By Rev. Barbara Callaghan

Last Monday I had the privilege of marching and sweating with many other clergy from the Boston area as part of the Moral Monday National Day of Action. June Cooper, our friend and the executive director of City Mission, led us to the capitol steps on Beacon Hill while hundreds of folks gathered around us, singing “This Little Light of Mine,” and chanting the motto of the Moral Monday movement, “Forward together. Not one step back!” It was a wonderfully energetic day full of possibility for a growing Boston inter-religious commitment to hold our elected leaders accountable to a moral agenda that transcends party lines.

In case you’re not familiar with it, the Moral Monday movement began a couple of years ago in North Carolina, led by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, the President of the NC NAACP. This movement has caught on nationwide, and is calling our leaders, at local as well as state and national levels, to have as a top priority a moral agenda as legislation is crafted and voted upon. This agenda focuses on the common causes of promoting the dignity of all human beings as well as protecting our earth. Specifically, the Moral Monday movement is advocating through an inter-faith lens for policies that are:

  •     Pro-labor, anti-poverty, and anti-racist
  •     Striving for equality in education
  •     Making strides for healthcare for all
  •     Seeking fairness in the criminal justice system
  •     And protecting and expanding voting rights for all citizens

But, don’t take my word for it, check it out for yourself, and consider adding your name to this growing, crucial movement:

http://www.moralrevival.org/moraldeclaration/

As I stood happily sweating in my clergy garb on the steps, smashed in with many colleagues, I was very proud to serve Hancock Church, and especially proud of our 150-year partnership with City Mission and the good work they do. We are in a very unusual and important time in our history as a nation. We follow a savior who minced no words about holding the rulers of his day accountable to uphold the dignity of all people, especially “the least of these.” This is part of the prayer we say together each Sunday, known as the Lord’s Prayer, when we ask that God’s kingdom, or realm, come here on earth. Check out the above link, and as always I’m available to you for conversation!

Peace, Barbara