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Faith Voices: Banishing the Darkness Together – Rev. Bill Calhoun 

“For though my faith is not yours and your faith is not mine, if we each are free to light our own flame…”

Faith Voices: Communities of Persistent, Patient Love – Rev. John Mark Hild 

“The church is not called to become a community of psychiatrists; it is called to become a community of persistent, patient love.”

Faith Voices: A Time of Transformation – Jane Reina 

At times these days we can feel helpless and frustrated because of our state of perpetual crisis. We can see it as a time of transition or a time of transformation.

Faith Voices: Standing with Immigrant Families – Maureen Flanigan 

We recognize the brokenness of our world and the brokenness within ourselves. We also recognize that the suffering this causes is not borne equally.

Together Colorado Parent Leaders Create Questionnaire for School Board Candidates in Adams 14 

Together Colorado leaders from Our Lady Mother of the Church’s Social Justice Ministry have created a questionnaire to help educate the Commerce City community about the positions of the candidates for State School Board District 8.

Faith Voices: Spiritual Cities – Rabbi Bernie Gerson 

On Sukkot, the Festival of Booths, Jews are charged with the mitzvah of living in a sukkah, a makeshift booth composed of at least three walls and covered by a roof of branches, for seven days.

Together Colorado Joins Coloradans for Ballot Transparency to Support Proposition GG 

Poll Shows 81% of Coloradans Support Proposition GG to Increase Transparency on the Ballot. Prop GG will Provide Voters with Clear, Unbiased Info about How Tax Policies on the Ballot will Affect their Families.

Faith Voices: A Reflection for the High Holy Days – Rabbi Eliot J. Baskin, DMin 

In the Jewish tradition, this is our season for Turning. Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday the 26th and Yom Kippur on October 5th, with the ten days of Atonement or At-One-Ment in between where we take an accounting of the soul and ask forgiveness.

Faith Voices: A Commitment to Preserve and Enhance Life – Pastor Daniel Smith 

“You shall not murder. What does this mean?”

Faith Voices: On Reason and Passion – Susan Knopf 

“Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.”

Faith Voices: Finding Prayer in the Small Things – Pastor Mary Williams 

“Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper?”

Faith Voices: And We Heal – Rev. Ana Scott 

Hello, Creator! With a renewed perception of vigor, I sense the Divine Presence today.

Faith Voices: Life is Not a Straight Line – Rev. Patrick Hurley 

Life is not a straight line. The ups and downs don’t feel sublime. When the trials and tribulations don’t seem good They bring opportunities to let go of “should.”

Faith Voices: Making Choices in the Name of Love and Justice – Rev. Judy Wrought 

“I’m not surprised by evil or paralyzed by despair. We are at such a low moment in the history of the country that we have to be unflinching in our attempt to recognize levels of corruption… and at the same time straighten our backs up and be willing to bear witness to integrity, honesty, and decency.”

Faith Voices: Build Something New – Rev. Eric Banner 

In our lives, in our relationships, when something has been broken, when walls have come tumbling down, when the earthquake has shaken all that we thought we knew and when hurricanes have blown down the trees, and the roofs, and the antennae of our lives, we are always tempted to just try to get back what we’ve lost.

Faith Voices: Spiritual Oneness, Our Completion – Rev. Bill Calhoun 

We begin with… me over we… ego over soul… controlling power over enabling love.

Faith Voices: On Becoming an Anti-Racist Organization – Sharon R. Bridgeforth 

The Biblical definition of COMPASSION is to emphasize with someone who is suffering and to feel COMPELLED to reduce their suffering. However, for Together Colorado, more than empathy and compassion is needed; we MUST be an anti-racist organization.

Faith Voices: The Pattern of the Planet – Celeste Rossmiller, PhD 

How wise to be kind. How generous to listen. Please enjoy the poem below, as we learn to follow the pattern of the Planet.

Faith Voices: What If… – Bishop Kae Madden 

What if…. the seeds of the kingdom of God grow like weeds…

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Faith Voices: Devotion to the Holy – Rev. Mark Meeks 

In this world, it seems, the holy and the unholy do not exist apart, but are mixed, interrelated, and confounded.

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Faith Voices: A Prayer for Summer Solstice – Rev. Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson 

We welcome summer and the glorious blessing of light.

1,492 Community Members Support Keeping Adams 14 School District Open and Public 

We the undersigned represent community members of the Adams 14 school district- families, students, teachers- and allies throughout the state. We write this letter to address the decisions that were made, and finalized, by the members of the Colorado State Board of Education in May 2022; to remove the accreditation of the Adams 14 school district and begin a reorganization process.

ECHO and Together Colorado Announce Results of Survey of County Commissioner Candidates 

The East County Housing Opportunity Coalition and Together Colorado have teamed up to provide a candidate survey to Boulder County Commissioner Candidates, Elaina Shively and Ashley Stolzman on two important issues – mental health and affordable housing.

