The Workers’ Rights Boards and the Faith Labor Alliances present
Labor in the Pulpits, on the Bimah, in the Minbar:
Labor in the Pulpits, on the Bimah, in the Minbar is organized nationally by Interfaith Worker Justice and in our state through our Workers’ Rights Boards and Faith Labor Alliances.
We can work with you and your faith community to honor workers during this Labor Day weekend, and any time this fall, to lift up the voices of working families across Missouri!
Labor in the Pulpits, on the Bimah, in the Minbar is a nationwide effort to celebrate the link between faith, work, and justice. Since 1996, thousands of congregations have focused worship services on the dignity of labor, the importance of labor and work in all peoples’ lives, and the injustices facing workers in our state and world. Labor in the Pulpits also focuses on the religious community’s efforts to support workers’ struggles for living wages and family-sustaining benefits.
Each year in Missouri since 2006, Missouri Jobs with Justice and Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action has organized our statewide Labor in the Pulpits program with a timely theme. We have focused on health care, the Missouri tax structure, the plight of low wage and fast food workers, increasing the minimum wage, and stopping the injustices produced by predatory payday loans.
Participating in Labor in the Pulpits creates opportunities for people of faith to be a part of critical initiative campaigns to strengthen working families.
As always, engagement by a community of faith is at that community’s discretion. The leadership of a faith community can choose how they would like to participate in Labor in the Pulpits.
This Labor in the Pulpits, on the Bimah, in the Minbar season, Faith communities may:
- distribute bulletin inserts & voter pledge cards
- add specific prayer and reflection around the dignity of labor and/or choose to modify their liturgies
- have a table in a public place where people can share symbols of their labor – for example, a baby bottle for a full-time parent, a hard hat for a construction worker, a stethoscope for a nurse, a Meals on Wheels container for a retired volunteer, etc.
- listen to clergy preach or teach about the connection between faith and work and/or the importance of passing policies and initiatives to benefit Missouri families. Remember, it is always legal for faith communities to talk about initiatives that accord with their values.
- invite low-wage workers to speak about their connection between faith and work during a worship service, an adult forum, a mid-week gathering, or any combination of events. Speakers may be workers from within the faith community or from our broader network. Let us know if you need help recruiting a speaker for a worship service, forum, or other events.
If you choose to participate in the Labor in the Pulpits program, you will find helpful materials – including sample prayers, reflections, resources from Interfaith Worker Justice, and materials on upcoming campaigns. If you need any assistance, please contact your regional Champions Organizer:
- Cecilia Belser-Patton, Kansas City Champions Organizer
- The Rev. Dr. Teresa Danieley, St. Louis Champions Organizer
- Kay Mills, Springfield-Ozarks Champions Organizer
On behalf of the Workers’ Rights Boards and Faith Labor Alliances, Missouri Jobs with Justice, and Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action, thank you for your efforts to strengthen working families and promote economic justice for all!
The Labor in the Pulpits program provides congregations and communities of all faith traditions across the country an opportunity to celebrate labor, reflect on the meaning of work as “vocation,” and promote workers’ rights and economic justice for all. Many faith traditions strongly support justice for workers and share the following values:
- All people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
- The economy should work for all of us.
- All workers should earn enough for life’s basic necessities.
- Stable and just employment is a fundamental right for all.
Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action is ready to work with you to create a powerful service or educational opportunity to put faith to work for justice!
- 2019 Congregational Bulletin insert
- Medicaid Expansion Talking Points
- Handout explaining Missouri’s Medicaid Coverage Gap
- “Racism has prevented Medicaid Expansion”
- Jewish Resources
- Christian Resources
- Muslim Resources
- Buddhist Resources
- Interfaith Worker Justice national resources
- Congregation Ballot Initiative guidelines
Paid for by Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action; Audrey Hollis, Treasurer; 2725 Clifton, St. Louis, MO 63139