Email insights: National ‘moral revival’ service to be held in Birmingham

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The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” sent an email Friday announcing a national “moral revival” service at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham to kick off a 19-city tour across the eastern United States on Monday, June 6.

Created by a group of religious leaders frustrated with the tone taken by many people of faith in American politics, the tour seeks to “redefine morality in American politics and challenge leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities.”

Read the full email announcement below:

On Monday, June 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. CST at New Pilgrim Baptist Church, 708 Goldwire Pl SW., “The Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values” will host a “moral revival” service to hear testimony from Alabamians who have been hurt and impacted by immoral political and economic policies. The program will also feature national faith leaders including tour co-founders the Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr., senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church, president of Healing of the Nations Ministries, and national minister for the Drum Major Institute; and the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina.

“The Revival” is a national “moral revival” tour to redefine morality in American politics and challenges leaders of faith and moral courage to be more vocally opposed to harmful policies that disproportionately impact the poor, people who are ill, children, immigrants, communities of color, and religious minorities. The first part of the national revival tour has 19 stops from April 2016 to January 2017, including New York, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Missouri, Washington DC, Tennessee, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, Kentucky, and Virginia.

Event Information

Who: Callie Colley, mother of Venus Greer, a young woman who died from breast and brain cancer, and didn’t have access to healthcare, which could have helped her access doctors and care

Martha Shearer, a PhD candidate, mother, and formerly incarcerated Alabamian who was fired from her job after two years because she “checked a box” on employment forms about being formerly incarcerated, which was reviewed two years after employment

Antoin Adams, a minimum wage worker who is struggling to cover healthcare, transportation, and other living expenses, and is advocating for a living hourly wage of $15 per/hour

Ollie Parham, a victim of predatory loans who found a way out of the “debt trap” created by lenders

Felicia Aldana, a student activists who joined the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice after fearing her father could be deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Rev. Dr. James A Forbes Jr., co-founder of “The Revival,” senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church, president of Healing of the Nations Ministries, and national minister for the Drum Major Institute

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-founder of “The Revival,” president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and architect of the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina

Where: New Pilgrim Baptist Church, 708 Goldwire Pl SW
When: Monday, June 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m CST

To learn more about the tour, visit: www.moralrevival.org.
To read “The Higher Ground Moral Declaration,” visit: www.moralrevival.org/moraldeclaration
To watch the intro video, visit: vimeo.com/161301237

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