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.
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
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.