Going to Court for a Faithful Budget

In July, eleven religious leaders, including myself, were arrested in the Capitol Rotunda while praying and protesting for a Faithful Budget that protects the most vulnerable. (If you missed the story, you can read about it here.)

Now, we are going to court. The status hearing will take place on Tuesday, October 11.

We welcome your prayers – not simply for us, but for the eventual passage of a federal budget that raises revenue rather than cuts programs that serve the most vulnerable among us. Join the virtual prayer community on Facebook, or on Twitter using the hashtag #FaithfulBudgetThose who are able, please join us to pray outside the courthouse at 8:00am at the Washington D.C. Superior Court, 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W.

The Prayer Service program is as follows:

Opening Prayer – The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson Director, Presbyterian Church (USA) Office of Public Witness

Reflection on the purpose of our faithful action – The Rev. Jennifer Butler Executive Director, Faith in Public Life

Reflection on the purpose of our faithful action – The Rev. Bob Edgar, President of Common Cause

Closing Prayer – The Rev. Michael Livingston, Past President, National Council of Churches, and current Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative

To plan a Faithful Budget prayer vigil in your home community at any time this Fall, click here to see our Faithful Budget Vigil Resources. Let me know if you’re planning something.

Grace and Peace,

Michael Livingston

Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative

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