Faith Table Weekly Briefing – October 10

Bringing together the national and the local for a sustained progressive faith movement

By Michael Vasquez and Sharon Groves


This group has been deeply engaged early on in speaking out against the unjust invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin. Recently, Joe Biden scared us all with the mic drop comment that the risk of Armageddon is at its highest level since 1962.

(AP) Biden’s ‘Armageddon’ talk edges beyond bounds of US intel

Ukraine historian Timothy Snyder suggests that this might not be the best frame to see the likely outcome of the war with Ukraine and suggests that “Using the mushroom cloud for narrative closure generates anxiety and hinders clear thinking. Focusing on that scenario rather than on the more probable ones prevents us from seeing what is actually happening, and from preparing for the more likely possible futures.”

This argument merits attention even if you disagree:

(Timothy Snyder Substack) How does the Russo-Ukrainian War end?


The Faiths United to Save Democracy and YP1000 will host a special night of praise and worship featuring Grammy Nominated Recording Artist Todd Dulaney at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church. This free event and live-streamed broadcast will focus on what’s at stake in the upcoming election, how to protect basic voting rights, and the importance of the next election for young voters everywhere. More information at

When: Friday, October 14th, 2022.
Where: Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist St, Jacksonville, FL 32202,

Faiths United to Save Democracy Campaign is a nonpartisan, interfaith, multi-racial, and intergenerational group comprising leaders of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other faiths across the country. The YP 1000 Initiative is designed to educate, engage, and equip younger faith leaders, their congregations, and their networks about how to ensure the nation has a free, fair, and safe election.


Interfaith Power & Light:

Oct. 18th – Faith and Forests webinar featuring Dr. Nalini Nadkarni –
Oct. 25th – COP 27: The Faith Voice at COP –

UU THE VOTE: Our Fall Flex for 4 Million leverages the power of our national, state, and local networks to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate in critical ballot measures and combat the voter suppression laws that have made it more difficult for people to vote. We’re hosting events across the country to engage and mobilize voters in key states. Together with our UU State Action Networks and frontline partners, we’re knocking on doors, hosting rallies, calling voters, and doing everything to reach 4 million voters before Election Day! Learn more and join us!

U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships: National Summit, October 20th, Washington D.C.


Member Highlight: Pride in the Pews




Please welcome Don Abram, the founder of Pride in the Pews to our group. Pride in the Pews is a grassroots nationwide organization bridging the gap between the Black Church and the LGBTQ+ community. 

Its founder, Don Abram, is a queer public theologian & social innovator operating at the intersection of race, religion, and social change. His work has been featured in prominent news outlets, including the Chicago TribuneABC7ChicagoChristian Science Monitor, and Fox32. He received his B.A. from Pomona College and his M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School.




Join this year’s Religious Freedom Mobile Institute, October 27-29th




Sojourners Wrap Up: 




The National Council of Jewish Women is hiring for a few new roles, including a Director of Development, Digital Communications Associate, and other incredible positions. Check them out and share with your networks.

Judson Memorial Church on Washington Square in Greenwich Village, NYC, has just posted its call for applicants for senior leadership. All who are interested should apply by November 15, 2022, and please spread the word! This historic congregation has been committed to radical arts, social justice and worship for generations and is ready for the next transformation!


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