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More than 200 members of Speaking of Faith meet with 21 state legislators about community concerns

The Revs. Laurie Eaton and Grant Stevensen, with other members of the interfaith coalition Speaking of Faith, discuss issues that will be addressed in the 2013 legislative session with Rep. Erin Murphy, Speaker of the Minnesota House. Metro Lutheran photo: Bob Hulteen

On Sunday, January 6, 240 religious and community leaders from ISAIAH, Jewish Community Action, His Works United, and the Center for Public Ministry gathered with 21 members of the Minnesota State Legislature at Mount Zion Temple in St. Paul. The event was called Speaking of Faith Before the Session.

Legislators and faith leaders discussed shared values and the use of those values to work toward racial and economic equity during the upcoming legislative session. Legislators participated in roundtable discussions during the event, speaking to constituents and religious leaders about what was needed to improve Minnesota.

Rabbi Adam Spilker of Mount Zion Temple and a leader of Jewish Community Action opened the summit; “We are people of faith, committed to civil and thoughtful discourse, calling for a state-wide conversation of our values. We understand political compromises, but we are unwavering in a call for justice.”

In the closing prayer, the Rev. Jonathan Zielske, Hope Lutheran Church, St. Paul, reminded participants of a legacy of divine faithfulness, even in uncertain times.

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