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Faith Voices: Do Not Fear – Susan Bolduc 

Fear paralyzes us. We cannot work actively against injustice when we fear. Fear divides us. We cannot love our neighbor when we fear them.

Faith Voices: The Oneness that God Longs For – Rev. Bill Calhoun 

God creates us for life together with God and with each and every fragile and precious person before us.

Faith Voices: Happy Earth Day! Blessed Arbor Day! – Rev. Jessica Abell 

In the Green community, the week surrounding April 22nd has become a long celebration of Creation. Many of us now call it Earth Week.

138 Colorado Faith Leaders Support Protections for Mobile Home Park Residents 

No matter our color, background or zip code, home is where we lay our heads, hug our loved ones, and make our memories. But today, this sacred space, home, is at risk for our neighbors who live in mobile home parks.

98 Faith Leaders Support Measures to Reduce Child and Youth Interaction with Criminal Justice System 

No matter their color, background, or zip code, every child deserves to grow in a supportive environment that respects their humanity, upholds their dignity, and responds fairly to mistakes and missteps. 

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Faith Voices- Celebrating Ramadan- Ihsan Riahi 

Ramadan is this month. It is a time for spiritual discipline, an opportunity for self-contemplation of one’s relationship with God, extra prayer, increased charity and generosity, and more opportunities to spread goodness and love in society starting with our own self, our families, friends, and strangers.

Faith Voices: On Grief and Love – Rev. Gary R. Weaver 

Grief: the universal experience of our humanity. It bears testimony to the other universal human experience we call love.

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Faith Voices: Teaching Freedom – Rabbi Hillel Katzir 

The Jewish Festival of Passover begins this Saturday evening, March 27, and lasts for eight days. During those days, Jews observing the Festival take part in a number of observances that are all part of the central theme of teaching the lessons of the holiday.

Faith Voices: Canticle of Healing – Rev. Dr. Neema Caughran 

Light of Spirit, please hear our prayers: For the dying and the ill, Send the light of solace. 

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Together Colorado Signs Letter Opposing Aurora Camping Ban 

Our organizations share the same vision: ending homelessness in Aurora and improving the health and quality of life for our unhoused neighbors.

Faith Voices: Pursuing a Just Society Prayer – Rev. Dr. Anne Rice-Jones 

God of Justice and God of Righteousness, you created us in your own image and likeness. You commanded us to, ” Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Together Colorado Board President Encourages Reflection and Action on Holocaust Remembrance Day 

Today we honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism. We commit to fighting against antisemitism and hate of any kind, which includes taking action in our backyard.

Faith Voices: The Great Affair – Rev. Alan Johnson 

The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day.

Multi-Faith Climate Justice Commission Calls on Gov. Polis To Act on Climate 

May the blessings and greetings of many holidays and celebrations be with you and your family. We the undersigned represent people of faith from virtually every tradition and region across Colorado.

Faith Voices: There’s a Thread You Follow – Rev. Dr. Melinda Veatch 

For years this poem, “The Way It Is” by William Stafford, has woven its way through various aspects of my ministry and life. It has been a strong guide for me.

Faith Voices: What is Your Faith Expression of Courageous Action? – Rev. Alane Currier Griggs 

Georgia Harkness wrote a beautiful and thought-provoking piece on the meaning of faith in 1947. In it, she describes faith in terms of what it is and what it is not. 

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Faith Voices- Cultivating Connection- Rev. Wendy Jones 

As I think about connection in this world we live in, I realize that it is time to truly embrace the truth of the deep connection that we are invited into both with other human beings and the world around us.

Faith Voices: I Thank God for Faith Leaders – Rev. Kaila Armbruster 

I am an ELCA Lutheran Pastor and a colleague of mine shared this Reflection from Brian McLaren. I needed to hear this now more than ever and so maybe some of you need to hear this too.

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Community Organizers and Advocacy Groups Rally To Hold Corporations Accountable for Greed as Part of National Day of Action 

Community organizers, leaders, and advocates for corporate accountability held a public demonstration today outside an Amazon corporate office in downtown Denver to call attention to the company’s multi-million dollar lobbying efforts against President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda.

Together Colorado Joins Coalition To Defeat Measure 2F 

Date: September 22, 2021  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Hazel Gibson, [email protected], 713-502-9446 Huge Coalition Announces Intention to Defeat Measure 2F NO on 2F: Keep Denver Housed has launched a community-led campaign to defeat measure 2F on Denver’s November ballot — a referendum that would exacerbate the affordable …

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Community Organizations Hold Vigil for Immigration Reform, Receive Commitment From Senator Hickenlooper To Support a Pathway to Citizenship 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laura Peniche, 303-999-1336, [email protected]  OR Adrienne Aguirre Deshaies, 720-771-3862, [email protected] 08/12/2021 Coalition of Community Organizations Hold Vigil for Immigration Reform at Senator Hickenlooper’s Office, Receive Commitment from the Senator Immigrant leaders, faith leaders and allies stood …

