Hundreds of Faith Leaders to Participate in Prophetic Resistance Summit to Develop a Moral Agenda Ahead of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections

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Indianapolis Congregation Action Network (IndyCAN)

October 3, 2017

For Immediate Release    

October 3, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Farmer, 202.306.0136


Hundreds of Faith Leaders to Participate in ‘Prophetic Resistance Summit’ to Develop a Moral Agenda Ahead of the 2018 Mid-Term Elections

INDIANAPOLIS – A multi-faith coalition of clergy and lay leaders today announced a ‘Prophetic Resistance Summit’ to develop and champion a moral agenda for the nation. Over 300 faith leaders from various faith traditions are expected to attend the October 23-25 event which will be held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The gathering is organized by PICO National Network, and its state-based federations, IndyCAN and the AMOS Project. 

“We’re choosing to be prophets of the resistance,” said the Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, director of clergy organizing for PICO National Network. “We’re freedom fighters, justice seekers and faith leaders. We’re exploring what it means to embody love in the face of fear and what it means to use resistance as a tactic to create meaningful change for our communities, communities most impacted by oppressive policies.”

Attendees will map a plan for prophetic resistance in advance of the 2018 mid-term elections. The leaders have pledged to righteously resist immoral policies that are rooted in racism. They will discuss civil disobedience and disruption as possible strategies to urge policymakers to create legislation that benefits the whole. The goal is to in insert a moral core in local, state, and national elections.

“President Trump’s rhetoric has created an environment where those who spread hate are validated, coddled and protected,” said the Rev. Traci Blackmon, senior pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, Missouri. “Our role as faith leaders is to denounce the sins of our nations, sins that push our Black and Brown brothers and sisters to the margins, leaving them in fear for their lives.”

Conference leaders hope to position people of faith to successfully adopt a theology of resistance that includes electoral engagement and voter outreach.

“Prophetic resistance is standing up and speaking out even when every instinct tells you to be quiet,” said Rabbi Sharon Brous, a faith leader with LA Voice, a PICO federation. “In the end, faith leaders know it is important our voices are heard, calling for justice, calling for dignity and for equality for all people. It’s most important when its hardest to do.”

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