Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Clergy for Tolerance announces new website, Breakfast event

submitted by the Clergy for Tolerance organizers

It's been too long since we last gathered, but we're back and more energized than ever! 

Clergy for Tolerance has gone through many changes in the past few years, but we hope these changes will revitalize the group and give us a renewed sense of purpose. As you know, Clergy for Tolerance always has organized around Immigration issues, and that has not changed. However, with the recent passing of anti-immigration legislation in Alabama, Georgia, and Arizona, it is imperative that we make certain our voices are heard by our State Legislators and that we are committed to educating our faith communities on the conseuquences of the legislation that will be introduced in the 2012 Tennessee Legislative session. In some cases, these laws could make it difficult for clergy to continue providing food, shelter, transportation, housing, and even the church's sacraments to their congregants regardless of race, class, or citizenship status.  

Website | To that end, we created a website for Clergy for Tolerance at http://www.clergyfortolerance.org. At this site you will find the latest articles on faith, immigration, and state legislation; faith statements and immigration websites organized by tradition and denomination; statements from national faith leaders on immigration; worship resources on immigration; and information on upcoming events. While you are there, please make sure you sign up to receive newsletter updates and enter your cell number to receive legislative and event updates and alerts (both are located on the right side of each page).

Upcoming Clergy for Tolerance Breakfast |  The most exciting news we have, though, is that we're holding a Clergy for Tolerance Breakfast on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 7:30-9:00 am. Our keynote speaker will be United Methodist Bishop William Willimon, head of the North Alabama Conference and leader of the faith community’s opposition and response to Alabama’s immigration law. HB 56 went into effect on September 29, 2011 and widely is considered the toughest-in-the-nation legislation on undocumented workers. Bishop Willimon will address the importance of clergy involvement in preventing similar legislation from passing in Tennessee and provide examples of the challenges presently for faith communities in Alabama (and ones we will be facing if this legislation passes in Tennessee) under this new law.

To reserve your seat at the breakfast, please click here and register. This event is free for Tennessee clergy and supplemental resources will be available for you to take back to your faith communities.  

We look forward to seeing you on November 30! Don't forget to visit the new website, www.clergyfortolerance.org, and sign up to receive our newsletters and event annoucements. While you're there, make sure you enter your cell number to receive legislative alerts and event updates, and don't forget to register for the breakfast. You also can friend us on facebook and follow us on twitter either at the website or by clicking on the links at the bottom of this email. Finally, iff you know of other clergy who might be interested in joining the site or attending the breakfast, please feel free to forward this email.  

Best wishes, and we hope you're as excited as we are that Clergy for Tolerance has re-organized and is ready to go!

Posted on 10/18/2011 12:01 AM by Office of Communications
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