Wyoming Interfaith Network Resolutions, Edited 2018

On Sacred Ground:  We of the Sacred Ground Team do what we can, right where we live, to conserve the land and honor the web of life. We persistently network throughout Wyoming with others who care about the environment; provide resources from our interfaith partners on earth keeping; and host various educational, networking, and outreach events about honoring and conserving the earth.

  • Support congregations in greening churches, such as efforts to reduce consumption rates
  • Educate congregations to conserve ecological integrity of sacred ground in Wyoming, like the Red Desert and grasslands
  • Promote an energy future of nonrenewable and renewable energy sources like photovoltaic, solar, wind, safe nuclear, biomass, geothermal, and hydroelectric to mitigate climate change and diversify Wyoming’s economy
  • Educate congregations surrounding the unsustainable rate of population growth and rapid decrease of creation’s capacity to feed, clothe, and shelter the current human population (7.5 billion) and the additional 2.5 billion people expected by 2050.
  • Advocate for: responsible development; groundwater monitoring and protections; holding developers accountable for pollution; workforce protections; and adequate funding for family planning services in Wyoming

For Peace and Justice:  “We are one family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be.” (From Catholic Charities, USA)  We envision a society that promotes human dignity and the capacity for each to grow. Marred by deepening divisions among us, especially the rich and the poor, as a moral duty, we advocate for and with the poor, prisoners, foreigners, and others who are vulnerable.  Therefore, we support systems, causes, actions and laws that do the following:

  • WIN Child and Vulnerable Adult ResolutionWhereas: The Wyoming Interfaith Network seeks  to reduce child and vulnerable adult poverty and hunger, by improving access to affordable housing, food, health care, child and vulnerable adult care and a living wage.Therefore: The Wyoming Interfaith Network seeks to alleviate and eventually eliminate child poverty and child hunger, two issues which are inherently intertwined, by supporting anti-poverty efforts to require a living wage for workers and individuals currently living below the poverty line.  WIN should partner with existing programs and actively support other organization’s efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty. By initiating programs and partnering with existing programs, WIN can make a significant difference in the lives of the state’s children and vulnerable adults who live in poverty and lack healthy nutrition. In this day and age no person, young or old, should have to go hungry or live in poverty.
  • Health Care in Wyoming Resolution:Whereas: the proposed goal is to help the citizens of Wyoming gain and maintain health care insurance coverage that is affordable and sufficient to cover any and all health care needs.Therefore: The Wyoming Interfaith Network supports Medicaid expansion and affordable health care for the 20,000 plus individuals and marginalized people who have no health care insurance and will work to devise a system that makes health care affordable to all the residents of Wyoming. While the State of Wyoming opposed the Affordable Care Act, and continues to refuse to expand Medicaid, hospitals and emergency rooms are left to pick up unrecoverable costs estimated to be $100 million dollars per year. Those costs are passed along to consumers.
  • Juvenile Justice Reform Resolution,Whereas: WIN wishes to support alternatives to the existing Juvenile Justice systemTherefore: WIN recognizes that the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice is the lead organization put together by the State and that their strategic plans for2018-2020 cover all the bases for Juvenile Justice Reform in the State. The strategic plan is thorough and comprehensive as presented. Therefore, be it resolved that the Wyoming Interfaith Network will work to partner with and become part of the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ) team. The SACJJ organization appears to be open to participation by interested outside parties, and WIN should actively support the SACJJ efforts to reform Juvenile Justice in Wyoming. It makes sense to reach out and work with SACJJ to eliminate duplication of Justice reforms.
  • Mental Health Resolution:Whereas:  No specific resolution on mental and/or behavioral health exists; however, the majority of other resolutions are related to improving mental and behavioral health, but stop short of a viable solution to mental health issues and needs.

    Therefore: The Wyoming Interfaith Network seeks to promote the mental and behavioral health of children and adults by fostering connected, supportive, equitable and compassionate communities that are knowledgeable about the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and how to prevent related risk factors through enhancing the five protective factors: parent resilience, social connections, social support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development, and social and emotional competence of children.

  • Immigration Reform ResolutionWhereas: The currently existing government immigration policy is deeply flawed and discriminatory to various specific people from diverse backgrounds, to those who would seek a better life in our country.

    Therefore: The Wyoming Interfaith Network seeks to promote and advocate for an immigration system that doesn’t discriminate against immigrants because of their countries of origin, helps keep families together, offers a path to citizenship for DACA individuals, supports admission of a reasonable number of refugees to the U.S. and generally shows compassion and understanding for all immigrants.

  • Existing Resolutions to be Kept:
    1. Whereas: The Wyoming interfaith Network seeks to be on the cutting edge of discrimination reform;

    Therefore: WIN opposes any form of discrimination and supports equality, regardless of religion, color, race, national origin, age, disabilities, gender identity or sexual orientation

     

    1. Whereas: The Wyoming Interfaith Network seeks to have a meaningful relationship with the Native American residents of Wyoming

    Therefore: The Wyoming Interfaith Network proposes intentional listening, learning and caring conversation with the Native American peoples of the State of Wyoming, with the express intent of fostering understanding of Native American issues and how the Wyoming Interfaith Network can stand in solidarity with our Native American neighbors, while respecting Native American cultures, lifestyles and spirituality.

For Spiritual Life: The family of faith, represented in the Wyoming Interfaith Network, contains a broad diversity of denominations and variety of beliefs, yet within our diversity we persistently seek unity.  Our ethical systems, while centered upon love of God and neighbor, also have distinct differences.  In the midst of these differences we seek to honor each individual’s conscience, and in the spirit of mutual respect for each unique tradition, we therefore affirm the following:

  • Support religious liberty and the ability to exercise one’s rights based on conscience, moral codes and beliefs.
  • Public policy should not unnecessarily impose or give privilege to any one particular viewpoint.
  • Support public policies that both respect religious liberty and protect against the use of religious beliefs or traditions to discriminate or undermine equality.
  • Seek to advance religious liberty and justice that respects individuals, supports the common good and reflects mutual respect and affirmation toward the diverse and independent faith traditions that make Wyoming strong.