Election Day, the Earth, and Human Rights

Politics, “Sanity” and Focus in Worship

Worship in the nation’s capital must adapt to demands of the day: motorcades block streets before Jummah, a huge rally blocks synagogue, Marathon closures make church inaccessible. Worshippers arrive on the week’s political winds.

Both in Greater Washington and beyond the Beltway, there is always the question: How, or how much, should our worship reflect the challenges of the day? Election Day and the Rally for Sanity and/or Fear bring the question literally to the doorstep of many houses of worship in and around DC. But the question applies in other ways to any congregation anywhere.

How do/should our congregations respond to the stresses of political climate?

With the Earth and Each Other

Just as Clergy Beyond Borders aims to use the resources of many faith communities in building peace, addressing environmental issues — which know no borders — demands cross-border thinking and cooperation.

CBB is co-sponsoring “With the Earth and Each Other,” a virtual rally for a better middle east, scheduled for November 14. Individuals can participate at home or join with others at a host site. Among sites across the country is Adat Shalom (Potomac, MD), led by CBB partner Rabbi Fred Dobb. The event is free, but registration is required. Time depends on location. Visit the event website to learn more and register.

Human Rights

In conjunction with “Human Rights Under Fire: The Jewish Call to Action,” in NYC, Dec. 5-7, Clergy Beyond Borders is organizing a special meeting to address the “Park51” issue and the greater climate of fear around Islam as “the other.” The discussion, moderated by CBB Executive Director Rabbi Gerald Serotta, will include:
—Daisy Kahn, Executive Director, American Society for Muslim Advancement;
—Rabbi Joy Levitt, JCC of Manhattan; and
—Reverend Chloe Breyer, Interfaith Center of NY.

In addition, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been invited to participate. While this meeting is not open to the public, the conversation will inform further educational efforts….so stay tuned.

The full conference, convened by Rabbis for Human Rights-NA, is open to all, and many CBB partners are participating and/or co-sponsoring. This is a great opportunity for those with an interest in faith-oriented responses to human rights issues to connect and further the joint work.

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