Faith & Politics
Criminal Justice Reform
On December 6, 1865, the required number of states ratified the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, “…except as punishment for a crime.” In her acclaimed film, 13th, Ava DuVernay quotes President Obama, “The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. Think about that.”
End Gun Violence
We mourn the tragic loss of human life in what feels like an epidemic of mass shootings. We believe the only antidote to these shootings is to get guns off our streets. Because our scriptures say to turn swords into plowshares, we turned a gun into a farming tool, right in our worship celebration!
At Middle Church, we know that 7 out of ten people who are raped or assaulted know the perpetrator. As part of the #MeToo, #TimesUp and #BelieveSurvivors movements, Middle Church joined the #Women'sMarch to protest in Washington DC and New York City during the Kavanaugh hearings. At the church, we hosted a series of small group gatherings for female and male members of our community to talk about their own experiences and be held in a space of love. Our clergy and staff are womanists and feminists who believe in the strength of women's voices.
Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico in September 20, 2017. Total losses from the hurricane are estimated at upwards of $91.61 billion (2017 USD), ranking it as the third-costliest tropical cyclone on record.
Rev. Jacqui Lewis, Rev. John Janka, board members Edna Benitez and Darren Johnson and our director of communications, Christina Fleming, traveled to the Mexican/United States border wall near El Paso, Texas. They joined faith leaders and activists from around the country to hear stories from immigrants and scholars near the border. Faith leaders spoke against the immoral and unjust policies that have separated families. Faith leaders also denounced the administration’s proposed policy to imprison families indefinitely who enter the country as refugees.