AFN Needs You!
On behalf of the Arizona Faith Network (AFN), greetings of peace, prosperity and for a productive 2018. As we look forward to the coming of Spring, we are reminded of Tolstoy’s words in Anna Karenina – “Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
In our time of continuing transition, AFN has made many plans, undertaken many projects over the past three months. As People of faith uniting to create positive change for the common good, we’ve come together with many partners speaking out, praying together and acting together to promote positive change.
Will you donate to help us achieve our vision and mission? You can help us unite people of faith around critical issues by financially supporting AFN.
Here are a few updates on AFN’s projects over the past three months:
AFN partnered with hundreds of faith and community leaders in celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King weekend. We were honored to bring representatives from 17 faith traditions to provide the opening faith expressions at the annual MLK breakfast. This was the first year (if ever) that AFN had a presence at the MLK Festival. We engaged with over 20 new AFN partners at that event.
AFN hosted its opening “Faith, Equity & Inclusion” event of the series in January with nearly 100 faith and community leaders. Board members provided theological framing on the issue of faith traditions of speaking out for the poor and marginalized.
We are engaging millennials in a more intentional way. At the first AFN event, millennial speakers provided a diverse perspective on the Good Samaritan and what it means to be a voice for justice in their generation.
AFN partnered with Christian leaders from seven denominations: the Catholic, Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix, United Methodist, Lutheran, Armenian Apostolic, United Church of Christ, and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
In February, AFN partnered with ACLU Demand2Learn on the second in the “Faith, Equity and Inclusion” series, examining the role that implicit bias plays in disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of young boys of color and disabled students from Arizona educational institutions. This discussion fueled dialogue on what faith communities can do to stop this “preschool to prison pipeline.”
AFN supported Chandler Unified School District in dealing with issues of racism. By promoting the theme of “respect for all humanity”, one school turned insult into inspiration.
AFN partnered with the Sierra Club in “Environmental Day at the Legislature.” AFN reached 35 legislative offices with “Call to Action” cards to promote moral decisions.
AFN partnered with CHISPA, the Hispanic arm of the League of Conservation Voters, to promote just use of the Arizona Volkswagen settlement fund through press conferences, information distribution and planning.
AFN partnered with Promise Arizona and several faith leaders to speak out on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation.
Many exciting efforts are being planned for the remainder of 2018:
Our Public Policy Commission will sponsor our third “Faith, Equity & Inclusion” event Faith, Equity & Inclusion in an Age of Mass Incarceration on March 22, 2018, 6:30 pm at Ability360. To register, go to: https://afn-mass-incarceration.eventbrite.com
Our Public Policy Commission will continue to monitor legislative issues that affect poor and vulnerable populations, and we will provide opportunities for our partners to be a voice for justice, equity and empowerment.
Our Theological Dialogue Commission will host a series of “Faith 101” events, following upon the hugely successful Baha’i 101 event that was held last year. Judaism 101 will be held April 25, 7:00 pm at the East Valley Jewish Community Center. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/judaism-101-tickets-43488224450
Our Environmental Justice Commission continues to work on issues affecting our air quality and water. They are also are working diligently to forge substantive partnerships with indigenous people, denominations and faith group not currently involved with AFN.
Our new website, launched in January, will continue to highlight accomplishments, events and our path for the future. It also includes a great set of photo galleries.
If you have already given this year and are looking for an additional opportunity, please consider AFN. If you have not yet given to AFN this year, this is the perfect time!
Thank you in advance for your support! Your donation is greatly appreciated. You can either donate online at www.azfaithnetwork.org/become-a-donor, or send a check to Arizona Faith Network, 1550 E. Meadowbrook Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85014.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
— Winston S. Churchill