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Colorado church leaders join summit against white supremacy

October 11, 2017 Updated: October 11, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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Alice Vines, left, who is the pastor of Believe It Jesus Ministry Church in Farmville and her sister, Audrey Vines Daniels, lock up the church after a Sunday morning service. (Raleigh News & Observer via the AP)

Colorado will be well-represented at an Indianapolis summit to stand up to white supremacy, "environmental degradation" and other political issues as a matter of faith this month.

The 300 delegates to the Prophetic Resistance Summit Oct. 23-25 will include faith leaders from Denver, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, Parker, Lakewood and Boulder County, according to organizers.

"We're choosing to be prophets of the resistance," the Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, the organizer for the PICO National Network, which works with about 1,000 congregations in more than 200 towns and cities, said in a statement.

"We're a grassroots movement fighting against ideas and policy proposals touted by President Donald Trump and the radical right. We're exploring what it means to embody love in the face of fear, and what it means to use resistance as a tactic to create meaningful change for our communities - communities most impacted by oppressive policies."

PICO said the Colorado delegates includes:

Rev. Dr. Anne Rice-Jones, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance/Rose of Sharon Tabernacle, Lakewood.

Rev. Jann Halloran, Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker.

Rev. Dr. Timothy E. Tyler, Shorter Community AME Church, Denver.

Rev. Nature Johnston, Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Grand Junction.

Rev. Dr. Robert Davis, Park Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, Denver.

Rev. Dr. Douglas Sharp, Colorado Springs.

Rev. Karen Howe, United Church of Christ, Boulder County.

Rev. Dr. Cheryl C. Williamson, Central Baptist Church, Denver.

"It is imperative that faith leaders stand up and offer support and solace to the vulnerable communities under attack in this current political atmosphere," Tyler said. "The scriptures call us to 'do' justice. There is no better time than the present to act in a decisive manner."

Denver-based Together Colorado is a PICO affiliate.

Together Colorado is made up of 150 congregations, schools and faith leaders from Pueblo to Fort Collins.

"We are working together to put human dignity at the center of public life in Colorado, it says on its website.

"Grounded in our faith and democratic traditions and in the everyday concerns of the people in our congregations, schools and communities, we train and equip faith leaders and volunteer community leaders to join together to resolve community issues on their own behalf at local, state and national levels. Current key issues include education, health care, public safety, immigration and economic justice."

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