Portland, ORóWith congressional races heating up in Oregon and around the country, there is a lot of pressure for candidates to "look more religious," or to "talk more about faith." Meanwhile religious leaders want to help get out the vote, but need help navigating the fine line between civic participation and partisan political activity.
How can the often divisive use of religion in politics be harnessed instead to promote diversity and strengthen our democracy? The Interfaith Alliance is dedicated to providing the very answers to that question.
The Interfaith Alliance is kicking off it's One Nation, Many Faiths, Vote 2006 program in Portland on August 23, 2006 at The Benson Hotel located at 309 SW Broadway. There will be issue trainings and skills building workshops as well as an evening town hall meeting to teach activists, religious leaders and candidates the skills they need to challenge religious political extremism, encourage civic participation, and promote religious liberty.
Hosting the evening, will be Reverend Welton Gaddy, president of The Interfaith Alliance and host of the national radio program, State of Belief. Panelists will include:
∑ Chuck Currie, Minister at Parkrose Community United Church of Christ in Portland and a respected blogger on issues of religion and politics,
∑ Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Director of Public Policy for Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon,
∑ And Donna Zajonc, Author of The Politics of Hope: Reviving the Dream of Democracy and a native Oregonian working as a political leadership coach.
In addition, two free election year guides, Running for Office in a Multi-Faith Nation, and A Campaign Season Guide for Houses of Worship, will be available.
Please contact Amy Wolf at 917-847-4992 to set up an interview with Rev. Gaddy, or one of the panelists during this special engagement in Portland. A full schedule, more information, and copies of the guides are available upon request, or at www.InterfaithAlliance.org/elections.