance the national budget, and you
can too.
But beyond signing on to an open letter, we also need action. On November
16, we are having an action day when we will pray, fast (as you are able) and
stand together – in concert with thousands of others across the nation – to show
our support for a just National Budget, and as an act of solidarity with the
vulnerable in our country.  I would like to ask you to join us, to share this
with those in your contact databases, and to come and stand to show that we,
too, as people of faith, will use our voices to protect social services that do
immense good, and to ask for shared sacrifice, morality and justice where budget
cuts are concerned.

The week of November 13 – 19 just so happens to be
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and several events have
been planned, including

November 15th at 7:00 AM – Interfaith Walk for Homelessness Awareness
starting at Downtown Chapel
and then the following day
November 16th, at 12:00 noon – Circle of Protection Action Day (sponsored
by Oregon Center for Christian Voices and Bread for the World)
Rose Festival Fountain, just north of the Hawthorne Bridge at Tom McCall
Waterfront Park
In order for this event to be a success, I need your help.  Please consider
asking your group, congregation or organization to participate.
If you are a pastor, priest, rabbi, minister or preacher, please consider
these thoughts in your sermon that weekend.
I’ve attached a sponsorship form which includes more information.
We don’t need money, just your energy and support behind this event to help
make it a success.
with thankfulness for your dedicated work and passion,
Emily Jameson

Entry filed under: Issues.

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