Spirit in Action:
Civic Engagement and Religious Life
Ours is a tradition that encourages people of faith to be active and conscientious citizens. We will explore this aspect of the Swedenborgian tradition as well as concrete ways to be civically engaged in a non-partisan five-part event series designed to support civic action generally, without preference to specific issues.
Mondays 7:30-9pm EST on Zoom – Contact Rev. Shada Sullivan for the link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Session One January 31st:
Swedenborg’s Civic Engagement Retrospectively Considered
A lecture by Rev. Dr. James Lawrence
With responses from Rev. Robert McCluskey and Dr. Rebecca Esterson, followed by Q&A
Session Two February 28th:
Interfaith Advocacy 101
(Led by Alicia McBride of the Friends Committee on National Legislation)
What does interfaith advocacy look like in Washington DC?
Why is faith-based advocacy important?
Session Three March 28th:
Lobby Training & How to Engage Congress
(Led by Sarah Freeman Woolpert of the Friends Committee on National Legislation)
Standard lobby training, how to engage your member of Congress
Session Four April 25th:
How Do I Raise My Voice? Where Do I Go From Here?
(Led by Sarah Johnson of the Friends Committee on National Legislation)
How to build meaningful partnerships for advocacy in my community and lift up these issues in the media
Session Five May 23rd:
Swedenborgians in the Field
A panel discussion led by Rev. Rich Tafel
The Friends Committee on National Legislation, the Center for Swedenborgian Studies, Swedenborgians in Action Against Racism, and The Swedenborgian Church of North America Social Justice Committee