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INTERFAITH ALLIANCE DISCUSSES ‘FAITHFUL BUDGET’ NEXT TUESDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2012

 

Ocala, Florida, November 9, 2012……………. A “fiscal cliff” is challenging our national leaders as they seek resolution of our budget difficulties.  But, according to members of the national  Faithful Budget Campaign, so is a struggle for the soul of our nation and its moral conscience.

The Interfaith Alliance of Marion County, an affiliate of a national organization of more than 75 faith and non-faith groups and  180,000 members,  invites local religious leaders and the general  public to a  panel discussion of a national initiative  in which communities of faith and Americans of conscience call upon government leaders  to rearrange our priorities in order to focus on the common good  and the needs of the least among us.                               

Panel participants include the host   Rabbi Ze’ev  Harari; Rev. Theodore Klebes, World Life  Ministry of Faith and Chief Administrator of the Southern White Buffalo Society, Inc.; Dr. Humeraa Qamar, pediatrician and interfaith activist;  and Diane Schrier, public school teacher. The moderator will be Barbara Fitos, executive director, The Community Foundation.  This discussion which begins at 7 p.m. will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at the Temple Beth Shalom, 1109 NE 8th Avenue, in Ocala.    A reception will follow.            

Leaders of faith communities from many religious groups came together last year to call upon our elected officials to craft a federal budget that fulfills our responsibility toward each and every member of our American family.  A list of sponsors of this initiative is given below.                                                                                                                             

But during the national dialogue known as our election campaign politicians concentrated on the needs of the middle class, seldom mentioning the poor and the marginalized. Now that the election is over, the President and the Congress must urgently  confront our nation’s fiscal well being in a manner which preserves and strengthens vital lifelines for the poor as well as provide relief for the middle class while addressing means of achieving greater financial strength through deficit reduction and robust economic expansion.

 

The national Faithful Budget Campaign (visit www.faithfulbudget.org ) is predicated on a compassionate and comprehensive vision for the future, one in which we act with mercy and justice to serve the common good by “loving our neighbors as ourselves” and exercising our role as stewards of the earth.

For more information please email TIAofMarionCountyFL@gmail.com or telephone 352/873-9970.  You may also visit http://TIAMarionCounty.org'

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The following list of sponsors  are those organizations who have endorsed the preamble of the document Priorities for a Faithful Budget

Updated: March 22, 2012                                                                                                                                                           

American Friends Service Committee

Arkansas Interfaith Alliance

Bread for the World

Center of Concern

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada

Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice

Church of the Brethren

Church World Service

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism

Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Economic Circle of Justice, Sisters of St. Dominic Blauvelt, NY

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Faithful Reform in Health Care

Franciscan Action Network

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Islamic Society of North America

Jesuit Conference

Jubilee USA Network

Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office, Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, US

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Mennonite Central Committee U.S.

Minnesota Council of Churches

Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity

Muslim Public Affairs Council

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Council of Churches of Christ, USA

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby

Pax Christi USA

Presbyterian Church (USA), Office of Public Witness

Progressive National Baptist Convention

Unitarian Universalist Association

United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries

United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society.