Faith Action Network (FAN), a statewide interfaith organization, will celebrate its second annual dinner in Spokane Nov. 10 at The Glover Mansion.
The theme of this year’s event is Raising Our Voices, and will feature a keynote address by the Rev. Priscilla Paris-Austin, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle. She is slated to give a call to faith communities to work structurally on racial equity in our institutions and society, according to a press release.
Travel host Rick Steves will also be speaking at the event about creating and advocating for the kind of communities in which people want to live.
Two awards will be given at the dinner this year. The Interfaith Leadership Award will be presented to Rev. Gen Heywood of Veradale United Church of Christ, on behalf of the group Faith Leaders & Leaders of Conscience, for organizing Truthful Tuesday vigils in the Spokane Valley and working against white supremacy. A Justice Leadership award will be presented to the Yakima Immigration Response Network (YIRN), a Yakima County-based group of volunteers working to support immigrant communities throughout the Yakima Valley since 2017.
In a press release Rev. Jim CastroLang, pastor of Colville UCC and FAN governing board member said, “We’re excited to make this an annual tradition in Spokane, and we know this year will be even better. It’s important for all of us to feel solidarity and support for organizing and advocacy across the state.”
“These past few years we have faced unmatched threats to our neighbors and communities, and we know we gather strength from each other. We have also experienced unparalleled wins at the state level, with FAN participating in the success of more than 40 bills in the 2019 legislative session. Sunday will be a time to celebrate FAN’s movement across the state, east to west, and gather strength from each other for the work ahead in 2020,” said FAN Co-Director Elise DeGooyer.
Faith Action Network is an interfaith, statewide partnership striving for a just, compassionate and sustainable world through community building, education, advocacy, and courageous public action.
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