What a quick summer, or, at least it seemed that way to me. I hope your summer-wrap-up Labor Day weekend was restful, enjoyable and thoughtful. This year, the advent of autumn is accompanied by new challenges as well as traditional opportunities – as our children and grandchildren return to school and as Congress returns to Washington. The former prompts gratitude and expectation in me; the latter evokes anxiety and even a modicum of fear.
We at Interfaith Alliance had a busier than usual summer – maybe that is why it seemed to pass so rapidly. Gross incivility and serious threats to religious freedom demanded constant attention and initiatives born of our shared mission. Though we were not always at the forefront of national news, none of the threats to faith and freedom that escalated during the summer were without our attention and involvement. The Religious Right returned to many of its old ways spouting hateful rhetoric and announcing plans to use the government to control everybody’s lives. Anti-Muslim bigotry lost none of its ugliness or loudness. And, still again, the LGBT community was hit by broadsides of intentional, legal inequality. So the days of summer allowed us no rest; our work continued. As a matter of fact, we have compiled highlights of this work to share with you in our second e-newsletter of 2011.Read More