Advocacy & Education

St. Matthew’s supports Catholic social justice teachings on, and participates in advocacy efforts related to, issues that include poverty, access to healthcare, and affordable housing, and environmental justice, among others.

Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)

Upcoming events:

Washington Interfaith Network Witness to Action Field Day, Capital Hill: Attend this Tuesday, June 18 action to participate in WIN's #WitnessToAction campaign, which will empower people to organize and around affordable housing issues in the Capital Hill area.  The event is from 6:30 to to 9pm.  The  pick-up point location is TBD.  Go to https://secure.everyaction.com/Hdxcd-M7jkePJATLHL3xwg2 to RSVP for the event.

 

Washington Interfaith Network Witness to Action Field Day, Langston/Woodland: Attend this Saturday, June 22 action to participate in WIN's #WitnessToAction campaign, which will empower people to organize and around affordable housing issues in the Langston Neighborhood/Woodland areas.  The event is from 10:00 am to to 1:00 pm.  The  pick-up point location is TBD.  Go to https://secure.everyaction.com/IRolpq-ZvE6brrGB93cL6g2 to RSVP for the event.

 

Washington Interfaith Network Witness to Action Field Day, Capital Hill, Reservation 13: Attend this Saturday, June 29 action to participate in WIN's #WitnessToAction campaign, which will empower people to organize and around affordable housing issues in Reservation 13 and Capital Hill.  The event is from 10:00 am to to 1:00 pm.  The  pick-up point location is Parkway Overlook (2841 Robinson Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020).  Go to https://secure.everyaction.com/fy5zyGeImEGdxQxWImNFdA2 to RSVP for the event.

 

Washington Interfaith Network Spanish WIN 101 training and celebration: Come out on Thursday,  July 11 for a Spanish-language WIN 101 training. Afterward, celebrate the $2.5 million that WIN's organizing secured for immigrants' legal services funding!  The event is from 7 to 9pm at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, 3211 Sacred Heart Way, NW, Washington, DC 20010. Go to https://secure.everyaction.com/Irs_7QNYs0u7dm7JBovRrg2 to RSVP for the event.

DMV Sanctuary Congregations Network

DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network, Sanctuary Readiness Workshop: The DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network and Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church - the sanctuary home of Rosa Gutierrez Lopez - are offering a workshop for faith communities that have already declared their intention to provide physical sanctuary, those still contemplating it, and those congregations that would like to support sanctuary congregations. The event is from 7 to 9pm on Thursday, May 30 at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.  Go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeW7wSE7lXBf8D-N7W0_y9OLIy5THj1Y_6WMcavD3MVDswb7A/viewform to RSVP for the event.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, marked the 90th day that Rosa Gutierrez has been in sanctuary at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. Despite the outpouring of community support, vigils, and clergy letters, Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner have yet to meet with Rosa. Rosa fled El Salvador in 2005 after facing harassment and violence in her community. She is the mother of three children under the age of 11, including a 6-year-old with Down syndrome and numerous other medical conditions that require vigilant care. Late last year, after years of regular check-ins with ICE, and wearing an ankle monitor since 2017, Rosa was ordered by ICE to self-deport to El Salvador. Fearing for herself and the welfare of her children, she sought help in the community. DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network helped her find refuge at Cedar Lane UU. Rosa's lawyer recently presented a stay of removal to ICE officials, which they denied because Rosa was not present. To learn more about Rosa’s story please read here, (in English) or here.(in Spanish)

Good Faith Communities Coalition

To attend DC budget hearings with Good Faith Community Coalition, contact GFCC at goodfaithdc@gmail.com.

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St. Matthew's Creation Care Team

Check out the new page for the Creation Care Team.

Just Faith

Just Faith is an extended educational and spiritual formation program. Just Faith provides an opportunity for parishioners to study and be formed by the justice tradition articulated within the Scriptures, the Church’s historical witness and Catholic social teaching. The next session is not yet scheduled.

If interested, contact Tyler Martin at stmattsadvocacy@gmail.com.