St. Paul, MN – On Sunday, January 6th, 200 religious and community leaders from ISAIAH, Jewish Community Action, His Works United and the Center for Public Ministry gathered with 21 high-ranking members of the Minnesota State Legislature at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul. The event was called “Speaking of Faith Before the Session.”
Legislators and faith leaders discussed shared values and examined the need to use those values to achieve racial and economic equity during the upcoming legislative session.
Rabbi Adam Spilker of Mount Zion Temple and a leader of Jewish Community Action opened the summit and talked about what brings us all together, “We are people of faith, committed to civil and thoughtful discourse, calling for a state-wide conversation of our values. We understand political compromises, but we are unwavering in a call for justice.”
President of ISAIAH, Rev. Paul Slack spoke to the common values held by all faith traditions. “We can agree that the right for all people to live in healthy and prosperous communities is sacred.”
The faith community pledged to have an active role in 2013, including a series of events to be held during the session to engage legislators to enact policies that align with the values of creating a just Minnesota where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
House Majority Leader, Rep. Erin Murphy stated, “We will balance the budget for real this time to provide for our future, including better healthcare and better education.”