Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NCIC 11-11-11 "Pastors of All Faiths Thanksgiving Breakfast & Occupy Oakland

Northern California Interreligious Conference
4335 Virginia Avenue
Oakland, CA  94619

For Immediate Release                                                            
November 2, 2011                                                                    

Jackie Wright
 415 525 0410


Planned Thanksgiving Breakfast Calling All Pastors of All Faiths Together unfolds to Include Prayers for Healing in the Aftermath of Violence of Occupy Oakland.

WHO:               James A. Forbes, “Dean of Clergy,” Founder of Healing of the Nations Church, Senior Minister Emeritus of Riverside Church, built in 1927 by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927; Reverend Michael Livingston, Director of the National Council of Churches’ Fighting Poverty With Faith Initiative (National Food Stamp Challenge), Reverend Greggory Brown, Board President of Northern California Interreligious Conference (NCIC), Reverend Phil Lawson, NCIC Board Member, Director of EBHO Housing, Invited: U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (unconfirmed)  Mayor Jean Quan (CONFIRMED), Pastors of All Faiths, and other invited dignitaries.

WHAT:            All Pastors Interreligious Thanksgiving Breakfast to honor the unsung work of pastors and to inspire clergy to initiate healing after the violence of Occupy Oakland.

WHEN:            Friday, November 11th 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:          Cathedral of Christ the Light Church, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

WHY:               All Pastors Interreligious Thanksgiving Breakfast is a call to action for leaders of all faiths to pray and take action for the good of all.  The Clergy is part of the 99% of the Occupy Movement.  The violence against protestors at Occupy Oakland who were assembled lawfully and who were exercising their “right to freedom of speech” October 25 and with the reported violence overnight November 2 have created a sense of urgency for clergy to perform their role to “call for justice and call for peace.”

During these hard economic times, the clergy are at the forefront of bringing solutions to their neighborhoods.  They are among the first to hear the cries of the people concerning food, foreclosure, and joblessness. NCIC is honored to have the highly respected “Dean of Clergy,” Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. speak to the conscience of clergy.  NCIC supports Michael Livingston & the National Council of Churches Fighting Poverty with Faith Initiative that kicked off “Food Stamp Challenge” at Congress last week, encouraging lawmakers to survive on $31.50 a week ($4.50 a day) for food for their families. Congresswoman Barbara Lee accepted the challenge.

Considering the crime statistics, they would be worse, if it were not for clergy 1) inspiring people to do good and 2) helping to rehabilitate those that have been incarcerated.

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