St Benedict hosted the Faith Action Network (FAN) Gathering on Sept 24.

FAN is a statewide network of advocating faith communities. Their advocacy to the legislature, to Congress, and to local government is on behalf of the poor and vulnerable.  At the national level, they call to action around such issues as cuts in Medicaid, food stamps, education. Within Washington State, FAN tracks legislative actions on human trafficking, gun safety, mental health, criminal justice reform, and economic and environmental justice.
At the recent gathering, we heard what other faith communities are doing in the realm of advocacy and outreach.  FAN’s work is possible through building relationships in faith communities for more effective impact on public policy issues which affect those without power and voice. www.fanwa.org
Attending from SBC were Jody Keys, Fran Frodsham, Jeff Zahir, Peggy Carmichael, Judy Lindsay, and Kathy Baros Friedt.  SBC is asked to consider joining the Faith Action Network. In particular there are two initiatives, one on reducing carbon emissions and the other on reforming police standards and accountability (I940.) . In casting the net of educating the populace about these policies, church leadership is encouraged to make these petitions available for signature within the facility.