The elections are over - what comes next? - (Recording)
December 6, 2012 - The election is over, but there is still important work to be done. Now we know who our elected officials will be, and we can hold them accountable to the campaign promises they made. There is a lot at stake for the policy issues we care about. Join us for a webinar discussing the looming question of “What’s next?” Our speakers will be UCC policy experts in fields of the economy and federal budget, healthcare, and international issues.
Barbara Baylor has served the national offices of The United Church of Christ for nine years as the Minister for Health Care Justice Programs, Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM). She assists the United Church of Christ in all its settings to understand health in a holistic way, and to encourage an understanding of health as an issue of social and economic justice. In collaboration with other health-related UCC and national organizations, Ms. Baylor plans, coordinates strategies and activities, develops resources, and recommends public policy positions for the UCC on health, health care, and wellness issues.Ms. Baylor has over 20 years experience working in public health with many diverse groups, including the faith community, to develop leadership and empowerment programs that focus on health promotion, disease prevention and the reduction of health disparities.
Edith Rasell is on the national staff of the United Church of Christ serving in Justice and Witness Ministries as Minister for Economic Justice. She works with UCC congregations around the country as well as national and international organizations to bring greater economic justice to people in the US and around the world, especially the poor and marginalized. Rasell is known for her ability to make economic matters understandable, relevant, and interesting. Rasell is a UCC layperson and holds a PhD in economics. Before coming to the UCC she worked for 12 years at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a highly regarded, progressive think tank in Washington DC.
Michael Neuroth is the Policy Advocate for International Issues in Justice and Witness Ministries’ office in Washington DC. Michael re-joined the JWM staff in July of 2008, after working for Church World Service in its United Nations office. Michael worked as a consultant for the World Councils of Churches on young adult empowerment as well as the Chicago-based Parliament of the World’s Religions. He holds graduate degrees from Princeton Seminary (M.Div, ThM) and Rutgers University (MSW). Michael’s international policy portfolio is currently focused on the following issues: just peacemaking; global poverty and economic justice/jubilee; and supporting international institutions such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.
Addressing Voter Suppression - (Recording)
September 26, 2012 - Voting provides a way for us to come together as Americans and share in basic, common goals: making our country stronger and molding a better future for the next generation. Voting is the heart of our democratic process, but it is being threatened by efforts to restrict voting access across the country. We’ve seen attempts to change voter identification requirements in states like Arizona and outright purging of the voter rolls in Florida. In several states these decisions are now under scrutiny by the Department of Justice.
Voter identification laws, intentionally or otherwise, target those who are most vulnerable: our oldest, youngest, and poorest voters. As people of faith, we are called to ensure that the voices of everyone are heard in our democratic society.
Join us for a discussion about how we can respond to the rise of voter suppression tactics, and make our election system free and accessible to all. Our speakers represent organizations working to empower voters and respond to the threat of voter suppression:
- Advancement Project - Eddie Hailes
- Election Protection Coalition - Eric Marshall
- Brennan Center for Justice -Myrna Perez
Congregations Engaging in the Elections (Recorded)
August 29th, 2012 - This month’s webinar will focus on “best practices” from the 2012 Our Faith Our Vote campaign- a time to share stories and ideas about how UCC members and congregations can and are engaging in voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote. We will also explore ways you can incorporate the Our Faith Our Vote campaign into your congregation’s fall programming. It will take place on August 29th at 4pm EST, and our speakers will be UCC justice advocates from congregations around the country who have been actively engaged in the electoral process.
When Religion and Politics Meet: A Conversation About the Role of Religion in the Electoral Process (Recorded)
May 15, 2012 - Although we have heard it said that religion and politics shouldn’t mix, people of faith can and do play an important role in the public square and the political life of our nation. But what might that role look like, and how can people of faith and houses of worship engage in the electoral process in a healing, respectful and responsible way? What are some of the legal guidelines for participation by people of faith? What are some of the uses and misuses of religion in political campaigns, and how can people of faith promote civil, thoughtful dialogue across differences on critical issues of the day.
Join us for a conversation with Rev. Welton Gaddy, President of the Interfaith Alliance, and K. Hollyn Hollman, general counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty to learn about ways that you and your congregation can become involved!