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Together Colorado & East County Housing Opportunity Coalition Announce Recommendations for Affordable Housing with ARPA Funds    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7/13/21 Together Colorado & East County Housing Opportunity Coalition Meghan Carrier (720) 505-9201  [email protected] Together Colorado & East County Housing Opportunity Coalition Announce Transformational Recommendations for Affordable Housing with ARPA Funds    On Monday, July 12, 2021, at …

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Metro Denver Faith Leaders Express Support for the Park Hill Safe Outdoor Space 

June 15, 2021 We, the undersigned Metro Denver faith leaders express our unequivocal support for the Park Hill Safe Outdoor Space (SOS) at Park Hill United Methodist Church & Temple Micah in Park Hill. As people of faith, it is …

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157 Colorado Faith Leaders Support Tax Fairness Legislation 

May 12, 2021 Dear Honorable Members of the Colorado State Legislature, Together Colorado is a nonpartisan, multi-racial and multi-faith statewide organization working to place human dignity at the center of public life in Colorado. We are writing this letter to …

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Faith Voices: Abide with All Creation – Rev. Jack Veatch 

In this time of pandemic I have taken up two new identities, Pet Owner and Pastor, as well as found new meaning in an old identity as a Gardener.

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 Faith Voices: Is There a Multi-Faith Movement for Justice? – Rev. Dr. Anne Rice-Jones 

Is There a Multi-Faith Movement for Justice? The answer is a resounding yes! People of all faiths and none have a role to play in building a world of equity, love and justice.

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186 Colorado Faith Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Reform the Police Practice of Showups 

March 31, 2021                           Dear Honorable Members of the Colorado State Legislature: Together Colorado is a nonpartisan, multi-racial and multi-faith statewide organization working to place human dignity at the center of public life in Colorado. We are writing this letter to …

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Faith Voices: Beloved Is Where We Begin – Rev. Thandiwe Dale-Ferguson 

Beloved is where we begin. We are already loved. We are already part of a divinity that is itself love. And we are invited to respond with our love.

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Press Release: Together Colorado Parent Leaders Pressure Adams 14 School District Managers for More Commitment to Community Partnership 

For Immediate Release March 19, 2021 Contact: Yatzari Lozano, 720-486-6184, [email protected]; Adrienne Aguirre Deshaies, 720-771-3862, [email protected] Together Colorado Parent Leaders Pressure Adams 14 School District Managers for More Commitment to Community Partnership Parent leaders presented to district leadership and the …

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158 Colorado Faith Leaders Urge Lawmakers To Prioritize Housing Affordability and Security 

All faith traditions urge us to care for each other, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or how much is in our wallet. Right now, many individuals and families are struggling to simply keep a roof over their heads.

Faith Voices: In a World Without Caste – Rev. Mark Meeks 

In a world without caste, instead of a false swagger over our own tribe or family or ascribed community, we would look upon all of humanity with wonderment: the lithe beauty of an Ethiopian runner, the bravery of a Swedish girl determined to save the planet, the physics-defying aerobatics of an African-American Olympian…

Faith Voices: The Fear and the Hope – Rev. Jessica Abell 

The most common message throughout the holy books of the Abrahamic people is “do not be afraid.” And yet, fear in many ways swirls around us. Sometimes fear is a gift of signal and alerts us to where true danger may lie. And sometimes fear is the mind-killer, the paralyzer, the insidious liar, and holds us back from the path before us.

Faith Voices: A Prayer For the World – Rev. Dr. Anne Rice-Jones 

Let the rain come and wash away the ancient grudges, the bitter hatreds held and nurtured over generations. Let the rain wash away the memory of the hurt, the neglect. Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows.

Faith Voices: A Prayer for Racial Justice – Rev. Dr. Anne Rice-Jones 

Save us, O God, from ourselves, From racism often cloaked in pious words, From the machinations of white supremacy hidden in calls for civility, From micro-aggressions thinly veiled in arrogance, From apologies when they don’t give way to action…

Faith Voices: The Current – Dave Edwards 

Ruth Messinger, former president of the American Jewish World Service, cautions us not to let the enormity of what needs fixing be an excuse to turn aside from involvement. “It is our responsibility to work through the feeling of being overwhelmed, find ways in which we can make a difference, and remember our tradition teaches that to save one life is to save the world.”

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Faith Voices: Interdependence as Compassion – Marie Venner 

Two parts of our faith traditions that are core to our work at Together Colorado are compassion and prophetic voice. The great Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said the following about what it means to be human — “a dreadful oblivion prevails …

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Faith Voices: Worth of All Persons – Rev. Dave Nii 

A guiding life principle from my faith tradition is to unreservedly recognize, uphold, and protect the intrinsic value of all persons. In this country’s struggle with racial injustice, fear, and hate, the need for voices and actions to rise-up and …

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