by Penny Winder, Faith in Action Coordinating Committee, Chair
Earlier this week, I sent emails to everyone on the Faith in Action Coordinating Committee (FiACC) contact list wherein I requested comments, support, or opposition to a letter directed to our Maryland Senators from Maryland Hunger Solutions. I also conferred with the rector and wardens. I received numerous favorable responses from FiACC members and a “blessing” to move forward from the rector and wardens.
The Faith in Action Coordinating Committee added its name to the letter written by the non-profit Maryland Hunger Solutions that states its support for H.R. 6800 or the HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions). HR 6800, which was passed by the House and now goes to the Senate, responds to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. Many other Maryland organizations joined to sign the letter, which will soon deliver to our Senators, Chris Van Hollen and Benjamin Cardin. Read letter here.
While this letter focuses primarily on modest enhancements for the SNAP program, more colloquially known as food stamps, the bill as a whole advocates for a range of issues important to many of at St. John’s. For more details, please click here.
As a church, we cannot appear to be partisan or support any political candidates – and yet, as a church, we must stand up and be heard on issues that are decidedly unfair and prejudicial to those among us who are suffering so badly.