Our Commitments

 The twin pillars undergirding the work of Interfaith Action are:

1. Strengthening interfaith collaboration and understanding; and

2. Acting together to build communities, a country and a world in which peace and justice flourish.

Our collaborative approach is grounded in respectful dialogue and commitment to unity within our diversity.


We are guided by the following:

(1) We acknowledge that each of us comes from a differing faith tradition and/or religious/cultural context. In light of these differences, we agree to respectful dialogue, compassionate listening, mutual sharing of vision and resources towards the common goals of justice and peace for all.

(2) While speaking from our own contexts of faith and culture, we may use language that is unique to our own traditions. However, in the interest of unity and respect for diversity, when referring to the Divine, we will refrain, as best we are able, from any particular gendered or faith-specific terms in our common prayers.

(3) We enter into our shared work believing that all are made in the Image of God, and that our diversity is a gift of the Holy - thus our inclusion of differing perspectives and approaches in a manner of honoring that gift, and respecting the Divine Image in each person.


Our current priorities include:

 
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Protection of our Environment: our environment is the holiness of God’s creation and we as people of faith are charged to be stewards of this Holy Gift.

To that end, we:

Advance resources and actions that preserve and protect Lake Michigan and our inland waters;

Work to ensure access to clean water;

Seek to reduce environmental pollution in our skies, on our land and in our water;

Advocate global environmental protections in recognition of the threat to our planet and the disproportionate impact that climate change has on populations and communities of poverty;

Seek to model environmental justice in our own faith communities, properties and grounds.


 

Dignity of All People: As people of faith, we see the face of God in each human being.

To that end, we:

Advance equal protections and inclusion for social minorities;

Advocate for strong safety nets for persons in crisis or destitution;

Promote pathways out of poverty and homelessness;

Seek remedies to the health crises of addictions, bullying and suicide;

Believe in access to comprehensive health and mental health care.









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Migration: our faith traditions uniquely and distinctively call us to welcome the stranger and to provide compassion and advance justice for refugees, immigrants and migrants.

To that end, we:

Advance generous humanitarian protections, particularly for refugees, trafficking and torture survivors, and victims of crime;

Believe that families should not be separated;

Promote pathways to citizenship for Dreamers and for those resident immigrants who lack permanent authorization to remain in the country;

Believe due process and human rights be afforded to migrants, particularly those fleeing circumstances that threaten their lives;

Advocate for investments in regional solutions that prevent forced migration or migration based on economic or social survival.



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Peacemaking: Our faith traditions call us to be peacemakers.

To that end, we:

Seek to reduce gun violence in our communities through common sense regulations;

Have a particular commitment to reducing violence in schools and places of worship and we seek approaches that make these safe, gun free places;

Advocate for our country to take leadership in global conflicts to ensure that religious minorities and religious and social groups are protected and not placed in harm’s way.