WHO WE ARE

The Faith and Justice Committee offers a means for members of our parish to be engaged in our common Christian values of justice, compassion, and hospitality to the outsider, and to do so in community with one another. 


The Committee engages in the following:


    o Local and regional justice issues that need advocacy

    o Providing educational resources on current justice issues

    o Educational events, discussion forums and guest speakers

    o Building relationships where there may be division, or reaching out to communities that experience exclusion


The Committee is keenly aware that we may not all be of one mind, but that we all share the Baptismal vow to “strive for peace and justice.” We aim to embrace our differences and come together, learning from and listening to each other always. 


We invite St. Paul’s parishioners to help us in this work. Sign up for our email alerts, share your ideas, join the committee, or just participate in the events we make available. You can visit our Faith and Justice Table after services on Sundays for more information and to write a letter to your representative about pressing policy concerns. 


Meanwhile, visit the Episcopal Public Policy Network website to read their blog and see videos about their work. We think you’ll be inspired.




St. Paul’s Faith and Justice Resources


Check out this guide from the Episcopal Church.  It is great resource for understanding the nuts and bolts of advocating for change within our democratic systems.  Click Here



Elected Officials:


Congresswoman Mimi Walters, 45th District

215 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-5611

Walters’ Irvine Office

3333 Michelson Dr., Ste. 230

Irvine, CA 92612

(949) 263-8703


Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, 48th District

2300 Rayburn HOB

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-2415


Senator Diane Feinstein

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3841


Senator Kamala Harris

112 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3553


Senator Paul Ryan

1233 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515Washington, DC 20500

(202) 225-3031


President Donald Trump

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, DC 20500

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump

(202) 456-1111


Note: If the White House Comments Line is not working, go to www.WhiteHouseInc.org. Fill out your email and phone number. You’ll receive a call from one of the president’s properties:) Ask to leave a message.


OTHER RESOURCES:


• Together We Will Orange County (Facebook)

• Indivisible (OC) (Facebook)

• Pantsuit Nation OC (Facebook)

• IRIS (Facebook)


Immigration, Refugee Update and DACA Action Items Suggestions from Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles:

• Sign Moveon.org petition “Do Not Stop Refugee Resettlement”

• Write op-ed piece for local paper

• Join Episcopal Public Policy Network for advocacy update: http://advocacy.episcopalchurch.org

• Sign up for daily advocacy updates with www.dailyaction.org


LGBTQ:

• Integrity USA

• GLEAM (meets monthly; contact Pastor Kay)

• Diocese of Los Angeles: LBGT Ministry (online)


Other Advocacy Groups:

• Bread for the World (policy advocacy on national and state level for all issues related to poverty and justice)

• Sojourners (Christian magazine that promotes justice for the poor and other advocacy)

• Orange County Interfaith Network (see Mike Penn)

Support our faith partners

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 

7:00-11:00 PM

 

Islamic Center of Orange County: TACO TRUCK AT EVERY MOSQUE

9752 13th St. Garden Grove 92844

 

In order to show solidarity with the Orange County Muslim Community:

 

1.You are invited to fast for a full or half-day (if possible) on June 14.

2. Break the fast at sunset with our Muslim brothers and sisters and other members of the community by sharing a taco truck meal.

 

Build community and speak out against injustice one taco at a time.

 

For more information, contact Rida.hamida@gmail.com


FAITH AND JUSTICE COMMITTEE ACTIONS

Week of May 29, 2017

President Trump is expected to release his federal budget request. This budget request is one important component of the fiscal year 2018 appropriations and budget process. Read the Office of Government Relations resource on the federal budget to educate yourself on this process ahead of upcoming action alerts.

The U.S. federal budget is a blueprint that highlights the values and priorities of the United States Government. This spending plan and the appropriations process that follows designates funding for critical international development, refugee, environmental, and domestic human needs programs.

As Episcopalians, we have a role to play in the budget process through urging members of Congress to develop a budget that reflects our values, including funding for creation care and programs that support the needs of low-income and at-risk populations, at home and abroad.

Moreover, undertaking advocacy is a crucial component of the For Such a Time as This campaign, an ecumenical initiative for poverty alleviation that Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to engage.

Before we advocate, let's educate ourselves and our congregations about the U.S. budget. This week, we will take time to learn about how the appropriations process works and ways that we can leverage our Episcopal voice to influence this important process.

Take Action:

     1. Read through our Office of Government Relations resource on the federal budget and the additional resources listed within it. Share this one-pager with friends and encourage them to read up on the federal budget process. 

     2. Organize a dialogue in your congregation to discuss the values that your faith community hopes to see included in the federal budget and plan collective advocacy around this critical topic.

     3. Email eppn@episcopalchurch.org to share your story about engaging the federal budget process.

Here is a sample letter you can copy and send:

May 28, 2017
 
Dear President Trump:
 
Millions of Americans are fearful for their future. Some are making ends meet but believe their economic prospects are uncertain; others struggle to lift their families out of poverty. I join them in feeling the injustice of unshared prosperity, made worse by tax breaks favoring corporations and the wealthy and threats to key supports like health insurance that workers and families rely on. I know that America’s real greatness comes from its promise to extend opportunity and economic security to all. I call upon you to make investments of proven effectiveness in order to fulfill this promise, and to reject policies and language that demean and discriminate against race, gender, immigrant status, disability or religion. 
 
With millions of other Americans, I support four principles for Strengthening America’s Values and Economy (SAVE) for All. Federal priorities must (1) protect and assist low-income and vulnerable people; (2) invest in broadly shared economic growth and jobs; (3) increase revenues from fair sources; and (4) seek savings from reducing waste in the Pentagon and elsewhere.  
 
Expanding opportunities for low-income people and protecting them from cuts is essential; keeping millions of people in depressed conditions stalls economic growth and increases inequality. Specifically, I call upon you to reject cuts or structural constraints in basic safety net programs such as Medicaid, SNAP/food stamps, Social Security, SSI, and Medicare. I urge you to ensure that the lowest-income workers are not taxed deeper into poverty. Congress should increase the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for workers not raising children. In addition, the Child Tax Credit (CTC) should provide more assistance to children in the poorest working families, in part by ensuring that families qualify for the CTC with their first dollar of earnings. I stand with immigrants who are part of our communities. They need a path to opportunity, not mass deportations that tear our families apart and sow fear in our communities. Young people qualifying under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must not lose their legal status, and be forced to give up their jobs, drivers’ licenses and health insurance. And I stand with workers who deserve a long-overdue increase in the federal minimum wage and expanded overtime and paid leave protections.
 
I also call upon you to make the economy work for all by investing in our infrastructure and our people. We must invest in the work of rebuilding public housing and schools, roads, water systems, and public transit that protect health and safety and meet the needs of a modern economy. Further, we should give priority to low-income communities most in need, including communities of color, and hire from those communities.
 
Decades of national economic data tell us that tax cuts at the top do not unleash economic growth and jobs, and do lead to massive revenue loss. On the other hand, revenue increases from corporations and wealthy individuals, who have already benefited most from our economy, combined with investments in infrastructure, education, child care, work supports, housing, healthcare and nutrition, have created jobs and boosted income in the past, and can do so again. 
 
The choices before you could not be more consequential. I strongly urge you to choose shared prosperity and fairness and to reject cuts that leave millions of Americans behind. Like millions of my fellow Americans, I stand ready to support actions consistent with the SAVE for All principles and to oppose proposals that worsen inequality and harm low-income people.
 
Sincerely yours,